Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R APD

Fujifilm has two 56mm lenses for their X Series cameras, and although the APD is near identical in spec, it’s hiding a secret its rivals can’t compete with...

Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R APD

Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R APD

APD stands for apodization filter, an inclusion that makes the bokeh smoother than a regular lens. By counteracting the lens’ natural diffraction, it’s able to remove the hard edge of bokeh and represent it as a smooth, gradual decline. This is a feature which gives the APD its allure, making it one of the few lenses available with an apodization filter.

The only downside is that apertures are slightly narrower than you realise until you reach f/5.6, so Fujifilm has included a scale to let you know the effective aperture (e.g. f/1.2 is actually f/1.7). It also has the bonus of feeling like a modern lens, with autofocus and full compatibility with X Series cameras.

The effect, while subtle, is a lens which creates a stunning array of bokeh, while avoiding any nasty distortions.

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Pros

  • Amazing image quality
  • Gorgeous and plentiful bokeh
  • Autofocus

Cons

  • Subtle effect
  • Expensive

Spec

  • Aperture: f/1.2-16
  • Weight: 410g
  • Focal length: 15mm
The bokeh looks gorgeous and soft, thanks to the apodization filter 

The bokeh looks gorgeous and soft, thanks to the apodization filter