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    Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    As my attempts to find a good Canon 50/0.95 have not been successful so far, I was thinking about getting a Nikon 50/1.2 to quell the need for speed. I've read some of the reviews and looked through sample photos on Flickr. To me, the pictures don't look very different from Zuiko OM 50/1.2 images. What do others here think of the Nikkor?

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Hi Amin,

    You might want to check out this:

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1342

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Check out this resource:

    http://www.pixel-peeper.com/

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Awesome lens! I love mine.

    Here is a sample:



    50/1.2 @1.2 D200, Handheld, ~1/320s.

    On your D700, it should do very well. Get the last version (the first version is different).

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Here is an UV capture using the same lens (D70, Baader U 2" filter @ f/1.2, 5s, shade).


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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Thanks Ocean and gromitspapa for the links and Vivek for the samples and info! I'm going to go ahead and pick one up.

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Another thing to consider is that Nikon is coming out with the 50/1.4G AFS very soon. It is only a half a stop slower, which really makes almost no difference, even in depth of field. It might make sense to see how the new lens looks, as it will be reasonably inexpensive, and of course it will have AFS.
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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Hi Stuart, I definitely plan to get the 50/1.4G when it comes out. My impression in comparing the Zuiko 50/1.2 and Canon 50/1.4 on the 5D was that the 1/2 stop made a noticeable difference in depth of field, but maybe it would be overkill to buy both Nikkors. If I do choose between them, it will be the AF lens, which will certainly see more use in my case. Thanks for being a voice of reason .

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    No problem Amin -- I just have given in too often, only to sell later. I used to have the 50mm f/1.2 M-Hexanon, and while it was really beautiful, it was just like an original summilux with another half click on the aperture ring. The difference was not huge. I did test. Here are the 50mm f/1.2 Hexanon at f/1.2, and the 50mm Summilux ASPH at f/1.4:




    Not something that makes a HUGE difference. In the crops, however, the Summilux ASPH was much sharper. It is also smaller and lighter. I think this is a familiar pattern with super speed lenses (in most cases), you may get another half stop, but it will not give you much real benefit photographically, but it will add a lot to bulk and cost. Generally of course...there are exceptions and lenses that are truly worth their speed, but they are indeed the exceptions. I don't know about the 50/1.2 AIS, but maybe it is one of the exceptions.
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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    I definitely plan to get the 50/1.4G when it comes out.
    Amin, Relax. Lay low. Throw the wallet away..

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    No problem Amin -- I just have given in too often, only to sell later.
    Stuart, thanks for the example, which certainly makes the point!

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Yes, I think that example is proof of how aspherical and non-aspherical lenses can differ a bit in bokeh. I know the bokeh looks identical there, but I think that may be because aspherical lenses tend to have less apparent depth of field than spherical lenses of the same focal length and aperture. I don't know what it is, but if you shoot a summicron at f/2 and a lux aspherical at f/2, the lux aspherical will look like it has less depth of field.
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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Perhaps the filed curvature is less in the Lux than the Cron, Stuart.
    I have these special copy lenses that do that (a Printing Nikkor, wide open at f/2.8, for example, has less DOF than a normal lens at f/1.2)

    BTW, wasn't the Konica Hexanon 50/1.2 supposed to have an aspherical element?

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    You are probably right about the field curvature. I don't think the hexanon had an aspherical element though...I just thought it was a fairly traditional design. They did not mention aspherics anywhere that I saw....it was a very good lens though. I only sold it because the lux asph was better...also smaller, 6 bit coded and with a 46mm filter (compared to either 58 or 62 I think on the hexanon...no UV/IR filters easily available).
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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Perhaps the filed curvature is less in the Lux than the Cron, Stuart.
    I have these special copy lenses that do that (a Printing Nikkor, wide open at f/2.8, for example, has less DOF than a normal lens at f/1.2)

    BTW, wasn't the Konica Hexanon 50/1.2 supposed to have an aspherical element?
    No aspherical element at all. It was some false marketing from a notorious eBay seller in China.

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    Re: Opinions on the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS?

    Thanks for the clarification Hacker.

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