12 lenses of Christmas: December 2023 was portrait primetime for Fujifilm, with something new replacing two things old

Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R WR
(Image credit: Digital Camera World)

There’s a lot to be said for crop-sensor camera systems but easy bokeh isn’t one of them. To deliver a tighter depth of field, Fujifilm originally launched the Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R, with a super-fast aperture and an effective focal length of about 85mm. That made it a perfect portrait lens. Almost. For further improvements in bokeh, especially in terms of softening the edges of bokeh disks from the likes of defocused lights, the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD came along, with its ‘apodization filter’. In December, we reported that the writing was on the wall for both of these lenses, thanks to the launch of the more recent Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R WR. In other Fujifilm news, we showed leaked images of the rumored forthcoming Fujinon XF 16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 R LM WR standard zoom.

Fujifilm killed off two birds with one stone, in the shape of the Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R WR (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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