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Ok, so I've been looking for a 55/1.2. There are a couple on ebay, but they all look different.
There is one at Igor's which says it's an AI converted lens, and another one at Cameta (more$$) which is a genuine AI, but the focusing ring looks totally different (it looks like the 50/1.2, without the big fluted focusing ring).
Which model/style of 55/1.2 should I be trying to find?
there are ai and pre- ai versions of 55 f1.2. Some of us (well, me) think the pre - ai version (with the fluted focussing ring) is better.
The pre-ai version comes in an S or SC version (so it should read 55mm f1.2 S...or 55mm f1.2 SC). The SC version is said to have all the latest coatings at the time - that's the one to get.
The one that that looks like the 50mm f1.2 is the later version. It's the ai version.
Some people say there is no difference between any of them, or even, that the later version is the best - on the basis that each iteration was an improvement so the last version is the most improved.
The 55mm f1.2 SC - with the fluted focus ring is a very beautiful hunk of glass - if you can find one in good condition you will not be sorry.