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  1. Just to set the scene here, I'm an enthusiast photographer, mostly focused on candid street and event photography. In this review, I'm not going to be talking about vignetting, chromatic aberration, or technical specs. Instead, I'm going to share my impressions of someone who's a non-professional photographer who depends quite heavily on the AF performance to get great shots. MY EQUIPMENT📷 I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T5 as my primary camera and a Fuji X-T30ii during travels. I love them both. I LOVE Fujifilm products. Their cameras and lenses have always been a pleasure to use. Solid build, aperture rings, and just wonderful to hold in the hands. I own the following lenses: XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Viltrox 27mm F1.2 Pro Fujifilm XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR Viltrox 75mm 1.2 Pro Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN I've also tested and used: FujifilmXF 35mm F1.4 R FujifilmXF 35mm F2 R WR Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD I've owned Canon, Sony, and even an Olympus camera way back in the day. Fujifilm is hands down my favorite, and I'll probably always stick with Fujifilm as my go-to APS-C camera brand from here on out. WHY I PURCHASED THE FUJIFILM XF 56MM F1.2 R WR LENS💰 I'd been looking for a solid 56 prime to add to my collection of Fuji lenses for quite some time, and I was basically down to the Fujifilm XF 56mm 1.2 R WR and the Sigma 56mm 1.4 DC DN, something I asked for other's opinions on in this earlier post . After reading many reviews online, I decided to go with the Sigma 56mm 1.4 at first, mostly because it was less than half the price of the Fuji, and as a non-professional photographer, I couldn't quite justify spending nearly $1000 for a lens, although I wasn't against the idea either. I was very pleased with the Sigma lens because the AF was fast, the IQ was amazing, and the lens itself was lightweight (which doesn't hurt). However, I didn't love the Sigma lens the same way I loved my Fuji 16-55 2.8 or 33 1.4 WR, mostly because it lacked an aperture ring. So after going to a Fujifilm course last weekend and trying out the more expensive Fuji 56mm f/1.2 WR, I decided that I just wanted to have the 56mm lens with an aperture ring. I also felt having the slightly larger maximum aperture wouldn't hurt, and I preferred the feel of the Fuji lens in my hands because the build quality feels so much more solid. I'd seen many people online critiquing the fact the Fuji 56 1.2 WR doesn't have a linear motor. I figured that's not ideal, but honestly, in testing the lens at the Fujifilm House of Photography in London, I didn't notice a major speed issue when trying out the lens in-store. Although I'll admit, the lens didn't exactly blow me away either. When comparing it side by side with the older 56 1.4 R lens there, I didn't see a massive difference in image quality, something the Fujifilm rep confirmed was the impression of many customers. Regardless, after leaving the store, I spotted a good deal online, so bought the Fuji 56 1.2 WR lens. I assumed I would enjoy it more than the Sigma 56, which I'd planned to just sell because I don't need two 56mm primes. FUJI 56'S AF MOTOR WAS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT👎🏻 Boy, did the Fuji 56 1.2 WR let me down. To say the lens had a disappointing performance would be an understatement. After using the Fuji 56 1.2 WR lens for only about 10 minutes, I found myself being very annoyed by the loud motor, which I hadn't picked up on in-store because I was in a noisier environment. The motor's nonstop jots and noisy revving distracted me from my actual photography. The Fuji also had a very slow AF acquisition speed, especially compared to the Sigma 56 f/1.4, with both stationary and moving objects. It was like night and day. I found this poor performance very surprising because normally, I find Fuji lenses very precise and speedy, including the XF 33 1.4 (with the LM). I don't even mind the older 35mm 1.4, which has a noisy motor, but isn't slow per se. Perhaps because that lens is smaller, the older motor wasn't as bothersome. I'm going to just come out and say the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R WR lens is one of the most disappointing lenses I've ever used, especially given the $1000+ retail price tag. The noisy, jittery, slow, and dated DC coreless autofocus motor offsets any of the benefits this camera otherwise offers with its new "optical formula" and AF motor compared to the older XF 56mm. Yes, the images can come out amazing, but the value for money just isn't there when other lenses like the Sigma 56 f/1.4 exist (more on this later). The DC coreless AF motor on the Fuji just struggled and laboured. At times, it even felt slower than the 10-year-old Fuji 56 f/1.4 R lens, perhaps because there's a bit more glass to move. It felt like a tired lens, worn out over time, labouring to just grab simple focus spots. Rather than moving quickly and precisely, it moved in an uneven, jolty manner when acquiring focus to the point where I could feel my normally speedy X-T5 camera literally jerking in my hands. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS🤔 On a side note, the hood is clunky on this lens. It feels more plastic and less rigid than those on all my other Fujifilm XF lenses. Because the 56 1.2 lens is so tapered, the barrel-shaped lens doesn't sit very securely when stored due to the gap between the hood and narrower part of the lens. But this isn't a huge issue, and the hood fits just fine when in use. Finally, on a positive note, when I did get a good shot, the image quality from this lens was really nice. However, nothing significantly different compared to the older Fuji 56 1.4 or the Sigma 56 1.4. I did a quick blind side-by-side test of images with a few non-photographers, and most couldn't tell the difference in the images. When I asked which image they thought came from the more expensive lens, they had no idea. SIGMA'S 56MM 1.4 IS JUST BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY👍🏼 Despite the lack of aperture ring and more plastic feel, I can confidently say that I prefer the Sigma 56mm 1/4 due to its lighter weight, AF performance, and AF speed. In testing both, I expected it might be a tossup, but the Sigma was the clear winner, hands down. The Sigma 56 1.4 feels like a modern, speedy lens that can keep up with anything. In contrast, the Fujifilm 56 1.2 WR feels like a tired lens struggling to just keep up. The motor performance just isn't there. It reminds me of my experiences using an older MacBook with those older Intel processors and loud cooling fans. Still great machines that certainly allow you to do your work, but nothing compared to the latest MacBooks with the Apple Silicon chips. The Fujifilm 56 1.2 WR feels like the former--a bit noisy, slow, and clunky. And the Sigma 56mm 1.4 the latter--quiet, quick, and sleek. I wish this wasn't my verdict because I'd prefer to have a lens with an aperture ring, but honestly, after using the Fujifilm 56 1.2 WR for a few minutes, it became so clear to me that the Sigma lens was superior when it comes to AF focus and overall value for money.
  2. A short while ago I had a playful morning, dropping the sigma 56mm attached to my x-e4in my bag and nothing else, decided to ignore architecture and to devote to the strong characters of vibrant, deep, real urban life. Or else. But first a man has to eat. And what are we without a glass of wine and a book? And then out the door I am Oh so urban Ambience, please. Here you are Fear to be overcome Edgier again Must move, not to disturb the magic Getting there and then looking up But we are not alone They are watching Me too: once, Twice! Then a moment devoting myself to art Heading into a seedier corner, and it shows . You know who they are And I move to a safe place Then, out and heading home, meeting a happy accident Two minutes there and then on the tram That’s all!
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