Nikon 50mm f/1.2 (AI, AIS)
Posted 28 February 2010 - 18:36
Here's a snap from my living room just now.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 22:56
Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:25
Posted 05 September 2010 - 02:45
Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:11
Cava in the making somewhere in Catalunya, with a single small lightbulb as the only light source the 50/1.2 on the D3S captured it with grace @ ISO8000 (no NR), f/1.2 and 1/60s. Butter smooth comes too mind ;D
A starter captured at f/2 to get little more DOF, boke still butter smooth.
These were taken on our Scavenger Tour in Norway, the former at f/2.8 (really sharp) and the latter at f/5.6 (razor sharp).
Only the mediocre are always at their best....
Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:39
MTF charts and vignetting diagrams and sharpness charts won't tell you why this lens is amazing. It has what most lenses (especially at 50mm) don't have, and that's a character. The 50mm f/1.2 AI-s is the only lens I own that I fight myself to not edit images. They look spectacular straight out of camera. The colors are rich and warm and the image pops without being clinically sharp. Couple that with a build quality in the same class as Nikon's best... with a true cinema glass feel... and you'll see where that "cinematic" word came from. They designed this focus ring to perfection. It feels amazing. It's incredibly deliberate in its movement, with a buttery smooth, yet incredibly tactile feel. It's seriously lens feel at it's absolute best. It gives you the confidence required to manually focus at razor thin depth of field. But back to the crux of the matter, this lens produces images that look like stills from a masterpiece of cinema. The depth of field isolation with all these wonderful traits does truly appear to stop time in a gripping fashion.
As far as sharpness goes, there is a difference between "soft" and "out of focus", and it is quite easy to be the latter. As someone said before, many times it is best to do a bracket of focus when you can as the 3-segment meters on most digital cameras aren't accurate enough for f/1.2. Now, as far as softness when focus is nailed, it is absolutely nothing some mild sharpening in post won't fully correct... that is, if you want it. While some subjects call for it, I find the slight softness to be very pleasing and complimentary to the colors and overall impact of the capture.
Here are a few shots I have taken in the two months I have had this gem:
Posted 31 December 2010 - 20:51
Posted 31 December 2010 - 23:15
@ f1.2 (2 frame blend)
@ f4 (7 frame stack, CS4 left some ghosting which I did not clean up)
Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:58
I do like the natural vignetting as well. Here's a ooc jpeg.
Posted 27 May 2014 - 20:05
I just got it married with my Df. I brought them in front of the altar :
100% crop :
Fine performance wide open, I'd say. The red fringes are unavoidable.
Stopped down to f/2... the mass is said, if I may express myself that way.
Distortion is indeed higher than on other 50mm Nikkors, but easily corrected in LR5 (regular barrel).
Now back to work, and let us see if I am able to extract the magic others already found in this lens.
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