FAST FUJI's - Fuji 23mm f1.4 XF R Fujinon Lens and Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF Fujinon Lens

The Fuji 23mm f1.4 XF R Fujinon Lens and Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF Fujinon Lens are the 'Fast Fuji's'. While the original 'standard' lens the 35m f/1.4 is getting a bit long in the tooth and apparently on the verge of being upgraded, the 23mm and 56mm are Fuji's newest fast state of the art primes.

Above - images shot with the Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF Fujinon Lens (first two) and Fuji 23mm f1.4 XF R Fujinon Lens (second two)

With the Fuji's legendary low light high ISO performance, these are shoot anywhere, anytime lenses. The last time I shot an indoor event, these were the lenses I used. With those fast maximum apertures and that creamy bokeh these are a modern APS-C digital take on those classic film lenses the 35mm and 85mm. 

Now much as a fast standard lens is a nice lens to have, and the camera porn shots were taken with the outfit in the pictures, my Nikon Df + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens, it's nice to have something wider and longer. And the 23mm and 56mm make a nice pair. 

You don't have to use them for street photography and portraiture and the focal lengths aren't set in stone. (Pentax produced the wonderful 31mm and 77mm limited lenses, proving that unusual focal lengths can be just as effective) And in a time when zooms are the order of the day, they still open up a lot of different possibilities.

To see how I've used them click these links.

Fuji 23mm f1.4 XF R Fujinon Lens

Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF Fujinon Lens

And of course they have that Fuji build and capability. It should be obvious by now that I'm far from a see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, died in the wool Fuji fanboy, but I have an awful lot of Fuji gear and I use it all the time. The reason for that has a lot to do with the beautiful lenses that are available for the Fuji X Trans sensor cameras. They are something special and REALLY nice to use. I've written many times about how Fuji don't have a dud in their lens range but it's worth repeating that again. This is a carefully considered approach and while it may have it's roots in the history of camera gear, there is nothing old school about how these lenses perform. 

AN AFTERNOON SHOOTING WITH THE Fuji 23mm f1.4 XF R Fujinon Lens and Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF Fujinon Lens

Bottom LIne - These are fabulous lenses. Fabulous build, fabulous bokeh, fabulous image quality. I don't use them nearly enough but when I do I realise what I've been missing. And while it's true that that great gear doesn't make you a great photographer or mean you take great photographs, it certainly helps!!

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