Probably The Absolute Sharpest Lens Ever Made By Nikon
Nikon's ultra-high-speed NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 normal
prime lens offers more possibilities
in low-light photography. The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-S is the fastest lens in Nikon's lens lineup. This is one of three commercially made normal lenses that Nikon
produced for the F mount that has a maximum aperture of f/1.2. The two others
are the Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 and the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S is the only one still in production. With it's very wide f/1.2
aperture very shallow
depth of field is possible. It also provides very shallow depth images when used at f/1.2. This lens is notably superior to the previous 55mm f/1.2 design and produces a better result at f/1.2.
50mm is a terrific focal length for basic
portraits, it's slightly
telephoto on most
cropped DSLR cameras
The people who say this lens is soft either needs glasses or the need some sort
of manual focus training lessons. This is probably the absolute sharpest lens
ever made by Nikon. Reading the reviews from professional
it is quick to ascertain this is not a casual, all-purpose len, but is a lens
made for a specific, high-end niche, and 90 percent of the people would be better off with the less expensive, more automatic f/1.8 AF lens, but for what it does, it does it
exceptionally well. On a D40, D40x, D3000 and D5000 all prime lenses are manual focus anyway, and relying on auto-exposure is
pure laziness...skill will always trump the camera's guess any day.
This lens is built to Nikon's classic all-metal manual focus standards offering smooth focusing and rugged construction.
The descendant of AI, AI-S lenses added a pair of mechanical features
necessary for both automatic and semi-automatic exposure functions of the Nikon
F4, F501/N2020, F301/N2000 and FA camera
• Fastest normal manually-focusing Nikkor lens.
• Provides bright viewing, even under dim light conditions.
• Takes popular 52mm filters.
Note: Available through special order only against confirmed and non-cancelable orders. Allow 60 to 120 days for delivery. Subject to limited availability.
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Max Format Size
Lens focal length
Angle of view
Largest aperture opening
Smallest aperture opening
Includes aperture ring
Yes - engraved
Total diaphragm blades
9 traditional blades
Number of Groups
Coatings / special elements
SIC - Super Integrated
Minimum focus distance
Full time manual focus
Lens distance scale
Yes - meters and
Depth of field scale
Yes, color-coded marks
on the chrome grip ring
13.4 oz (380 g)
Metal. Black enamel
over black anodized aluminum
Filter thread size
52mm - does not rotate
Lens hood included
HR-2 or (rubber) or
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