Mirrorless is the future
Remember Kodak? Even though they were pioneers in the digital revolution, they hesitated to move at full speed, simply because they didn’t want to hurt their analog sales. So eventually the competition went full speed and today Kodak is history!
So if you are able to pull back and look at the industry from afar today, you should be able to see a similar situation. I feel that Canon and Nikon execs realize that mirrorless systems are the future but somehow are not willing to take the risk since they have so much invested in the DSLR arena. On the one hand, it would eat their DSLR sales and on the other it’s a huge investment if you decide to do it right (full frame or APS-C and the full complement of lenses).
So what they have done is produce a crippled mirrorless system that in no way can hurt their DSLR sales (look at the Nikon 1 or Canon EOS-M) and are basically just moving along at the slowest pace possible observing quietly while the competition takes the lead. Anyone remember Kodak?
The Fuji X-T1 has the perfect combination of image quality, size, controls and asking price. Of course Fuji products are reasonably priced now simply because they need to grab market share so don’t think Fuji will be pricing their stuff “reasonably” for long! Go Fuji!
XF 56mm F1.2 R APD
It seems that a lot of people don’t understand the thinking behind this lens and to who its targeted audience is. Fuji has a strong client base (mainly from their minilab market) large portions of which are not computer savvy and are primarily JPEG shooters. This is why –if you haven’t already noticed – Fuji cameras are designed primarily for JPEG shooters. Most reviewers agree that Fuji cameras produce the best JPEG’s out there with tones of options and filters simply because they were designed from the start for JPEG shooters. Raw is an afterthought, which explains why there is no RAW converter from Fuji themselves.
So I hope you can see where this is going. The APD version of the 56mm lens is a lens designed for non computer savvy Jpeg users. The APD version is in no way a replacement of the original XF 56mm f/1.2R. Its purpose is to fulfill the needs of JPEG shooters who want a slight vignette straight out of camera. From what I can tell so far, the original 56mm is the lens to get - it’s sharper, faster and overall a better lens at a better asking price!