Fujinon XF56mm f1.2 and XF16-55mm f2.8 Bokeh Comparison

Following along from yesterday’s post, here are four photographs, in two sets of two. Each set has one photo with the 56mm f1.2 and one with the XF 15-55mm f2.8, in that order. All are wide open, and the XF16-55mm is at 55mm.

Not overly rigorous in execution, but it does give you an idea of what to expect with a headshot and a background around 90 – 100 cm away. It’s the kind of thing I would be interested in, so hopefully some will find it useful.

_DSF0035 _DSF0025

Bear in mind too, these are children’s heads filling much of the frame, so the shots are reasonably close / tight.

_DSF0047 _DSF0048 All arrived at via Capture One Pro, Lightroom & some VSCO tweaking.

12 thoughts on “Fujinon XF56mm f1.2 and XF16-55mm f2.8 Bokeh Comparison

    • Thanks. It’s very common here in Japan to have large sliding paper doors that are used as an inside layer on the main sliding glass doors to living rooms, etc. They kinda serve the purpose of blinds or drapes. They also let in a wonderful soft light when the sun is shinning on them. In winter, when it tends to be clearer in the sky, you get more direct sunlight and thus a really good look from them, which makes me refer to them as my Japanese soft box.

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  3. This gives a good demonstration of the difference in the bokeh when shot wide open. An interesting but different comparison would be of images of both the subjects together shot at say f4, perhaps with a more distant background. This is a different scenario but one that comes up regularly on, say, parent and child or engagement portraiture. You often need to stop down to f4 or more to ensure enough of both subject’s face masks are in focus. I wonder if the shape of the bokeh would differ significantly between the lenses as the 56 would be stopped down 3.5 stops compared to only one stop for the 16-55? The 16-55 has a nine blade diaphragm compared to the seven blades of the 56.


      • I did do a comparison of the two and the 90 at f2.8 in terms of bokeh as part of a reply to a post on dpreview if you are interested. I also didn’t think to try it at f4 and f5.6. I did find that the ‘bokeh balls’ of the 56 were beginning to show heptagonal shape around f2.8 though you’d have to nitpick to be really concerned with that.


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