Fujifilm discontinues the XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD in Japan – but don't worry, there is a replacement

Fujifilm XF56mmF1.2 R WR
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

It looks like the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD is on its way out as camera stores in Japan have started to mark it as discontinued. Renowned for its super smooth bokeh and extremely wide aperture, this portrait-perfect lens has since been replaced by an even better version. 

Fujifilm first released the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD after owners of the original Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R expressed a desire for an even smoother, creamier bokeh. Fujifilm responded by launching a version with an apodization filter which helps to smooth out the transition in out-of-focus areas creating less harsh edges. Fujifilm was one of the first consumer camera brands to add an apodization to its lenses but according to a recent patent, it looks like Canon is gearing up to launch four zoom lenses with defocus smoothing which is another way of creating the same effect. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.