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Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS Overview

The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS (about $700) is Nikon’s fastest (brightest aperture) lens for DSLRs. Indeed it is the only f/1.2 lens as of late 2013, being a holdout from the bygone days of film. Will Nikon ever produce an f/1.2 lens again in the digital age? The signs don’t point to it, which is perhaps why the 50/1.2 AIS is still available as of late 2013.

Optical performance

The 50/1.2 AIS is a relatively simple 7-element double-gauss spherical design with loads of hazy spherical aberration and hence focus shift, a classic design for a 50mm. Shooting in the f/2 - f/4 range can be a bit tricky because of focus shift.

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