50mm f/1.2 ai
Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-07-27
This ai version was made between 1978-1981 and was after this made with the ai-s mount which is still being made today.
The optics have never changed but the ai-s version has a 9 bladed aperture.
Analogue B&W film
Like most NIKKOR lenses this is very well made.
All metal and are very well put together so it's solid as a rock.
This have been one of my favorite 50mm lenses for some time now and I love it.
But that's not to say that it doesn't have its problems.
Sharpness is quite good even wide open and are well corrected it is for a flat focal plane.
So not much corner softness but do have some color fringing and a lot vignetting.
Glow can also get quite noticeable and this gets worse the closer you focus.
However stop it down to f/2 and you can get a really clean and good quality image.
Bokeh looks great wide open or stopped down but would guess that the 9 bladed ai-s version would have a slight edge over this 7 bladed.
Usually not crazy expensive compared to many other f/1.2 lenses sold new today.
This is also a bit to the heavy side and many of the standard f/1.8 lenses have about half the weight.
However 395g for a lens like this is not too bad and some are +500g.
Also like that it still uses the Nikon standard filter size of 52mm.
Makes things way easier when you don't need to have filters with different sizes etc.
Glow wide open
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