Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

Started Sep 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
leighton w
leighton w Senior Member • Posts: 2,060
Re: Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

Stilograph wrote:

Hello to all.

I'm considering purchasing this fine lens, but was wondering if you good folks have any experiences on using it for portraits wide open? I've red it's semi-useless because of the lack of contrast at 1.2, but would like to stand corrected. Any samples or such? Horrible user experiences?



The 50mm FL doesn't make for that good of a portrait lens to begin with, but shooting at 1.2 is hard to get all the subject's features into focus. So it's not the contrast you have to worry about, but the DOF.

Having said that, it does make a wonderful lens for full body portraits or group portraits as long as it's stopped down. Here's a sample at f/11.

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