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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Review

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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Review.

Without a doubt, this is a very special lens that has character.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS

I have owned my Nikon f/1.2 AIS lens for about 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.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D700 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 – 1/40s – ISO 200.
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D700 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 – 1/80s – ISO 200.
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D700 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 – 1/40s – ISO 200.
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D700 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 – 1/30s – ISO 320.

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.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 – 1/30s – ISO 80

The Bokeh bolls turn into a nana-con shape when the lens is stopped down, see on the picture below.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/30s – ISO 160.
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/30s – ISO 800

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.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/500s – ISO 64
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/320s – ISO 64
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/2500s – ISO 64

Really good 3D looking separation from the background @ f/2.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/30s – ISO 560
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/2 – 1/640s – ISO 64

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 is the sharpest of all Nikon 50mm lenses from f/2 to f/5.6.

Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/5.6 – 1/160s – ISO 64
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/5.6 – 1/125s – ISO 64
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon D810 with Nikon 50mm f/1.2 @ f/5.6 – 1/800s – ISO 64

Here is a link to my old post