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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Great low light aperture of f/1.2
  • This lens is a manual focus lens.
  • Fastest manually focusing Nikkor lens.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 1435
  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 50 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 50 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 0.1 x 3 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009R95Y
  • Item model number: 1435
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 24, 2003

Product Description


This lens is a manual focus lens and is not for use with digital SLR cameras. Fastest normal manually focusing Nikkor lens.

Professional photographers make Nikkor lenses their lenses of choice. Nikon is committed to every aspect of lens manufacturing, maintaining clarity, sharpness, focusing accuracy, range and reliability.This product is designed for the use with Nikon AIS.

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Nikon's 1.8/50mm is a great lens at much lower cost AND has auto-focus.
Siraf
Wide open at f 1.2 the depth of field is very shallow and one can isolate the subject completely from the environment.
sdone
It takes patience and good technique to nail the focus (and it takes a subject who isn't moving).
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Willie Sanford on December 12, 2011
*Not heavy or bulky at all--I found it to be lighter than most any lens yet the build quality is robust--and the wide grip focus ring allows a rapport 'gliding with preciseness'-- meaning great levels of subtle adjustments.

*At f2 it's truly sharp-you read of those saying this lens and that lens is sharp wide open--only to find this is BS--well f2 isn't wide open but it's so sharp that didn't want it any sharper (without any post processing I could see the faint stitch patterns in a baseball cap--and I don't mean the main stitch threads--I mean within the smooth surface of the cotton--and 2.8 was sharper than that even--in fact sharper than I thought lenses could get and yet a faint creaminess was still there!)

*Since at f2 you have real world-perfectly usable sharpness (this is where I keep the lens set for 90 percent of my work) you are no longer in the basement of 2.8 and below. All of which means f2 on this lens sends the world of available light photography through the roof.

*Its bokeh is beautiful stuff and tends to define in a Monet-like way rather than other worlds of surrealistic soft cotton. But there is an almond shaped disc effect it does to background lights that is famous when used at 1.2...I have as of yet to replicate this with accuracy. But it has happened. Flickr will show you what I mean.

*I found the colors to be more than just accurate--they were spot on. (Using Nikon D3)In fact, I am still kind of stunned at the color fidelity.

*IQ --Okay the only fair thing to compare it to is the legendary Nikkor 85 1.4---I have the AIS (MF only)and the 85 is creamier with more dynamic range--meaning the 50mm is rendered just a bit more clinical in comparison. Basically the 85mm gives you a bit more romance--the 50mm tells you like it is.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sdone on August 11, 2012
I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer who still has a day job that pays the bills. I make my photographs with a Nikon D3s and I have a range of prime lenses and also zoom lenses. When I started using Nikon cameras back in the early 1960's with the Nikon F Photomic T which I used for a long time the only way to shoot was with a prime lens. When this lens made its debut and I forget when it was, I was awestruck by this phenomenal work of engineering art. What a piece of glass it was and so fast at f 1.2. I think it was the fastest one out there. Then I thought it was so expensive I could never afford it and I did not. Now by comparison it is rather inexpensive, but only available used (pre-owned) of course. It is well worth the price since it is so well built it is almost indestructible if the lenses are not scratched.

When zoom lenses came along they had their problems which have since been resolved and they now are the most used lenses and for good reason. They have largely displaced the prime lenses. There is still a place for the prime lens and even with the fast digital cameras (the claim to fame of my D3s is speed) there is still a place for analog speed. When one is gathering light by analog optical means rather than digital one does not suffer from the problem of digital noise and that is a real advantage. Managing the light and depth of field is where this lens shines, no pun intended. This is a jewel that has no match in the photographic crown. Solidly built it is purely mechanical because that is where lenses were when it was made. It is light weight, despite its mammoth aperture because it is just lens elements, barrel and diaphragm, no motors or other devices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Siraf on January 5, 2014
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The lens is great. Beautifully designed and put together. This lens belongs firmly in the "they don't build them like this anymore" category, except that apparently at Nikon they still do. It has quality written all over it.

Focus: This is a manual focus lens and the focus mechanism feels simply great. Very smooth yet not too light. All in all easy to use but as with all manual focusing, it takes practice. In low light focusing becomes a lot more difficult which is ironic given the ridiculously wide aperture of the lens.

Image quality: At f1.2 the lens is soft and unforgiving. That's not to say you can't take great images with it. The combination of 50mm focal length and super wide aperture make for great effects in portraits. The bokeh IMO is quite pleasant. At f2.0 the lens becomes sharp, very sharp.

Who is this for: If you have to ask, you probably don't need this. Nikon's 1.8/50mm is a great lens at much lower cost AND has auto-focus. This lens on the other hand, is for enthusiasts and collectors (and hobbyists for whom cost isn't a big issue). You get a great super fast lens (at a price) and for better or worse you're stuck with manual focus.

Note: I use this on a D800 and I had to create a lens profile on the camera order for the exif data to be stored correctly.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lovegaze on October 6, 2012
If you are looking for that one incredibly special lens for your D700/D800, look no further. If you are even considering purchasing this lens, there is nothing really to think about. This lens is it, it's a no-braner, it's the one you will not regret buying. As a matter of fact, just add it to your cart now while you still can. The Nikon 50mm F/1.2 AIS lens is a solid hunk of beautiful glass that will give you pictures that you will not believe you had created yourself. If you are patient, and are willing to take your time in composing your shot, this lens will reward you handsomely. At F/1.2, you will be able to create dreamy photos with bokeh that other lenses can only dream of. You'll be able to melt away your background easier than butter in a hot frying pan. At F/2 and above, you will be able to capture incredible detail that will shock and pleasantly surprise you.

I would highly recommend getting the DK-17M magnifying eyepiece with this lens for your D700/D800 to make manual focusing even easier. Trust me, you will thank me for it.
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