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Nikon AI-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 Fixed Zoom Manual Focus Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- 52mm Front Cap
- LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
- 1-Year Limited Warranty
- Compatible with the following SLR/DSLR formats: FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film.
|Lens Compatibility Information: FX and DX lenses can be mounted on all Nikon DSLR cameras. However, using a DX lens on an FX camera or an FX lens on a DX camera will result in a 1.5x crop factor.
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 0.12 x 3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.39 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.79 pounds|
|Lens Type||Standard Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35 mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.97 pounds|
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Dimensions||3 inches x 3 inches x 0.12 inches||2.91 inches x 2.13 inches x 2.91 inches||1.54 inches x 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches||2.56 inches x 1.69 inches x 2.56 inches|
|Item Weight||0.79 pounds||0.64 pounds||0.34 pounds||0.51 pounds|
|Lens||Standard Zoom lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||1.2||1.4||1.8 f||1.4|
|Max Focal Length||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm|
|Min Focal Length||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm|
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*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.Read more ›
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.
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.
* Truncated bokeh - On the Nikon FE, Canon 7D, and Canon 5D Mk II, specular bokeh on the top and right portions of an image can be "chopped" in half. This is due to the small size of these cameras' light boxes (the chamber between the lens and the film frame). The Nikkor 50mm 1.4 AiS lens does not have this problem (smaller circles of confusion wide open). And, you may not have this problem with your particular camera body.
* Non-circular bokeh, even at f/1.4 - from 1.4 to 2.0, there's a distracting "ban-saw blade" outline with specular bokeh (christmas lights, etc.) From 2.4 to 16, the bokeh are clearly polygonal (nonagonal) and not circular, again for specular bokeh only.
* "Condom-ring" bokeh -- almost every lens that is neutrally corrected for circular aberration seems to have this "bright-edged" look with specular background lights, even expensive aspherical designs like the Canon EF 50mm & 85mm 1.2 L's. The only exceptions I've found so far are the Sigma 50mm 1.4, the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 G, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.0D AF DC and, surprisingly, the bargain-basement Rokinon/Samyang 85mm 1.4. These lenses UNDER-correct for circular aberration in distal out-of-focus areas, creating creamy and "un-jittery" backgrounds (not just for specular highlights but also with straight-line elements like picket fences and buildings)
* 19 min focus distance - I didn't think that the more common 16" min focus distance of the Nikkor 50mm 1.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really a wonderful lens. As everyone else has stated, f/1.2 and 1.4 are both very soft. You will only find these apertures useful in only in specific situations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Texan
Simply Superb -- lovely Bokeh, and with focus conformation on most nikon bodies - No real issues with focusing fairly quickly -- probably helps to select rapid continuously burst... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mmoore
This is not a vintage lens, but it is a vintage optical design with the benefit of modern coatings.
Why would you want anything less than the most up-to-date optical... Read more
Superb lens for portrait. Some feel little noisy when taking pics in low lightPublished 11 months ago by Golla Naresh
I own Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF, f1.4 AF, f1.8 AIs, as well as this 50mm f1.2 AIs. From my testing, the image quality of all these lenses are virtually identical from f2.0 to f16. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carl M. Flarity
This lens is extremely hard to work with because it is manual focus and has such a low f stop (1.2) but I absolutely love using it! It works magic with photos! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keisha Brewer
This is a bit of a quirky lens, in a good way...in that if you learn to get a feel for what it does (and doesn't do), you will get some great results. Read morePublished 17 months ago by TyCoop