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There's a Nikon showcase store here in Shanghai where one can look and handle virtually every Nikon photographic product they have. I'll have to stop by there and slap on my 50mm f/1.2 lens and see how it is. Sounds worlds different from my DX camera, which was very frustrating.
Tom, going from DX to FX is a whole different ball game.
However, the viewfinders on FX cameras still only show DOF down to f2.8. Meaning, if you set your 50/1.2 to f2 and hit the DOF preview, you will see no difference at all.
I have remedied this by replacing the focussing screen in my D700. Looking online, all available options were $80 and up. I didn't want to spend a dime, so I started looking at all of my old film cameras before carefully choosing my victim. It ended up being an old Miranda Sensomat that has a removable prism, similar to an F3.
Getting the screen out of the old camera was a breeze. It was ever so slightly bigger than the D700 screen (also easy to get to) so I had to shave it down a bit. A few swipes on the top and bottom on some sand paper did the trick, it fits perfectly.
It isn't a split prism, it has a small area of microprism in the center, and a matte area outside of that. It is accurate down to f1.2, and setting even 1.4 on my 55/1.2 (half click off of wide open) and hitting the DOF preview shows an ever so slight dimming of the viewfinder. I can focus using the microprism or the matte area equally well.
This one modification has made MF lenses SO MUCH more enjoyable and accurate, for me. I mentioned this to Georg and he found a Miranda Sensomat local to him and did the same mod on his D700. He seemed to get on well with it.