FujiFilm’s Perfect 56mm f1.2

Just one of the wide walkways near the Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park.

This lens is one of the reasons I wanted to give the Fuji X Mount system a try. The first lens I picked up was the 35mm f1.4 and I was impressed, but not nearly as impressed as I have been with the 56mm f1.2.

A beautiful wedding ceremony at the Nogi Shrine.

I have had the chance to shoot with it a little around the house and Taipei but that is about it. For me, I have always found it fun to take new gear on the road for a thorough shakedown. So, I loaded up the X-T1, the 56mm f1.2 and headed out for an extended weekend in Tokyo. Friends, food, bright lights, fast pace, food…just a few of the reasons to spend time in Tokyo.

Late night Tokyo near Shinjuku Station.

The point of the weekend was to visit a friend and fellow Leica shooter, Dave (shoottokyo.com) and spend some quality time behind the camera. The set up for the weekend was the Leica M9 with Zeiss 18mm f4 and the Fujifilm X-T1 and 56mm f1.2. Between the two lenses I had an ultra wide view of the city and a medium length telephoto lens for isolation and low-light shooting.

My other companion for the weekend. As an added bonus, that Zeiss 18mm also works great on the Fuji.

One of the main reasons for choosing the 56mm was that I spend a lot of my time shooting the streets at night. I enjoy the way a city lives and moves at night, but the challenge is getting enough light for your subject. The fast 1.2 nature of this lens combined with the great ISO characteristics of the X-T1 make this a fun combination.

All of the photos in this post were taken with the 56mm wide open.


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