Amongst all of the other Fuji announcements from today, this new 56mm F/1.2 APD may not stand out, but when you learn more about it, you will see why this is a lens to keep an eye on.
Fuji already has a 56mm F/1.2, so what is so special about this updated APD version? To put it simply, this lens is identical to the 56mm F/1.2 in every way except for the new APD filter, which is specifically designed to render unique and especially pleasing bokeh.
The APD, or apodizing filter, is used to produce a controllable and aesthetically-pleasing bokeh, that is characterized by sharp main subjects, tremendously blurred background, and an overall three-dimensional quality. (Though it is a bit unclear HOW the APD filter is controllable). Additionally, an HT-EBC multi-layer coating has also been applied to elements to minimize surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for more contrast-rich, color-neutral results.
Overall, this is a premium version of their still stellar 56mm F/1.2, one that I personally am very curious to try out. I want to see what all the hoopla about this lenses’ bokeh is about. At any rate, if you are interested, you can pre-order the new 56mm F/1.2 APD now over on B&H for $1,499.