Reasons why no Nikon 85mm f1.2?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Grevture
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In reply to CFynn, Apr 18, 2013

CFynn wrote:

str8pipe wrote:

Is there technical reasons why Nikon doesn't produce this lens?

Is there any good reason, other than to match Canon, why they should?

The only reasons I can think of is purely PR and marketing related

The extra 1/3-1/2 stop is very little gain for what (if feasible) would be a large heavy and expensive lens.

Optically it would be no better than an 85mm 1.4 lens - and might be worse.

The only thing you gain is size, weight, expense, about 1/3 stop of light and a bit narrower DOF.

Actually, to add insult to injury, in practice you gain almost no light at all

Does anyone need DOF that narrow? - and with today's high iso sensors how many need that extra 1/3 stop?

I agree with your sentiment. Particularly since the difference in DOF is neglible, and the difference in light is even smaller ...

I can see Nikon make some sort of "luxury 50 mm" which would line up nicely with the AF-S 24/1.4, the AF-S 35/1.4 and the AF-S 85/1.4, and which for marketing reasons alone could be a 1.2 instead of 1.4. There would be almost no technical reason, but it would make the difference to the current AF-S 50/1.4 more obvious and provide with some marketing related bragging rights as a added bonus.

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