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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 (AI, AIS)


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#21 stenrasmussen

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 18:36

It is a wonderful piece of glass. But, one has to evaluate lighting in order to get the most out of it.
Here's a snap from my living room just now.

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#22 gerhard2006

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 22:56

I use this lens on a D300 and love it. I bought a split image focussing screen from eBay for around $20 US and love it. Now I can use all my manual focus lenses on this camera. It makes it so much easier to use and focus accurately. Regards, Gerry

#23 NuteShack

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:24

on the d700 @1.2
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i was prolly too critical of the lens ..still like my Zeiss 50 better 8)

#24 Fons Baerken

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:33

My favourite mf nikkor  :)

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on the d700 wide open :)

#25 Jan Anne

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:40

Love this lens, usable sharp wideopen and wicked sharp closed down a few stops:
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D3S and f/1.2

Only the mediocre are always at their best....

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#26 HenkL

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:25

one heck of a lens.. I love the vignetting this lens gives @ f1.2 to f2. Tack sharp at f2. The only one complaint I have is the little barrel distortion. Lovely handling. I use it sometimes with a ND or pola at daytime.

#27 dpowell

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 02:45

Jan Anne's shot reminded me of a series of shots I took while overseas in 2008.  Here's one - a wide open portrait at night.

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#28 Jan Anne

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:11

Some more pics shot with this amazing lens.

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
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A starter captured at f/2 to get little more DOF, boke still butter smooth.
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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).
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#29 Luc de Schepper

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 20:13

Great lens, my favorite. A joy to use; unique rendering and outstanding - they don't make them anymore like this - build quality.

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#30 Sean Molin

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:39

If I had to chose one word to describe the only truly pro 50mm in Nikon's lineup, it would be: Cinematic.

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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:

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#31 mshi

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:56

Just sold it last week.

at f/4
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#32 gerhard2006

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 20:51

All three shots have their own unique character. I found my 1.2 lens was just "cookin' by 5.6 and the detail was second to none as seen in your gorgeous shot of the woman, nice pose as well. What a shame to part with such a optical gem. I guess who ever bought it though will now experience it's greatness. For my part though it's become my favourite lens and one I don't leave home without it.Regards, Gerry

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 23:15

I've only had this lens as a 1 week rental. Someday I'll find one of my own.

@ f1.2 (2 frame blend)
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@ f4 (7 frame stack, CS4 left some ghosting which I did not clean up)
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I've seen the big picture and I'm not in it.

#34 stenrasmussen

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:58

I am sooo in favor of this lens in the normal range (whatever that is).
I do like the natural vignetting as well. Here's a ooc jpeg.

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#35 Airee

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 20:05

I just got it married with my Df. I brought them in front of the altar :

 

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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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