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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


I love my 50. The 1.8g is a fantastic lens.

I do want to get into manual focus a bit more and I like the idea of the 1.2 50mm.

Will I notice much difference in image quality? If so what?

Thanks



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Well i can tell you the 50 f/1.2 AF speed is TERRIBLE in comparison to the 1.8g...something to consider....


Jan 29, 2013 at 01:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Depending on the camera body that you have, some are a bit challenging especially focusing at f/1.2. I think it is redundant to get another 50 especially for $600, I'd rather invest on the 28mm 1.8G.


Jan 29, 2013 at 01:34 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


NathanHamler wrote:
Well i can tell you the 50 f/1.2 AF speed is TERRIBLE in comparison to the 1.8g...something to consider....



haha, this is true and my ability will slow it down even more



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


ocir wrote:
Depending on the camera body that you have, some are a bit challenging especially focusing at f/1.2. I think it is redundant to get another 50 especially for $600, I'd rather invest on the 28mm 1.8G.


I have the D800, great suggestion on the 28mm. I just ordered mine. I am pumped for that lens. I guess I want something really super fast and manual just to mess with, but if the picture quality is not really different I guess there is no point.



Jan 29, 2013 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


I have both lenses. I use the 1.2 wide open when I'm feeling artsy. I use the 1.8G the rest of the time. You can check my flickr for examples.

I won't sell the 1.2 anytime soon, but it's definitely a specialized use lens. If you want to mess around with MF you could buy a 85/1.4 AIS or 105/2.5 AIS, both lenses are relatively fast and draw wonderfully. If you just want to mess with MF, try a 75-150E, you can buy them all day long on ebay for $50-60. Put one piece of electrical tape on the barrel to fix zoom creep and you're set. It's also a great lens with character but not a speed demon.



Jan 29, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Samyang/Rokinon 85 MM f1.4 manual focus lens. This is the darling of the alt. crowd.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769424-REG/Rokinon_85MAF_N_85mm_f_1_4_Aspherical_Lens.html

For 309 bucks you get a lens so sharp it will make your eyes bleed. It even works with the AF confirm green dot in your camera.



Jan 30, 2013 at 03:59 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


edl415 wrote:
I have both lenses. I use the 1.2 wide open when I'm feeling artsy. I use the 1.8G the rest of the time. You can check my flickr for examples.


I, too, have both and it's the same exact way for me. Image quality of the 1.8G is great wide open so the f/1.2 is only used wide open too. The IQ isn't better at f/1.2 but the look is different and the process is different. I say get a different focal length MF.



Jan 31, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


If money was no object, and you wanted to get into MF a little. Then I'd keep the fifty you have, and get the 85mm f1.4 AI-s. Just my 2 cents.


Jan 31, 2013 at 04:47 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


I've got 6 or 7 50's. I'd say grab one used, you won't loose anything should you decide to sell it.

My 50's include:

50/1.8 AIS Pancake
50/1.8 Series E (basically identical to the pancake)
50/2 AI (really amazing lens. got it for $50, would have paid 3x that)
50/1.8 AFD
50/1.4 Pre-AI
50/1.4 Sigma
55/1.2 S.C. Factory AI converted.

My favorite is by far the 55/1.2. I think even if they were priced the same, I would choose it over the 50/1.2, but then again, I've never owned one of those. I paid $300 for my 55.

Dylan



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


popinvasion wrote:
I love my 50. The 1.8g is a fantastic lens.

I do want to get into manual focus a bit more and I like the idea of the 1.2 50mm.

Will I notice much difference in image quality? If so what?

Thanks


I have both and compared to the 50/1.8G the 50/1.2 is inferior in every way except it has f/1.2. I shoot my 50/1.2 at f/1.2 almost exclusively because of the image rendering it's capable of - both because of the f/1.2 aperture low DOF up close and the background/foreground blur character. It can make for really unique images if used appropriately.

If you really want the 50mm focal length at f/1.2 go ahead and buy one - if you don't like it you can resell it at minimal to no loss.

Have fun!

John



Jan 31, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Great posts everyone. Still mulling it over. But my 1.8g is fantastic. Not sure I will gain a whole lot by having the 1.2. I love the 50mm focal length but I also like 35, 28, 24. Lots to look at.


Jan 31, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


I'll see if I can find a couple of side-by-side shots I did last year.

- John



Jan 31, 2013 at 07:30 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


jhinkey wrote:
I'll see if I can find a couple of side-by-side shots I did last year.

- John


That would be great. Thank you



Jan 31, 2013 at 07:39 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


popinvasion wrote:
Great posts everyone. Still mulling it over. But my 1.8g is fantastic. Not sure I will gain a whole lot by having the 1.2. I love the 50mm focal length but I also like 35, 28, 24. Lots to look at.


You gain 1.2 and 1.4. I would go for a different FL.



Jan 31, 2013 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Not directly addressing your question, but I did a manual focus 50mm 1.2/1.4/1.8 comparison on another forum. I have the 50/1.8g and it's a great, handy lens. I don't think you'll gain that much by adding a 50/1.2.

Images are shrunk by the board. View them separately to see the 1,200px size.

http://forum.manualfocus.org/viewtopic.php?id=17938








Feb 01, 2013 at 01:48 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Here's two shots one with the 50/1.8G and other with the 50/1.2 AIS both wide open.




  NIKON D700    50mm    f/1.2    1/160s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D700    50mm    f/1.8    1/60s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 01, 2013 at 02:55 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


The 50/1.2 also have a "look" to it when used wide open. It's lack of sharpness off-center and vignetting add to that look. Either you like it or you don't.




  NIKON D700    50mm    f/1.2    1/8000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D700    50mm    f/1.2    1/1000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 01, 2013 at 03:12 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


Thanks for the great pics. I like the vibe of the 1.2 but to be honest the 1.8g is so much sharper and just looks better. Glad you posted those.


Feb 01, 2013 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · I have a Nikon 50 1.8 G thinking of also buying a 50 1.2 -will i notice a big difference?


popinvasion wrote:
Thanks for the great pics. I like the vibe of the 1.2 but to be honest the 1.8g is so much sharper and just looks better. Glad you posted those.


The reason the 1.8 appears "sharper" than the 1.2 is because the 1.2 has such a razor thin focal plane when used wide open. This is one of the things that makes it hard to shoot with, especially close up. But when used with this in mind, you can produce some very interesting images.



















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