Cameralabs Fujinon XF50mm f/1 vs XF56mm f/1.2 vs XF50mm f/2 Comparison

Camera labs just released a comparison of the Fujinon XF50mm f/1 with the Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 and XF50mm f/2. You can watch the full video above or read the summary below:

  • These lenses are positioned at $500 intervals starting at around $500
  • All three lenses have slightly different coverage with the f/2 being a fraction wider and the f/1.2 being a little tighter
  • The 50mm f/1 has a ton of detail wide open all the way out to the corners, but there is a little vynyetting
  • All 3 have similar performance in the middle with the f/1 having a little more bite
  • In the corners the 50mm f/1 has sharper results
  • The 56mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/2 only catch up in the corners around f/5.6 with the f/2 still being a little behind
  • For portraits the 56mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1 have similar bokeh, but the f/1 is a little softer
  • When stopped down to f/2  the 50mm f/2 has the sharpest edget bokeh which makes it busy which might not be ideal
  • At f/2 the 56mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1 start to take on the shape of their aperture blades
  • You might not get both eyes in focus on the wider aperture lenses wide open
  • All 3 lenses render differently at f/2
  • The 50mm f/1 has the biggest bokeh blobs, while the 56mm f/1.2 renders very defined edges, and the 50mm f/2 has smooth bokeh
  • Fujifilm XF50mm f/1 jumps from f/1.1 to f/1.3
  • The 50mm f/1 has 9 aperture blades while the 56mm f/1.2 has 6 which make bokeh become hexigon shaped at times
  • The 50mm f/2 becomes more attractive the more stopped down you’re shooting
  • Good AF performance for the 50mm f/1 and 56mm f/1.2 they are comparable speed and accuracy wise
  • The 50mm f/2 focused the fastest and hunted the least
  • Lots of lens noise out of the 50mm f/1 and 56mm f/1.2
  • The 50mm f/2 is silent
  • If you need audio without mics the 50mm f/2 is the best option
  • The 50mm f/1 and 50mm f/2 have similar video AF performance with the 56mm f/1.2 being worse
  • There is some LoCA with the 50mm f/1
  • The 70mm minimal focus distance of the 50mm f/1 is a bit limiting
  • The 50mm f/1 gives you a taste of the exotic that is best on large body cameras
  • These three lenses are well differentiated and priced
  • Which to choose is hard to say, but it would be worth owning all three
  • If you could only pick one then you might be best off stretching for the Fujinon XF50mm f/1 R LM WR

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Fujinon XF50mm f/1 R LM WR:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama

Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R: B&H Photo/  Amazon  / Adorama
Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujinon XF50 f/2: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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