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This is the greatest street photography lens that doesn't have the name Leica written on it. Just spectacular results. Produced gorgeous images with creamy bokeh. Coupled with the D800/810- Wow! Focus is superb. 1.2 w/manual focus engenders serious creativity.
It is wonderful that Nikon still makes simple, robust, all-manual lenses. Not only are they a pleasure to feel and hold, they are a pleasure to use.The 50mm Ai-S f/1.2 Ai-S not only takes great portraits and is superb for general photography, but you can reverse it (using the Nikon Nikon BR-2A...
I've always had a 50 prime (1.4 or 1.8) in my bag. I've used four different ones, all competent, but I never got excited about using any of them. A handy focal length for sure, but kind of too "normal." But then I tried out this lens. Wow. It produces images that have a different feel all together.
My first 50 was canon 1.4 which was okay. I, however, wanted a better build and optical quality. It is important for me lenses "feel" right because i am tactile person (lack of AF is not a concern).
nice bokeh (to my taste), solid build, wide aperture, very sharp stopped down, reasonable sharpness wide open with a dreamy effect, light and compact