Returning to Film: 50mm suggestions for Nikon FM3? Zeiss Planar T* f/1.4 vs Nikkor f.1.2 or f/1.4?

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Tomm111 Contributing Member • Posts: 786
Nikon FM3 50mm

I think the Zeiss Planar 50 f1.4 would be the best, but also expensive, even more than the Nikon 50 f1.2. Best bang for the buck is the Nikon 50 f1.4, but I would try to get an AiS version, with more modern coatings. The 50 f1.8 always is reported as a cheap sleeper lens, but it is not built as well as the 50 f1.4s. I had a 50 f2 believe it was a Nikon H (many years ago) that wasn't very good, it was that lens that got into Leicas.

Nikon macros are excellent but most manual focus were f3.5 the f2.8 manual focus is rare and they went to AF soon after that, but I would bet an f2.8 would still be inexpensive. I have a 55 f2.8 AF with my digital Nikon, terrific on AF but very difficult to manual focus.

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