Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus

Last updated (04 November’11):
- Review by MomentCorp

The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.2. The lens construction has 7 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.7ft. and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus lens weighs 12.7 oz. (359g) and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.9 inches long.

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus Reviews

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus and writes;
“When focused correctly the lens can produce stunning results wide open. The contrast is really nice for a fast lens like this as well..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus and writes;
“The 50mm f/1.2 works better than I had expected. It’s super sharp, and distortion is as good or better than the common 50mm f/1.4! Lateral color is very low. It’s better than most zooms. Distortion is very slight barrel. It’s almost invisible even if you’re looking for it, even on film.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus User Reviews

Jewel indeed
“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.” – By Willie Sanford
Rating: ★★★★★

They do not make them like this any more
“Wide open at f 1.2 the depth of field is very shallow and one can isolate the subject completely from the environment. The bokeh of this lens is legendary and a beauty to behold. The sharpness and color rendering is phenomenal and makes the photo unsurpassed.” – By sdone
Rating: ★★★★★

The Master Lens
“At F/1.2, you will be able to create dreamy photos with bokeh that other lenses can only dream of. You’ll be able to melt away your background easier than butter in a hot frying pan. At F/2 and above, you will be able to capture incredible detail that will shock and pleasantly surprise you. 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.” – By lovegaze
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S Manual Focus Specifications

Fastest normal manually-focusing Nikkor lens. Takes popular 52mm filters. Provides bright viewing, even under dim light conditions.

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Comment by Joe Cottone sr Subscribed to comments via email
2010-09-16 12:29:21

I have had the 50mm f1.2 MF lens since June 1979. Thru all the years of use it never once failed me in all those years, I even used it on my D300s with very good results.
Its definately a plus in my camera bag, I intend to use it more now since I’ved learned the ropes of digital shooting as opposed to film for the last 30 years.
I will go one further & advise you that I even used my 105mm F2.5 MF telephoto lens with equally very good results.
Can’t wait to use them both next time I use the video option.MY 28mm F3.5 MF wide angle lens will be used next time I shoot landscape/seascape photos.
Those older Nikkor MF AIS lenses were great then & even better now.
Joe Cottone sr


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