A Special Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS @ 1.2

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    A Special Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS @ 1.2

    This is my first MF lens since... I was a child.

    It will take getting used to it and manually focusing at 1.2 takes practice.

    My hats off to those who do it all the time.

    This lens just fuzzies everything not in the focus pane...

    No kidding

    Of course it is really fun to play with.

    What is in focus is in focus the rest is simply fuzzy looking

    Case in point... Thin focus pane (Don't even know if I am using the right term...)

    But it will be good for candids once I get faster with the MF operation...

    Might even be great for streetphotography :smile:

    A few more tries with it this afternoon

    I even like some of the out of focus images with it...

    This is going to be a really fun and possibly great lens, really sharp stepped down but for the sake of this thread, I am keeping the images at 1.2 only.

    One suggestion I feel I need to make is that if you really like the 50mm range, either in the 1.8 or 1.4 version and you have a Nikon camera, get this 50/1.2 lens I find it really, truly, absolutely and sincerily worth it. You will love it.

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    Re: A Special Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS @ 1.2

    Hi -


    The Japanese have a term for the out-of-focus quality of the image: ぼけ.

    That means unsharp, smeared, and the transliteration in bokeh, pronounced like it is written (like "bouquet", but with the first vowel "bo" as in Bo-Peep, instead of "boo").

    This is a pretty good basic introduction into the mysteries of bokeh. This is also a good link.

    That 50mm f1.2 is one of the best-known lenses for great bokeh, equalled probably only by the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 lens (that's right, f1!) or the Canon 50mm f 0.95 lens (see here) for generating images with virtually no depth of field. There are those who attribute mystical qualities to these lenses, which is taking it a tad too far...

    Great images, cute model, well done!

    I've been working on getting an Olympus 58mm f1.2 for my E510, just haven't found one at the right price ... yet.

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