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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.

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
Mfr #

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Great Lens on Film

Great lens using film and love using with my Nikon FM2 camera, I love using these gears together. Not recommended on digital cameras due to chromatic aberration,Take advantage of f/1.2 limited depth of field with care

Reviewed by 39 customers


King of the night


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


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


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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens


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


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


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


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!


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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Ethereal Lens


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.


great lens


well-built, fast lens - i haven't tested it rigorously, but it seems very sharp at all f-stops. lack of af is difficult, but with katz-eye split screen focus, it's just like an 'old-fashioned' film slr.


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suresh k  hi im using D5100 nikon . im plannin to get the 50mm 1.2. Please tell me how do i confirm the manuakl focus for this lens on my camera? i read somewhere and it says focus can be only confirmed via the display screen. is this true ? can the manual focus be confirmed via the VIEWFINDER? thanks
JIM K  As you look through your eyepiece, you are looking through the lens on your camera. As you adjust the focus ring on the lens, you will be abe to see when the image is sharp and in focus. As i am thinking about your question, it occurs to me that you might be confusing depth of field with your image in focus. If that is the case, you will not be able to get a goood idea of the depth of field in your picture if you have the lens wide open (low f-stop as in f1.2). It is a very solidly constructed lens, but because it is a manual focus, it is not as easy to use as an auto focus. I use it mostly when my camera is on a tripod and I have time to set up my shot and use bracketing.
suresh k  Hi jim Thanks for the prompt and helpful reply. You were right too many online reading about this lens and i got myself confused and to be honest i have never used a Manual focus lens before and im a beginner who is simply curious to use a manual lens. I undestand with my D5100 i cant meter with the 50mm 1.2. However looking at the aperture ring on this lens the maximum aperture reads1.2 and therefater jumps straight to 2 and continues to F 16. Just how many stops are there IN BETWEEN F1.2 to F2 in this lens? Also having no experience with such a lens and paired with a D5100 which cant meter the F stops. How do i determine THE F STOPS between 1.2 and 2 ? Thanks again and happy new year to you suresh karpane
Shopper  Does it fit a Nikon d600?
CHRISTOPHER Y will fit D600
Mohammad H  what about the aperture ring can it be controlled by the camera or even the aperture is manual also ?
JAMES F  Aperture is only controlled by the aperture ring. I use it on my D800 and in all modes the aperture is controlled on lens, not the camera. Hope this helps.
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