Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

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MisterHairy
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?
In reply to Stilograph, 10 months ago

It is a very lovely lens indeed with far smoother out of focus rendering than pretty much all of the other options that you have available, including the Zeiss 50/1.4. It is not so bad wide open, and indeed, a slightly more gentle drawing style at the largest aperture settings can be much more pleasing than poke-your-eyes-out sharpness when you are looking for that sort of shot.

Portraits at f/1.2 can be a challenge to master but are ultimately unrewarding. A single sharp eyelash with everything else swimming around out of focus is more of an internet meme than a useful style, but thankfully, your original post shows that you aren't planning to use it that way.

Then there is the aspect of actually getting precise focus with these fast lenses. If you're using an unmodified modern DSLR then you can't see the shallow DOF in the viewfinder (you'll see something roughly equivalent to a couple of stops down from the 1.2 max) so you have to be adept at hitting the middle of the "in focus" zone. This can be a tad tricky if you're not well practised at it.

Fit and finish is every bit as good as the Zeiss lenses and the focus ring is just as smooth and perfectly damped.

These are still being manufactured today and a grey market one can be had for a very nice price, and as someone else has said, if you decide to sell it on, you can do so at relatively little loss. It's not a lens for everyone, but I would always recommend that people give one a try

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