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Ben got me hooked on the 55 f/1.2 quite some time ago. I first bought the last version of the lens, an AI. I mention that simply because if you want this focal length and speed, you can get it without having to worry about converting the aperture ring. The optical formula of the AI is the same as the pre-AI S.C. I did sell my AI lens to a person on this thread who hasn't posted in some time, then bought a very clean copy of the older S.C. lens that had the Nikon AI conversion kits already installed....Show more →
Oh Ray, Ray - it's the 3rd birthday so I'll try and be respectful to our "father" - but what a crock!!
The 55mm ai versions may be the same optical formula as the SC version but they don't render the same and they do not offer the sheer pleasure in handling of the SC. I was a bit worried when I got the D800E that it would show up the limitations of some of these older lenses - but most of them hold up beautifully - the SC loves the D800E and vice versa.
Yes, OK, it would be great to have them converted using the original rings - but that is not possible for some of us. My local guy just shaves a bit from the aperture ring - I hate it, but it works and after a while you don't notice.
Buy one as soon as you see a good one. They are in short supply and, with time, will only get harder to find and more expensive. The only downside to this lens - as Curtis said, is that it is so beautiful it can become addictive, and before you know it, you've bought every pre-Ai lens in the collection - but you many not be like Curtis who seems to have unresolved compulsiveness issues.