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50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700

JohnGeerts

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JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Fri 26-Apr-13 09:58 PM

I just purchased the 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai for a good price. Does any one has experience how this lens gets along with the D700?


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MEMcD

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#1. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 26-Apr-13 09:23 PM

Hi John,

The 50mm f/1.2 works well on the D700.
Just add it to the Non-CPU Lens Data Menu and shoot.
The only drawback is consistantly Nailing the focus when shooting wide open can be challenging. My eyesight is not as good as it used to be.
Enjoy!

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Marty

JohnGeerts

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#2. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 1

JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Sat 27-Apr-13 05:31 AM

Hi Marty,

Thanks for your explanaiton. Hopefully my eyes can deal with it

Will let you know my findings after using the lens.


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mkmull77

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#3. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 2

mkmull77 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2010
Sat 27-Apr-13 10:24 AM

If you haven't yet done so, perhaps you could benefit from using the diopter adjustment control as described on page 45 of the manual. I've recently adjusted mine and what a difference it made for me.
The only thing / step I added was to first adjust the lens so as to throw the scene way out of focus so you can concentrate on the lines in the viewfinder as your adjusting the diopter adjustment.

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rminck

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#4. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 3

rminck Registered since 01st Apr 2013
Sun 28-Apr-13 10:03 AM

>If you haven't yet done so, perhaps you could benefit from
>using the diopter adjustment control as described on page 45
>of the manual. I've recently adjusted mine and what a
>difference it made for me.
>The only thing / step I added was to first adjust the lens so
>as to throw the scene way out of focus so you can concentrate
>on the lines in the viewfinder as your adjusting the diopter
>adjustment.

Apologies for jumping into your thread. I'm aging too, so I share the same concern. I have tried the diopter and it does seem to help. Can we gain even more focusing ability by what I think would be the next logical step - the magnifying eyepiece? I've been considering buying one, but don't know their practical limitations in terms of what kind of photography they would be suited for or not suited for. Thx.

Leonard62

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#5. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 0

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sun 28-Apr-13 10:41 AM | edited Sun 28-Apr-13 10:42 AM by Leonard62

Hello John,

I see in your equipment list you already have a nice collection of manual focus lenses so you're not a newcomer to focusing and using these lenses.

The AI 50mm f1.2 lens is very nice on the D700. Since the view is nice and bright in the viewfinder and the DOF is so narrow I find focusing is not a problem. Even the focus confirmation dot appears to pop in and out fairly quickly.

The 50mm f1.2 produces very nice photos with a certain signature when used wide open. It is somewhat soft but it still isolates the subject from the background quite nicely. I really like fast lenses shot wide open. The Nikon 50mm and 55mm f1.2 lenses are my favorites. I'm sure you will enjoy yours.

Len

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Leonard62

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#6. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 5

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sun 28-Apr-13 11:19 AM | edited Sun 28-Apr-13 11:25 AM by Leonard62

Here's two photos of my favorite girl model, 1st at f1.2 and then f4.0. The photos were shot raw at ISO 100 with the D700 and AIS 50mm f1.2. The focus point was the eyelashes. No post processing except for down sampling and saving as jpg. Note the softness and vignetting in the first photo.

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While I like both photos I think there is a certain artistic quality to the first one I find appealing. That includes the vignetting.

Len

edit: The photos are full frame, no cropping. The focus distance was at a minimum of 0.5 M. The lighting was a combination of tungsten and daylight from a south window on the left. I used auto WB and did not try to correct. It's a little warm.



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JohnGeerts

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#7. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 4

JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Mon 29-Apr-13 04:16 AM

Thanks for the input. I think the Dioptry is a nice topic, esspecialy for the ones with glasses. Perhaps there is special Dioptry glass?



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JohnGeerts

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#8. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 6

JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Mon 29-Apr-13 04:19 AM

Thanks Leonard,

I think the first Photo has more class and atmosphere. And I think there is nothing wrong with vignetting, some lenses do it with natural beauty.

Wonderfull pics.


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Leonard62

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#9. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 8

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Mon 29-Apr-13 12:35 PM

Peter,

Thanks. I also think the 1st pic has more class. The vignetting helps create the atmosphere. I know you will enjoy your new lens. While I had the Umbrella Girl set up I also took the same photo with the AF 135mm f2 wide open. While the photo is sharper and has nearly no vignetting, it does not have the appeal or the atmosphere that the f1.2 photo has. It has a more sterile look.

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#10. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 0

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Mon 29-Apr-13 01:40 PM | edited Mon 29-Apr-13 01:44 PM by nrothschild

I have the 50/1.2 Ai-S and use it on my D700 (wide open) when I want a different look. And it is a very different look!

It is also a very well made lens and a joy to focus. The focus ring moves like a Swiss watch.

Both images shot wide open with the D700. Ooops!

D700 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S
f/1.4 1/200s ISO 100

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D700 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S
f/1.2 1/200s ISO 200
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jgould2

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#11. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 10

jgould2 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007
Fri 03-May-13 08:12 PM

Hi Neil.

Closed all the way down to f/1.4 on the first one did you. I love my f/1.2 on the D700 and D3s.

JIM

Leonard62

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#12. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 11

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sun 05-May-13 03:07 PM

>Hi Neil.
>
>Closed all the way down to f/1.4 on the first one did you. I
>love my f/1.2 on the D700 and D3s.
>
>JIM

I think Neil just fine tuned the dof. It worked.

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MEMcD

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#13. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 12

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 06-May-13 01:05 AM

Hi Len,

Thanks for the laugh!

Best Regards,
Marty

JohnGeerts

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#14. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 13

JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Thu 09-May-13 09:20 PM | edited Fri 10-May-13 07:40 PM by JohnGeerts

a crop, I think 1/4 of the total

50mm f/1.2 A 1/60 F2.8 at 2.800 iso

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and

50mm 1.2 f/ 1.2 1/8000 Iso 100

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JohnGeerts

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#15. "RE: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Ai on the D700" | In response to Reply # 14

JohnGeerts Registered since 19th Apr 2013
Sat 18-May-13 10:28 PM

And one tonight during the local fair here.

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