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MF 50/1.2 ... in AF?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by dCap, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Do you think Nikon will ever make us an AF 50 or 55 or 58 f1.2? I see that Canon have just popped a 50/1.2L into the line-up, they deleted the 50/1.0 quietly a good few years ago. Or do you think the MF 50/1.2 is there if you want it, so no need for the AF version?

    I see some sites call the MF 50/1.2 discontinued, and Nikonusa says its a special order. Anyone got one and use it in anger. I have started in Nikon with the 50/1.8 ... but I'm pretty sure that one day I will scratch that itch and get me a used darkness lens :biggrin:

    I see from the net that thee 50/1.2 is the one to go for instead of the older 55/1.2 ... and the uber rare Noct 58/1.2 seems to be perhaps too rare to think about (price, kerching)
  2. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    I'm not sure a Nikon AF f1.2 lens is possible - the rear element needs to be large leaving no space for the AF contacts. The f1.4 may be the limit for AF Nikkors. The Canon EOS mount is larger enabling them to have "bragging rights" with their 50/1.0 and 85/1.2 lenses.

    The AiS 50/1.2 remains in production along with the manual focus 20/2.8, 24/2.8. 28/2.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.4, 55/2.8 micro, 85/2.8 PC-micro and 105/2.8 micro. All other manual focus lenses were discontinued at the end of 2005.
    They are made in limited numbers and seem to be sold mainly in the Japanese market although I have seen them for sale on European ebay sites and also at B&H (import/grey market).
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 15, 2007
  3. Grays of Westminster still seem to have lots of MF lenses in stock if anyone in the UK (or who doesn't care about grey import issues) is looking to buy new.

    Edited to add: the discontinued ones are listed under second-hand, but identified as 'last of the new stock'
  4. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Unless they bring out a FF SLR then I don't see them doing any updates to the 50mm range of lenses. rvink might be right about the technical limitations of the Nikon F-mount, Canon even have an 85mm f/1.2 lens.
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