This Nikn 55mm f/1.2 is from 1967, and it was the fastest F lens in their lineup. This lens has been upgraded allot over the years, of the 55mm version there is supposedly more then 6 versions out there. It came to an end in 1978 when it was replaced by the Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2. The f/1.2 lenses are excellent in low light situations, allowing you to take hand-held shots at night even. Nikon has also made a lens for night photography the Nikon Noct-Nikkor, but its not likely you will ever get your hands on one of those unless you are willing to pay about $ 3000 USD, as there was just about 12.000 lenses made. The 50mm lens is said to be the lens that comes closest to the human eye`s perception of distance and depth, Thus labeled as a normal lens. This does not apply to a APS-Cc type camera tough, like Nikons DX sized digital SLR`s. Even though this is a 55mm lens, it is still considered a "normal" lens. On a DX sized DSLR the lens becomes a 82,5mm f/1.2, which is more of a portrait lens then an all round lens like a 50mm. Nikon has an updated version of this lens still in their lens lineup the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
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- DOF/IR markings.
- Build quality.
- Sharpness/contrast, not bad for a lens from 1967.
- Price, it costs to have a f/1.2 lens, even second hand the 55mm f/1.2 is quite pricey
- Hard to focus without a split prism, @ 0.6m there is less then 6mm that is in focus.
This is actually a solid performer, true it is a bit soft at f/1.2 but it is still usable in my opinion. Sweet-spot of the lens is between f/2.8 and f/8. The performance of this lens actually came as a shock to me, as I wasn't expecting very much from it, since the lens has several marks on both the front and rear element. The newer version the 50mm f/1.2 is supposedly allot better then this old dinosaur.
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Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S From $679.95 USD
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D From: $289.95 USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G From: $429.95 USD
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI-S Price From: $459.95 USD
Zeiss MF 50mm f/1.4 ZF Planar T* Price: $550.00 USD
Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Price: $499.00 USD
For an equivalent normal lens on a DX camera:
Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZF Distagon T* Price: $826.00 USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Price From: $194.95 USD
Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-S From $999.95 USD
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Price: $439.00 USD
** Prices are subject to change. Listed prices is from May 8, 2010
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