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| p.2 #7 · Noct-NIKKOR 58/1.2 images |
Jeff Kott wrote:
Interesting thread. A couple of comments.
As far as focus screens, isn't a split prism with a micro prism collar, the best of both?
As far as the desirability of the Noct Nikkor 58, I thought this lens got really popular when most DSLR's were APS-C. With the APS-C DSLRs, people who were in love with the 85mm focal length for portraits on their 35mm film SLRs could get equivalence on their DSLRs with the 58/1.2. I remember a lot of people saying the 50's were too short for portraits on their APS-C cameras. I just assumed the popularity of...Show more →
I think you may be right for at least part of the reason the lens was popular to begin with, but 58mm on FF is a very nice focal length as well. In the Nikon realm there was nothing like that when APS-C sensor were all there were. The 35mm f/1.4 AiS is quite glowy wide open and although very nice stopped down, nothing really at all like the Noct Nikkor on full frame and at that time the 35 f/1.4G wasn't around yet. So, the Noct Nikkor makes a nice ultra fast long normal on FF that a lot of people are likely to want and a nice fast portrait lens on APS-C, so it filled an important niche for APS-C and still fills a different but also important niche (at least to some) on FF.