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Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.2 S

1 June 2021
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary

Pros:

  • solid casing, weather-sealed and mostly made of metal,
  • excellent resolution in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the full frame sensor,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • moderate lateral chromatic aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • slight vignetting on the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • pleasant blurry areas,
  • silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • distinct vignetting on full frame,
  • performance against bright light could have been better,
  • significant dimensions and weight.
The Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.2 S is a well-put-together lens with many assets. I don't doubt it will be a joy to use and it will be able to generate great photos. Its biggest problem? I got the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM first. The Sony showed that, at the same price point, you can manufacture an instrument that is physically lighter, distinctly smaller, and optically better. Plus, you can add better accessories to the product bundle.

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At the end I would like to return to my deliberations from the introduction chapter of this test. Thinking about a perfect system and uncompromising f/1.2 lenses I always allowed big and heavy constructions. Still, I suppose, Nikon went a bit over the top with this one. When you look at its rivals you know that it is perfectly possible to construct an instrument which is not only optically better but also ligher and smaller.