The Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R vs Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M ASPH

Last night I was filming with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 again to test manual video recording and I decided it would be interesting to do a comparison. I wanted to try something extreme, the FujiFilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R vs Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical. I moved the camera to try to match the field of view and I focused on the most stationary person before beginning recording.

Can you tell which is the Fuji and which is the Leica?

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  • Sabin Kolarov

    1st video is the Leica.

    • Can you elaborate why? I’m curious what your process was.

      • Sabin Kolarov

        Leica lenses give less fine detail on fuji cameras than fuji lenses in my limited experience. On the second video I believe there is more fine detail, so I assumed it’s the native lense.

  • Simon Chi

    I think Leica is the first one because the way it renders light. It has a beautiful render with light and people. I am guessing based on the guy playing guitar in the first video and the way light is on him. It just has a Leica character. I’ve seen photos taken with the 50 lux, and I think it looks like it. Am I correct? Also, the second video looks kind of flat unlike Leica cameras. It looks like most Japanese cameras.

    • I’m going to do a post about it soon. I want to give people some time to discuss it. I’m also curious to see if opinions go one way or another correctly or incorrectly. It’s very obvious in the stock footage, but not as obvious with Youtube’s compression.

    • Sabin Kolarov

      I also noticed this, but I think that the first band is much better lit. The second band had too much light on the central person and too little on the guy on the right. In both situations you loose the shadows and the “3D pop” effect and picture looks flat. Fuji lenses, especially the 56 renders light beautifully and if there is any difference in this regard between the Leica and Fuji, it will not be noticed unless printed.

      • Nothing was changed in area of lighting and the camera was only moved a bit to adjust for framing and FOV so I think you can guess why it appears to be lit differently.

        • Sabin Kolarov

          Well I still believe the first band was better lit, even with the difference of the exposure. You can see that the girl is in the spotlight, but the guy behind is on the left of the girls position. On regard of the Leica look, it’s just less (distracting) detail compared to fujinon glass. If you decide to repeat the test, it will be interesting to see same band same exposure and we will see if someone will notice the Leica look then.