Showcase Nikon 55mm f/1.2

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Ha! :D I have one too, Mike, and a lovely old thing it is. Mine is the Nikkor-S Auto from 1971/72 that has been converted to AI, so it is equally at home on my old Nikon F as on the D700.

Check your serial #, and go here to see when made.

I need to get out more with mine, but here are some samples at f/1.2 ...

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Excellent shots Gean. Thanks for the information on the lenses.I think mine is this one Ai 55/1.2 LMIJ white 5+ 400001 400040 - 419977 Apr77 -
The seria number on mine is 468276 and the lens was mad in Japan.I will post a picture of it later today.

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mine. iced tea in a guiness glass

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Nice one Sheesh.Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Gean. This is my lens ok.
Ai 55/1.2 LMIJ white 5+ 400001 400040 - 419977 Apr77 If you click on the highlighted and underlined 55/1.2 the picture will pop up.Thank you for the information.

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A couple from a local photowalk last month.
Both D3 with AI'd 55mm at f/1.2
A "dangerous Crocolog" and a hammock

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Wow Excellent examples Arela. I love the second one. feel that the 55mm is at least as good as the 50mm. ht do you all think??

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I bought my 50mm f/1.2 some 25 years ago, so the "much newer to me" 55mm is more often used these days. Since I have the 7 blade AI 50mm, I don't think there is much between them. The newer 9 blade 50mm is said to be better, but I guess its just something they say :)
 
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I bought my 50mm f/1.2 some 25 years ago, so the "much newer to me" 55mm is more often used these days. Since I have the 7 blade AI 50mm, I don't think there is much between them. The newer 9 blade 50mm is said to be better, but I guess its just something they say :)
The AI and AIS 50/1.2 are the same optically. The nine blade aperture is the main difference with the AIS version, and it has no real difference on the image unless there are specular highlights in the background which show up the shape of the apertrure.

THe 55/1.2 may not be quite as sharp, but it's still good. I like the slightly longer focal length, and the close focus is the same so you can crop more tightly.
 
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Looks like swings and roundabouts ha?

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I just picked up a copy for $35. So far I am loving the DoF. Unfortunatly there is a reason this lens is so cheap. It seems to have minor damage to the lens. The good news is the keh.com qouted $35 to fix it.

Here is the lens:
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Here are 2 test shots...the short depth of field is pretty cool

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Not sure if this one is just out of focus or just really soft because of the lens damage...but you can see the potential of the short depth in portraits

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What wonderful shots these are.It is such a long time since I had this lens out you have rekindled my interest it it once again.I hope to take some shot later on today.
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What do these go for on the used market? I like the look of the images more than from the 50 1.2, and the noct is way out of my price range.
 
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As promised here is a quick shot take today with this fine lens.The focus point is on the shoulder joint nearest the camera.
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Hi again.I have just noticed that their is some camera shake in my last post.
Here is another shot and I hope that this one shows the lens potential a little better.
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