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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-s : Specifications and Opinions


Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-s

The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-s is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1979 to 2015 (discontinued). The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 745 €;
43 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   50 mm
 Angle of view   46.8°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.2
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   7 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.13x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   52 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   380 g
 Dimensions   68 x 47 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on February 20, 2021

Pros: Sharpness from f/2.0, dreamy pics wide open, size and weight, manual focus, "3D pop"

Cons: Coma, modest sharpness and contrast wide open, distortion, vignetting wide open

Opinion: Probably the most interesting "50" in the Nikon lineup. This lens is schizophrenic : dreamy wide open, very sharp from f/2. The rendering, when stopped down, seems to present this elusive "3D pop" effect. The AI (7 blade diaph) and AIS version (9 blades) are equivalent; I use the AI version more often, for some reason. The coatings are pretty good and the lens does not flare much, which is remarkable given its age. Barrel distortion is stronger than with other Nikkor fifties, but regular and easily corrected if need be. Vignetting is a bit annoying wide open ("clipped corner" effect). If you want low coma at wide apertures, get a Noct instead of this one. This is a low light lens rather than a night lens. The 50/1.2 AI happens to be my favourite for street shots (esp. demonstrations or similar events), where its relatively small size does not attract attention, and the "lively" rendering is very contributive.

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avatarjunior
sent on February 21, 2021

Pros: Pastel color rendering, images that look like 3D, amazing blurry. Lightweight and compact like all CPU-free targetses. No flaws.

Cons: It's not a lens for everyone.

Opinion: After owning and using for decades the 50mmf2 AI and the micro 55mmf3.5 AI (which I still use), I embarked on the search for this jewel of technology. I found it used (semi new) in Japan via eBay. I've been using it for about three months, and I've been bewitched by it. Mounted on the Df allows you to wander the streets at dusk and steal wonderful photos. To take full advantage of its features, even better on the D800. I dare not think of the surrender on the D850 (I will borrow it from a dear friend). I've read the other reviews, and they say pretty much everything already. I also have the 85mmf1.4 AF D, and in some ways they are very similarly rendered optics. Too bad they stopped producing it. To those who are giving us a thought, I say: hurry because they will soon no longer be found.

avatarjunior
sent on September 14, 2019

Pros: TA yield, mechanics, character, Bokeh

Cons: TA focus, coma, backlit

Opinion: If I were to venture the classic cliché comparison, I'd say it's a thoroughbred stallion. Difficult to "mount", nervous and unpredictable (especially because on the D750 -but I read that it is a general problem- what you see in the crosshairs at f/1.2 is NOT what you will see in the photo). But if with practice and perseverance you can tame it, then a world opens up. I use it almost exclusively at 1.2 (let's make one thing clear: if one invests 350-450 euros for a fifty, it does it for that quid in more than a 1.8 or a 1.4 do not give you), and after the various 85mm (at least three), the 105 f/2.5 and the 135 f/2 , I finally found my portrait lens. Eye (!) to the eye: only one can be in focus, and you still have to choose between the iris and the eyelashes: at f/1.2 you can't have both in focus. For the rest, closing becomes very engraved (Although it is not true - as some say - that is the fifty sharper than the Nikon from 2.8 and up, indeed), but the chromatic aberrations due to the extreme slathery of the lenses are felt (and see, above all). I wouldn't use it for astrophotography...

avatarjunior
sent on November 30, 2018

Pros: Solidity, general construction, mechanics, character

Cons: Not easy to open focus, barrel distortion

Opinion: A great lens. Mechanically and optically. Impeccable construction and unmatched ring movements. Very soft and ultra-calibrated. A Swiss watch. Optically I find it remarkable, especially from F4 to f 5.6 where from the best of itself. But those who buy such optics are obviously attracted to that F 1.2 that promises fireworks. Well, the MAF is stuff from surgeons but the bokeh gives off dream images. Not simple, requires calm and attention and the results are unique in their kind. Fuzzy creamy, buttery... almost liquid. A marvel. Obviously for the sharpness will have to move to the 2... 2.8 and as I said before at F4 is exceptional. Lens with a very recognizable character, peculiar, not like most of today's very performing but little diversified and rather anonymous. The choice I think should be made keeping in mind this aspect and not just thinking about the lack of autofocus. Dense colors, Pastosi, natural images. It is certainly a dip in the vintage, but also a return to images in which you perceive a less "digital" aspect, less pushed and gritty but also less artifact. The problem is that once you try the temptation is to no longer resort to optics with too many controls and stabilizations. A real gem. Too bad for some pretty obvious barrel distortion and some aberration around the corner... but the perfect optics doesn't exist. To try at least once (and then to keep!)

avatarjunior
sent on July 18, 2017

Pros: Image Quality, Construction, Design, Construction

Cons: Irreplaceable ... an Af remake would be spectacular ...

Opinion: FANTASTIC GOAL! F1.2 pulls out of the pictures of fairy tale, a wonderful bokeh that the current G series dreams of. Already from f2 the sharpness is excellent, though not reaching the clarity of 50 1.8 G, which is a blade (these are two goals that can coexist in a kit). Flare and aberrations fairly present but manageable. Built entirely in metal on Nikon Df is a work of art ... Not to be underestimated that despite the 26 years of production (1979-2015) and the presence of new copies on the market is a circular check ... La maf Manual has a very special ring, but especially open diaphragms, perhaps with the confirmation point, the live view, or a nice FX viewfinder, you have to be careful. In conclusion the best 50mm for Nikon ... a piece of timeless story ...




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