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Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 APD (Bokeh)

I’ve shot some aperture series comparisons between the Fujfilm 56mm f/1.2 and the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 APD, to evaluate the bokeh differences between the two across the aperture range. To be presented when I return from my trip in Guide to Mirrorless.

The APD (“apodized”) version has a special gradated internal filter which smooths out transitions, with the effect most distinct at the widest (brightest) apertures.

Miner’s Beacon
f1.2 @ 1/50 sec, ISO 200; 2015-03-09 12:54:27
X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R APD

[low-res image for bot]

The Fujifilm X-T1 drove me crazy with the same idiotic behavior that I experienced almost three (3!) years ago with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. First, playing an image resets lens focus (as do certain other things). Thus if you want to check exposure by playing the image, focus is whacked, and you must refocus, thus destroying the comparative value of prior frames that are supposed to be matched in focus. Try repeating that over and over when trying to match lenses for comparison. I wasted a lot of time reshooting and reshooting due to the work-destroying focus-reset behavior in particular; it kept kicking me in the shins. This isn’t academic for my needs either; there are plenty of shooting situations in which prefocus is useful or even mandatory.

Then there is the camera resetting the self timer to off every time the camera is powered on/off. Having only one battery on hand, I was compelled to do so often.

These two behaviors (and a few others) are so aggravating for my working needs that I would not even consider the Fujifilm platform until these things are fixed. Cameras are a lot more than specs—and these simple things make the Fujifilm platform an abject failure for my needs. Finally, the X-T1 EVF felt herky-jerky and washed out compared to the Olympus E-M5 Mark II EVF. I’d far rather shoot the Olympus platform.


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