Fuji 56mm APD - Is it worth it?

January 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


Fuji 56mm f1.2 APD Lens

There has been lots of hype about this lens, is it deserved? I'll let you be the judge. When Aaron was home for Christmas, we wanted to compare the two side by side. He owns the original lens, and wondered if the new one is worth 50% more. We can't tell you how to spend your money, beauty is as they say in the eye of the checkbook holder, you judge for yourself.

The top image is the "new" lens. You can see this is one super sharp, great contrast lens. So what's the big deal? As you look at the out of focus light, just concentrate on the edges. Compare the roundness of those to the original lens below:

Fuji 56mm f1.2 original Lens

Same exposure, same distance, as controlled as we could do it in the store. Those subtle differences, plus more that I'm sure are beyond my pay grade are the reason for nearly 50% additional cost. While I wouldn't throw this out if they shipped one to me, I sure wouldn't invest the extra to own it.