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!
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.
>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.
Sun 28-Apr-13 10:41 AM | edited Sun 28-Apr-13 10:42 AM by Leonard62
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.
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.
While I like both photos I think there is a certain artistic quality to the first one I find appealing. That includes the vignetting.
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.
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.