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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Nikkor

 
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50mm $700
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(From Nikon lens literature) High-performance compact and lightweight manual focus lens features a fast f/1.2 aperture.

Key Features:

  • Fastest normal manually-focusing Nikkor lens
  • Provides bright viewing, even under dim light conditions
  • Takes popular 52mm filters

Note: Available through special order only against confirmed and non-cancelable orders. Allow 60 to 120 days for delivery. Subject to limited availability.

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Nikkor User Reviews

9.3/10 average of 4 reviews Build Quality 9.5/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (4 reviews)
    Just… amazing!

    Incredible lense! It's a great pleasure to photograph with!

    Here you can see some NEF's I made - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3akmexHeHI_SkhaYjRheVlFWnM&usp=sharing

    I guess there is a little back focusing with the D90 I have, not sure about it as I shoot handheld, there is a shift in colour and contrast for sure - getting warmer when close to 1.2, you can see it in the samples

    And again - amazing!

    reviewed February 14th, 2016
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (15 reviews)
    Sharpness from f/2, bokeh
    High barrel distortion, some CA

    A lens with a dual personality :

    At 1.2-1.4, you get a sharp center but the whole pic looks veiled and dreamy. I could get "underwater" rendering without ever getting wet.

    From f/2, it is as sharp as any modern 50mm lens, and flares reasonably.

    An extremely useful lens that fits many shooting styles, from the creative to the detached/neutral. Much better value, IMHO, than the 50/1.4 or 50/1.8 AIS. Barrel distortion and CA are present but easily corrected in post processing.

    Not that suitable though for night shots because of coma wide open ; the widest apertures are for low light (portrait, boudoir, nude...), not to be confused with night photography.

    I use it mostly on a Df with the standard matte screen, plus a DK-17M loupe. It takes some training to focus properly, but it's feasible.

    reviewed April 26th, 2015
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (52 reviews)
    fast, usable f/1.2, build quality, takes standard 52mm filters
    none

    Nikon'n faster alternative than the usual 50/1.4. It was a luxury back then. I've got this lens along with my Nikon FA. It was like having some piece of japanese luxury. The first thing you'll be noticing is the build quality. It feels solid & sturdy in your hand. The lens is fully loaded with some fine glasses and mostly metal parts. It's good.

    Performance is good. You'll get a very usable images wide open, even sometimes you'll get that dreamy look over your images. Well, it's not a Noctillux. The good thing from the old lens designs are that they're using the standardized 52mm filter thread, including this fast 50/1.2.

    I would highly recommend this lens for film/analog users or digital bodies with live-view enabled features. For non-live view cameras, focusing can be a serious problem wide open. DoF is hair-thin. You might want to consider installing a split screen on the viewfinder.

    reviewed October 14th, 2012 (purchased for $225)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (3 reviews)
    Sharp wide open, good color rendition, 9-blade aperture
    Manual

    I use this lens and the AI version (7-blade aperture but 180° of focus rotation) on a Canon 7D. The lens can be used wide open without noticeable sacrifice in image quality on the crop sensor camera. Color rendition is good. It isn't too bulky. Shares 52mm filter ring with other Nikon AIS lenses. On the 7D it is equivalent to 80mm, and makes a good portrait lens. It is one of my favorite lenses and I use it frequently.

    reviewed March 13th, 2011 (purchased for $360)