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Nikon Nikkor MF 50 mm f/1.2

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model MF 50 mm f/1.2
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.2
Angle of view 46 o
Closest focusing distance 0.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:7.9
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 7 elements / 6 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 47.5 x 68.5 mm
Weight 380 g
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Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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4.67 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. PeterB
    PeterB 12 May 2020, 04:01
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    IP 103.62.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Can be hard to focus on digital cameras due to limited depth of field, soft and lower contrast at f/1.2

    Pros: Fantastic build quality, very compact, incredible price for a f/1.2 lens

    Summary: This is an incredible lens and outstanding value for money. I doubt there is another f/1.2 lens of this quality available for anywhere near the price. Optical performance is good in the \"old school\" style of lens design, i.e. soft at f/1.2, so-so at f/1.4 and incredibly sharp from f/2 onward. The lens is incredibly compact for any lens of this speed. Not overly heavy and the build quality harks back to the golden era of film SLR cameras - which is of course where the design originates. The narrow depth of field and manual focus makes it difficult to use at f/1.2 and hand-held. This is a lens that rewards taking your time. The electronic rangefinder within most Nikon cameras copes well but the absence of split screens and microprism viewfinder screens does take some patience. Not the lens for everyone but it is fun if you have the time and patience to use it properly. Bargain of the century. For most people, for the same amount of money, an autofocus f/1.4 lens would be a better choice. The manual focus 50mm f/1.2 is the lens for fun.

  2. Peter LO
    Peter LO 11 November 2015, 04:34
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    IP 59.152.x.x
    Owner since: 8 years
    Price: USD 400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: 1.Few DSLR screens are friendly to MF. 2.Existence of the discontinued Noct Nikkor dwarfs the subject lens.

    Pros: 1.Excellent build quality that makes every recent Nikkor looks shabby. 2.Sharp image right from wide-open (though under a veil of SA).

    Summary: I can understand why Nikon makes DSLR unfriendly to MF, otherwise everyone would prefer the MF gems over the AF ones.

  3. Smithy
    Smithy 22 December 2009, 00:18
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    IP 118.210.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Very narrow DoF wide open which makes it difficult to manual focus on digital without split screen.

    Pros: Great build and image quality. Really good past f2. Very bright image which helps with manual fousing.

    Summary: One of the few manual focus lenses that you can still buy new from Nikon and the only f1.2 nikkor.

  4. mrdigi
    mrdigi 15 November 2009, 20:35
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    IP 82.181.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: the price , only if You need 1,2

    Pros: in 1,2 soft but nice ,

    Summary: I love this Lens.... even I use It in My Pen EP-1.....

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