Fuji Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R Lens vs Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 Lens
As an Urban Life Photographer one of my passions is Street Portraiture photographs, usually taken candidly. I’ve been lucky enough to own both of these great lenses using them on the street not the studio, so here’s my thoughts.
At this point I just want to post a disclaimer stating that none of these images were taken with a review in mind, they are just images from my photo library.
Night Time Crossing: Fujifim XE-2 – 1/100s f/1.2 ISO2500 56mm (35mm eq:84mm)
Into the cold: Panasonic GX7 – 1/400s f/2.0 ISO1250 43mm (35mm eq:86mm)
Lets get a few facts out of the way first:
Fuji Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R Lens
Diameter: 73mm Length: 70mm Weight: 405g
Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 Lens
Diameter: 74mm Length: 77mm Weight: 425g
Handling – So you can see that the lenses are very similar in size and weight. You would think the Fuji would be much better balanced on the Fuji X Cameras as they are generally larger than their m4/3 counterparts. In my experience the Nocticron is OK on the Panasonic GX7 (feels front heavy but comfortable to hold) and the Olympus OMD EM-1 its fine. The Fuji feels OK on the XT-1 and X Pro1 but on my XE-2 I’ve had to purchase the external grip for a more secure hold. All other cameras such as Olympus Pens and Fuji XM-1 the balance is off.
Bokeh – On both the bokeh is very pleasing to my eye, the balls are more rounded on the Nocticron due to having 9 aperture blades to the Fuji’s 7 (one of the reasons Fuji introduced the APD version).
Smile: Panasonic GX7 – 1/400s f/2.5 ISO200 43mm (35mm eq:86mm)
Sammie Jay: Fujifilm XE-2 – 1/250s f/1.2 ISO2500 56mm (35mm eq:84mm)
Using on the streets – With both lenses being on the larger size for a mirrorless camera you do become obvious when using your camera. I decided awhile back not to become a ‘sneaky’ street photographer and make it obvious what I’m doing. This makes it easier to use these larger lenses as you are not so worried about being seen. If you want not to be seen and blend in more, then there are alternatives with the Nocticron but not with the Fuji. The Olympus 45mm is an excellent lens, very compact and a lot cheaper than the Nocticron and so this would seem to be a better choice for a street photographer. If you are a Fuji shooter, the 56mm is excellent on the streets and I recommend buying it…… but perhaps you might need to get bolder to get the shots you want.
For more in depth reviews, I recommend Gordon Laing at CameraLabs.com