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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Review.
Without a doubt, this is a very special lens that has character.
I have owned my Nikon f/1.2 AIS lens for five years and it’s still my favorite lens for shooting creative fun pictures, I don’t use this lens for a professional photo assignment mainly because of manual focus, but for everything else, this is my favorite lens.
Here are some tech specs.
Manual focus lens.
Diaphragm Blades 9.
Lens elements 7.
Lens groups 6.
Maximum aperture f/1.2.
Minimum aperture f/16.
Nikon F – Mount Lens.
Focal Length 50mm.
FX – DX-format 35mm.
Maximum angle of view FX-format 46°
Minimum focus distance 1.7 ft.
Filter size 52mm.
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)2.7 in. (686 mm) x 1.9 in. (48.3 mm)
Approx. Weight12.7 oz. (359 g).
This is a manual focus lens with very nice – smooth rotation on the focusing ring from the closest focus to the infinity.
Vignetting Wide Open f/1.2 and Bokeh.
The lens has a lot of vignetting Wide open, but it can look good in some cases and is one of the lens charms,
You can see on the pictures down below how the vignetting basically helps to make the subject stand out and that is exactly what I like so much.
As you can see on those pictures for this post I use this lens for fun shooting with family and friends, so perfect focus or framing is not important, just have fun and collect memories.
The Bokeh bolls turn into a nana-con shape when the lens is stopped down, see on the picture below.
Vignetting on f/2 and Bokeh.
When I stop the lens down to f/2 the vignetting almost disappear you can still see some vignetting in the corners, and this lens becomes very sharp with great bokeh.
Really good 3D looking separation from the background @ f/2.
Nikon 50mm f/1.2 is the sharpest of all Nikon 50mm lenses from f/2 to f/5.6.