Nikon Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai-S Manual Focus Lens - Grey Market

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About Nikon 50mm F/1.2

Nikon's ultra-high-speed NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS Manual Focus Lens offers more possibilities in low-light photography. It also provides very shallow depth images when used at f/1.2. This lens is notably superior to the previous 55mm f/1.2 design and produces a better result at f/1.2.

This lens is built to Nikon's classic all-metal manual focus standards offering smooth focusing and rugged construction.

The Nikon 50mm F/1.2 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Weddings and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 50mm F/1.2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 50mm F/1.2: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (17),Durable (14),Nice bokeh (12),Rugged (12),Consistent output (10),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Easily interchangeable (5),Lightweight (4)
Slow focus (4)
Best Uses:
Night photography (15),Low light (10),Portraits (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Weddings (5),General purpose (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (6),Photo enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3)

Nikon 50mm F/1.2 Features

  • Fastest normal manually focusing Nikkor lens
  • Provides bright viewing - even under dim light conditions
  • Takes popular 52mm filters

Nikon 50mm F/1.2 Specifications

6 Groups/ 7 Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film / Nikon DX
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1.9 x 2.7"
0.84 lb

Nikon 50mm F/1.2 Reviews

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(based on 40 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Costs a bit more, but does a bit more...

Ultimate lens for low light & Depth of Field manipulation. Super clarity & quality. 9 bladed aperture, excellent Bokeh. Anyone who says this lens is soft either needs glasses or can't manually focus. It is probably the sharpest lens Nikon makes. Read the reviews from professional photographers. It is not a casual, all-purpose lens. It fills a specific, high-end niche, and 90 percent of people would be better off with the less expensive, more automatic f/1.8 AF lens, but for what it does, it d...

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Ultimate lens for low light & Depth of Field manipulation. Super clarity & quality. 9 bladed aperture, excellent Bokeh. Anyone who says this lens is soft either needs glasses or can't manually focus. It is probably the sharpest lens Nikon makes. Read the reviews from professional photographers. It is not a casual, all-purpose lens. It fills a specific, high-end niche, and 90 percent of people would be better off with the less expensive, more automatic f/1.8 AF lens, but for what it does, it does it REALLY well. On a D40 or D40x all prime lenses are manual focus anyway, and relying on auto-exposure is lazy...skill will always beat the camera's guess any day. Basically, if you don't know what the added aperture will do for you, then you don't need it. Yes, it's more expensive, better lenses always are. That's why some telephotos can cost $10,000+. Comparing this to other lenses that can't go to f/1.2 is not really comparing apples to apples. This lens is just that one step above the rest, and like any top-notch tool, is not for the faint of ability or wallet. If you are somehow still concerned about the build quality or it's clarity, forget it, it's unreal. Price; it's value is in how you use it, so buy within your comfort range. The Bottom Line Buy this if you want the extra level of capability it provides. Casual, lazy or cheap...look elsewhere.


Most Liked Negative Review


bad wide open performance

I ´m very disapointed for the preformance of this lens, blur at 1.2 , blur at 1.4, good at f2 best buy the nikon 50 mm 1.8 you save 500 USD I think this lens many people calify as a exelent lens but I dont´think so. For the pourpose of F open stop this lens is bad , very bad, now I´dont know what I´m going to do with 1.2 1.4 and my bad invensment..can you give some opinion?? plus ,, Manual focus realy dont buy this lens I´m using D3s and D3x for profesional pourpuoses

Reviewed by 40 customers


King of the night


from Washington, DC area, USA

If you do street photography or urban landscapes at night and cannot or do not want to use a tripod, this is the "go to" lens. I have owned this lens (or its 55mm predecessor) since about 1985. It has transitioned quite nicely to the digital age and I find I actually use it more than previously. Ran some tests on my D800 and decided that I was sacrificing little or nothing with regards to image quality versus slower normal lenses. Sure, there is some loss of contrast wide open, but when pure lens speed is needed, it doesn't matter if it allows you to get the shot. Stopped down, I don't see any practical difference compared to slower normal lenses. I put this lens on my D600 or D800 and never fear that I will run out of light when doing hand held available darkness night shots in the city. I have made shots in places where I could barely see. For selective focus, it is hard to beat. Small size and weight compared to most zoom lenses makes it easy to carry anywhere. A must have for the urban photographer on his/her feet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Lens


from Baltimore, MD, USA

This is an outstanding lens. The build quality is unmatched by todays plastic lenses. One other excellent feature is (a must in my opinion) the all metal HS-12 circular lens hood which snaps into my 52mm B&W XS-Pro MRC nano circular polarizer (or any other polarizer/filter). The polarizer can then be adjusted by rotating the hood. The 105mm Ais micro nikkor also uses 52mm filters and it's HS-14 metal circular lens hood also snaps onto the filter. I used the 50mm at F5.6 with the polarizer combo/hood on my D3X at an outdoor car show. The polarizer is great to cut down on glare. The images are razor sharp and colors are true and brilliant.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Lens


from Undisclosed

Great quality and easy to use. Highly recommended for Portrait photography.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens


from Undisclosed

this is the sharpest and best 50mm lens you can get. focus is fast and smooth. Sharper at f2 than other 50mm lenses are at f3.5. sweet bokeh. A must for serious prime shooters. while I like the versatility of a zoom and ease of auto focus, this lens brought the fun back into photography. this lens will give you excellent results on every thing from an FTn through a D4 and every Nikon in-between. Note: I wear glasses and am over 60 and have no trouble focusing the 50mm f1.2 AIS on either a D2x or a D700.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Lens


from Undisclosed

This lens is awesome. I fell in love with it within the first 5 minutes of using it. Paper thin depth of field at 1.2 and super sharp. The bokeh is incredible. Great for video too. Very cinematic looking, especially when racking focus. This is absolutely my favorite lens so far.


The only 50 mm manual focus you need


from Wilmington, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

In the past I've used the Nikkor 50/f1.8 and the 50/f2. This lens is head and shoulders above them, passing enough light for you to get the shot the others missed. It's been made for HOW many years now, and it's still selling strong. Great lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The best lens ever built


from Bogotá, Colombia  -  Photography Student

My wife and I are beginning photographers with some experience and this is our first purchase of a lens seriously. We are happy with the purchase, is rock solid made ​​in Japan. Full manual focus, fits perfectly in our Nikon D7000. This lens educates the photographer because this requires making the best of it to make the most of this lens. It is a very beautiful crystal, rare to find in a world of plastic.


No need to think just buy it and use it!


from Mexico

amazing bokeh. The only disadvantage I notice so far is that minimum aperture is only F/16 not good for slow shuttle speed but anyway this lens is made as fast lens not slow lens.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic low light lens a must for my camera bag


from Langley, WA 98260, USA

Absolute must in your camera bag if you take photos at anytime day or night. The nine bladed aperture gives outstandingly sharp defraction spikes at f/4 to f/16.

(35 of 42 customers found this review helpful)


Ethereal Lens


from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

I've always wanted to own an f1.2 lens and I don't mind if it's manual focus for the sole purpose of shooting candid portraits in low light situation without the option of speedlights. I've spent days trying to mine this lens and finally after all the searching, I finally found a very mint one. The build quality is superb. It is rock solid and sure it's gonna last for years. It looks like the crystal clear glass and high grade metal body are both machined out from Nikon's factory to be a classic masterpiece lens. Shooting portraits at its widest aperture of f1.2 produces stunning, dreamy, soft, heavenly and ethereal looking photos I've seen so far. That is what the flavour of the lens offers. One of my friends said that my portraits look classic as the one she saw in Time and Life magazines.=) what a nice compliment.... I don't really recommend using this lens on a bright and sunny condition since modern DSLR's CMOS & CCD sensors are highly reflective and sensitive to light and to this bright lens leaving you overexpose images. Use this lens indoors, on overcast days, early morning and late afternoon shots and you'll be astounded by its capabilities. Highly recommended for normal lens shooting. It's not intimidating on streets photography as well thus subjects will appear calm and relax.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN T  Fast, sharp and compact with a classic feel. Great lens for shooting candids and low-light scenes. Manual focus, but the good things about this lens far outweigh the lack of autofocus.
George O  Is this a d800 lens?
Andrew R  Not specifically. This lens is a Nikon F mount (Ai-S) MANUAL focus lens, and should fit most Nikon SLR/DSLRs with varying degrees of compatibility. Some automated camera functions may operate in limited capacity (or not at all) depending on the specific model camera.
Liang Fang C  ChenLF want to ask- Can this Nikon 50mm be fitted with Nikon-EOS canon adapter(AF) with F mount? Thks
JON J  It should fit the adapter, but it probably won't focus to infinity or have auto diaphragm. Other than that, it is a fantastic sharp lens.
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