THE REAL DIFFERENCE: XF56 vs XF56 APD vs FF | NIKO VILLEGAS & JAN GONZALES

By | December 4, 2014

I’ve gotten my fair share of questions regarding the XF56mm F1.2 R APD, most of which are asking what it brings to the table that the original XF56 doesn’t already. The question is quite understandable as there hasn’t really been any sample images that depict the difference of the lenses effectively. Even the marketing material that Fujifilm brought with them to show the differences wasn’t that much convincing from all the photos I’ve seen posted here on the internet of things. Just like the XF50-140, we also had the opportunity to test pre-production samples of the lenses last October. These are the actual lenses displayed in Photokina (where they were first displayed) a day before they arrived here in the Philippines and brought here by non other than Hiroshi Kawahara! The same man who pioneered the X-Series with the original X100. Unfortunately since 56mm isn’t exactly the focal length I work with and seeing this lens is more for portraits than landscape photography, it was all but fitting that two of my colleagues; also two of the best fashion photographers in the country, should be the ones to take on the task – fellow X-Photographers Niko Villegas and Jan Gonzales……..

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