[CES 2014] If there’s one thing that new photographers tend to be confused about is why are lenses considered good for portraits typically of the prime variety that are quite zoomed in? Well one of the reasons is because it allows photographers to frame the face/neck/shoulders of their subject nicely, plus there are some photographers who feel that prime lenses are less complex compared to zoom lenses, which means that they can be cheaper and even sharper than regular zoom lens. Well if you’re after a portrait lens, you might be very interested in Fujifilm’s recently announced FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R lens, which is an 85mm equivalent lens that Fujifilm is calling perfect for portrait photography.
According to Fujifilm, the new lens will sport a new optical design that features 11 elements in 8 groups. This new combination is said to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations for “superior” images. The lens will also sport an aperture ring allowing photographers to adjust aperture on the fly, and will “click” between the f-stops which will allow photographers to make adjustments without taking their eyes off their subjects. As far as compatibility is concerned, the Fujifilm XF56mmF1.2 R lens will play nicely with all of Fujifilm’s X-series of interchangeable lens cameras. Priced at $999.95, it definitely priced for the professional and should be available come February 2014.