DPR: Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R vs XF 56mm f/1.2 R WR No Advantage at f/5.6

Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R WR MKII
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

DPR did some testing to see if they need to update their X-mount studio scene testing using the new Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R WR MKII since previous testing was done with the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R stopped down to f/5.6. The Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R WR MKII is specifically designed to resolve the resolution of Fujifilm’s new 40MP sensor, but when both lenses are stopped down to f/5.6 the resolving power is similar with a slight contrast advantage given to the newer lens after testing.

Our interpretation is that there is a slight contrast benefit to the use of the new 56mm F1.2R WR vs. the non-WR lens; in the widget above we’ve tried to highlight the area of greatest difference. In our judgement the difference is not sufficient, at the aperture value the test scene is shot at, to justify breaking consistency with previous Fujifilm models tested in our setup.

This isn’t a comment on the new lens: we’d expect to see greater differences at wider apertures, and we’ve found the autofocus performance to be improved over the older version. But neither of these are pertinent to the selection of our standard Fujifilm test lens, so we’ll stick with the original 56mm F1.2R for now, to maintain perfect continuity in the studio comparison feature our site provides.

Fujifilm X-T5 Black:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T5 Silver:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Fujifilm X-H2:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama

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