50mm/1.2 AIS

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Candidcameraman, May 8, 2007.

  1. What are your thoughts on this lens, just found one for sale, looks neat and ... Well is it worth it? (Not expensive if you ask me...)
  2. I had one. Not that sharp. Flare and low contrast until you get to F6.3. The 50mm F1.8 AIS is better all around.
  3. Subjectively a great lens. I'm thinking of getting one to complement my 50/1.8.
  4. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I own the 55mm F1.2 and you can get some SERIOUSLY shallow DOF with it!!
  5. vadimg


    May 23, 2007
    ny, ny
    I would probably skip it, I've seen a few pictures with it wide open and wasn't very impressed. And at 1.4, the 50/1.4 AF-D is probably just as good, and autofocus. Your call though.
  6. Nchesher


    Jul 7, 2006
    I can imagine shooting at 1.2 can be really tough.
  7. 50mm AIS f/1.2

    Quite sharp, wide-open. Great Bokeh:

  8. I love that lens...................:smile:
    Here are a couple @ 1.2
  9. billg71


    May 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It may be a nostalgia thing, but I like the 50/1.2. I shot a lot of photos with the 55 version 'way back when and the 50 is definitely a better lens.

    It ain't exactly the sharpest tack in the drawer wide open but it has nice bokeh and you can get incredible subject isolation with it. And how sharp is the 50/1.4 or /1.8 at f/1.2????

    If you can get one at a decent price I'd say buy it. It's a great piece of Nikon history.

  10. I tried one out for a while.

    The ultra-1.2 ultra-shallow dof is fun to play with but is a special purpose tool/toy.

    If it's a good deal i say "why not".

    Play. shoot. Sell it here later if need be.

    Teesquare's good examples above.