Gearing up for Photokina, Fujifilm has announced the XF 56mm F1.2 R APD - APD standing for apodization. The lens is a variant of the existing XF56mm F1.2 R, utilizing the same underlying design of 11 elements in 8 groups but it adds an apodization filter.

Essentially, the apodization filter is a radial gradient filter designed to exactly compensate for any bright regions in the circles of confusion the lens projects. This means it should produce out-of-focus highlights with even fall-off and smoother rendering of out-of-focus regions. It would also be expected to match the existing 56mm lens for sharpness but offer more pleasant bokeh.

The Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 isn't the first lens to use an apodization filter: Minolta's 135mm STF lens, still made by Sony, used the same principle. However, while the Minolta lens was manual focus only, the 56mm APD isn't. The Fujifilm lens is limited to the use of contrast detection autofocus (because the apodization filter darkens exactly the region of the lens that the phase-detection elements would usually collect light from), but it can still autofocus.

The 56mm APD features two levels of markings: the conventional F-stops, marked in white, and the T-stops, that take light-transmission into account, in red. The depth of field depends on the f-stop but the exposure required by the lens will relate to the marked T-stops. As you close the aperture down, less and less use is made of the outer edges of the apodization filter, so the difference between the T-stop and F-stop value decreases until they're the same at F5.6 and darker.

The lens comes at a $500 premium over the conventional XF56 lens, and it will be available in December for $1499.95. 

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FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES WEATHER RESISTANT FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR AND FAST APERTURE FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD LENSES

Valhalla, N.Y., September 10, 2014 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced two new premium XF lenses: the weather resistant FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR that creates a perfectly weather-sealed kit for amazing photography in all weather conditions when paired with FUJIFILM X-T1; and the fast aperture FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD with apodization filter for all X-Series X-Mount CSC's that creates perfect portraits with beautiful bokeh.

FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
The new FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR has a focal length equivalent to 76-213mm, and a constant F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. The length of the lens barrel remains constant throughout the entire zoom range, and features a weather resistant and dust-resistant finish that can also work in temperatures as low as 14°F. Thanks to a high-performance gyro sensor, a unique image stabilization algorithm and the bright F2.8 aperture, hand-held photography is possible in a wider range of shooting conditions. The XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR also now uses the world's first Triple Linear Motor for fast and quiet autofocusing and shooting. 

The FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR has a lens construction of 23 glass elements in 16 groups, which features five ED lens elements, and one Super ED lens element with low dispersion to substantially reduce chromatic aberrations. The XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR also uses a new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology that ensures this high-performance lens delivers the outstanding imaging results that photographers have come to expect from the award-wining X-Series. 

FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD (Apodization)
The new FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD (Apodization) is a fast and nearly silent lens for FUJIFILM X-Series CSC's that has a maximum aperture of F1.2 to make it the world's brightest autofocus lens for digital cameras with an APS-C sensor. In addition, the new apodizing filter makes it the ideal choice for portrait photography where every detail is crystal clear, with images set on a gorgeous bokeh with smooth outlines for pictures with a three-dimensional feel.

The XF56mm F1.2 R APD is constructed of 11 glass elements in eight groups, including one aspherical glass molded lens element and two extra low dispersion lens elements. Spherical aberrations are corrected by the aspherical glass element to deliver high resolution at the maximum aperture setting. Additionally, thanks to the combination of two extra-low dispersion lens elements and three cemented lens elements, chromatic aberrations are greatly reduced.

FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 (76-213mm) R LM OIS WR key features:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with more than 20 sealing points
  • Triple Linear Motor for high-speed, quiet AF and nearly silent operation
  • Comprised of 23 glass elements in 16 groups with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens
  • Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
  • Uses new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Powerful optical image stabilization minimizes shake and blur in low light

FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD (Apodization) key features:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • HT-EBC multi-layer coating to minimize ghosting and flare
  • Comprised of 11 glass elements in 8 groups with one aspherical glass molded lens element and two extra low dispersion lens elements
  • Enhanced resolving power at all apertures when used with an X-series camera that incorporates a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) function
  • Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
  • Inner focusing system that moves small elements in the middle or at the rear of the lens, while keeping the large, front elements stationery for high-speed AF

The FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 (76-213mm) R LM OIS WR will be available in December 2014 for USD $1599.95 \ CAD $1699.99

The FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD will be available in December 2014 for USD $1,499.95 \ CAD $1599.99.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length56 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountFujifilm X
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.2
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Optics
Elements11
Groups8
Special elements / coatings2 ED lens elements, 1 aspherical element, APD filter
Focus
Minimum focus0.70 m (27.56)
Maximum magnification0.09×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicromotor
Full time manualUnknown
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight405 g (0.89 lb)
Diameter73 mm (2.87)
Length70 mm (2.76)
MaterialsMetal barrel, metal mount
Filter thread62.0 mm