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As a nature photographer, this lens is a 'must have' for my bag. It is fairly-light (360g), it is extremely sharp, and (best of all) you can buy a Nikon BR-2A adapter, flip the lens around, and use it for macro photography (1.1x), , reversed, giving you essentially 2 lenses for the price of one.
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...
At 1.2 it’s not the sharpest but at 2-5.6 it’s by far the sharpest I’ve ever even seen in a lens! Love working with it definitely recommend!!!
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
Purchased this lens to go along with my Nikon F3. It's easy to focus and exceptionally well made. I highly recommend it.
What an outstanding lens! It's a joy to photograph with this piece of art. Build quality is amazing and fantastic zoom ring, precise without being too much long compared to zeiss plannar 50mm.
I am using this Nikon 50mm f1.2 on my Nikon D750 and the results are just amazing. The quality of the optics, the bokeh quality, the low light performance and the overall quality are really pleasing.
The best 50mm lens ever built period. The sharpest at f2.8 even at 1.4! After testing the canon 1.2 and even the Zeiss milvus 50mm f1.4, the Nikon 50mm 1.2 is by far the most valuable in term of performance and image quality. Very highly recommended!
I recently purchased a Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S used and feel that it is an interesting lens. I am not as fast at manual focus as I was years ago and that makes the lens a little less useful when shooting moving subjects, but that is probably true of any manual lens.
This is a semi-exotic lens, by all accounts. A 50mm that opens to f/1.2 has never been ordinary and this one is no exception. At f/1.2 and close distances depth of field is razor thin and there is a lovely dreaminess to the rendering, while the center remains extremely sharp.