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Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2s Photos and Discussion

jdphoto

Well-known member
Yep, ~1.6” longer and 0.3 pounds heavier if I did my math correctly. The canon is a few hundred more and 0.04” thicker. Another notable difference is the canon has a close focusing distance of 1.3” while the Nikon is 1.5”

I’ve thought long and hard about moving over to Canon simply because of lens size (70-200mm RF in particular compared to the 70-200mm Z). I like using the Z and wasn’t ready to sell it and switch systems right before a huge stressor in my life though (second child and taking care of a newborn in a pandemic).

Thought about buying a R6 and the canon anyway, but that seemed more ridiculous to me than dealing with the extra size of the 1.2s, plus my wife said she didn’t want too many different camera bodies laying around haha (lately weve had her Fuji X-A7, the Z6, and the M10 Monochrom out and about).
Ah, we're both new parents! Congrats! I also thought of the R5/R6, but decided the RP was perfect and under $1000! I also wanted f/1.2 lenses and that's why I switched from the Z. Canon's EF f/1.2's are stellar and considerably better than Nikon's adapted f/1.2's.
 

tcdeveau

Well-known member
Ah, we're both new parents! Congrats! I also thought of the R5/R6, but decided the RP was perfect and under $1000! I also wanted f/1.2 lenses and that's why I switched from the Z. Canon's EF f/1.2's are stellar and considerably better than Nikon's adapted f/1.2's.
Congrats to you too!

I forgot about the RP! That would’ve been one to look into as well. Glad to hear it’s working out for you. I had been looking at the Sony A7C and recent Sigma 85mm 1.4 as well for compactness and AF (and I get an edu discount on Sony gear), and had the Nikon not shipped when it did, I probably would have ordered something Canon or Sony.

Happy enough with the 50 1.2s/Nikon setup for the time being though and looking forward to getting using it more
 

jdphoto

Well-known member
The Z is an incredible camera and the build quality is really good. You'll be very impressed with that setup. Enjoy!
 

ptomsu

Workshop Member
I'm scratching my head a bit here, wondering what this lens is for. It's easy to figure out who it's for, since photo and camera enthusiasts are apparently queueing up to buy it, but how would it make a photo better compared to a 50mm lens that one can actually carry around?

I had some of the same thoughts when the 105mm f/1.4 in F-mount was launched, and when the 1.5 kg Sigma competitor came, I was flat out laughing. But those are telephoto/portrait lenses with twice the focal length.

There are some pretty cool 50mm lenses around, and even the somewhat bulky, not as sharp but very nice, 58mm f/1.4 is less than 400g. Is this about photography, or is it a question of having the sharpest, biggest knife, no matter what?

Please don't see this as an insult if you have already bought this lens. We all have different needs and urges. I'm just wondering...
I was in line for this lens as well before I actually realised a few days ago how big and bulky it is. I currently own the 1.8 50 S and this is already a large lens compared to F mount glass. Gut it is exceptionally sharp.

I don't doubt that the 1.2 50 S is even sharper and optically better but unless I really need this bokeh I probably will now not go down that route as I originally wanted.

BTW - same is true for the Canon RF 1.2 lenses and this was actually one of the main reasons I did not go the Canon RF rout but choose the Nikon Z route instead.

So maybe this lens - as wonderful it is - will not be in my stable soon, as I want and prefer some more portable equipment and still have to add lot of fix starters for the Z system like the 2.8 70-200 S and the 2.8 14-24 S instead.

Anyway if one already owns this lens, it is beautiful and maybe the best fast 50 prime one can get today but I think not for me.
 

KeithL

Active member
I'd be all over the 50 1.2 S if it was smaller and lighter, but I just can't see me carrying it around enough to warrant buying.

If I do buy a 50 1.2 it would likely be the Voigtlander VM Nokton Aspherical as I already have the Novoflex adapter.
 
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