Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

Started Sep 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
kiirokurisu Regular Member • Posts: 385
Re: Nikon 50mm f1.2 user experiences?

Your comments match my experiences exactly. I previously owned a Sigma 50mm 1.4 and did like the bokeh, but I wanted a lens that would be sharper stopped down for landscapes (which the Sigma does OK but the Nikon 50/1.2 is superb at). The Sigma does also have way, way less vignetting wide open, due to its truly massive front element.

The 50/1.2 has unique bokeh which might be regarded as ugly by some. You shouldn't rely on it to smooth a busy background with lots of fine detail into a smooth creamy mush. However, used well it can be very effective.

Following are some samples demonstrating sharpness at wide and narrow apertures. I don't have any bokeh samples right now that I have permission to publish, but there are plenty of those to be found on flickr for example.

Wide open at f/1.2, focus is on the large branch near the centre of the frame

100% crop from focused area

Landscape at f/8, focus on infinity

100% crop from near centre of frame

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