Fuji 56mm: So That's What The Fuss Is About!

I've been cruising around with my 60mm f/2.4 since around November last year, and to be honest been pretty happy with it.  I was contemplating at the time buying the Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 but at that precise moment the offer of a 60mm f/2.4 came up which was too good to miss, and so decided the 56mm could wait as the 60mm was a lens I'd tried in the past and liked very much. In fairness, as a portrait lens, I think the 60mm does a pretty good job.  It's IQ is very good, and the images it produces such as the one below are as good as anything you can find elsewhere.  However, in anything less than good light it's not the fastest, and can hunt around a bit and sometimes playing the waiting game focus wise isn't what you want.

Fuji 60mm f/2.4 - Not too shabby at all

With the spectre of the 56mm still looming, I've been keeping half an eye open for one since the beginning of the year, thinking if one came to me at the right price I'd snap it up.  Well, just today it has.  I managed to bag one locally to me, which is in excellent condition and first impressions are well, wow! I can certainly see why people absolutely rave about it.

Build wise it's fantastic, it's a solid piece of kit, but not so big as it looks out of place on the XT-1.  I pretty much keep the vertical grip on my body all the time, and first impressions are it balances it all out really nicely. I actually like the physical size and with a nice large focus ring on it, it's easy to focus and then use the focus assist to check your focus.

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With the minimum aperture of f/1.2 this is a low light muncher, and snaps to focus fast and without fuss on the XT-1.  Trying it in a number of different rooms in my home it locks focus almost instantly without hesitation.  This is going to be an awesome lens to use I just know it.  I haven't as yet tried it on the X-Pro1, I'm having far too much fun with it on the XT!

IQ as you'd expect is just stunning - the bokeh is sublime and the crispness of the image produced is fabulous. Indeed I think the only issue may even be trying to control the depth of field such is the razor thin DOF available at f/1.2.

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So, at stage just a very quick review. I'm hoping to get out and really give it a good work out over the next few days, so expect more gushing praise imminently.  In the meantime, if you're looking for a Fuji 60mm f/2.4, get in touch, mine's not going to be needed for much longer!