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Posted: 5/28/2008 9:54:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/28/2008 9:57:06 AM EST by 30Caliber]

Nikkor-S.C. 55mm f/1.2 nonAI--$140

This lens doesn't get great reviews, but at that price, I couldn't pass up the chance to give it a try.

So I stuck it on my D40x, and got some non-metering action. Non-metering is no biggie and I am usually within one stop when I check the LCD and fine tune it. These are straight off the camera without any extra sharpening. I really like the coatings on the old glass.

f/2 (should have went for more DOF here)


f/2.8
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 12:26:01 PM EST
moar wide open shots plz!



That lens might make you spring for a split focus screen.
Link Posted: 5/30/2008 8:38:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/30/2008 1:12:40 PM EST by 30Caliber]

Originally Posted By Torf:
moar wide open shots plz!



That lens might make you spring for a split focus screen.


I'z already got one. Itsa verry nize! Either I'm getting better, or it's pretty easy to nail the focus right on with this one. Incidentally, I find myself using the micro-prism periphery more than the center split to focus.

Here's wide open in sunlight. Pretty soft. Rose garden in the background. f/1.2


f/2.8 The bokah is funky wide open (almost streaky) and gets a little angular past f/2.8.


It does a lot better wide open indoors. f/1.2, ISO 400

Link Posted: 5/31/2008 6:50:34 PM EST
Very nice. I have a 50mm 1.8 D and it is the best $95 I have spent on glass. I love shooting it wide open for window portraits
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 12:02:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By 30Caliber:

Originally Posted By Torf:
moar wide open shots plz!



That lens might make you spring for a split focus screen.


I'z already got one. Itsa verry nize! Either I'm getting better, or it's pretty easy to nail the focus right on with this one. Incidentally, I find myself using the micro-prism periphery more than the center split to focus.

Here's wide open in sunlight. Pretty soft. Rose garden in the background. f/1.2
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That is actually not all that bad considering it is probably a spherically ground lens element. Keep in mind that the lens is probably designed to be used in VERY difficult available light conditions, with the focus being on an isolated subject. Corner sharpness isn't really the intent I don't suppose.

I don't find the bokeh to be objectionable, it is different to be sure, but I found it very watery and organic.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 12:29:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/3/2008 12:31:22 PM EST by 30Caliber]
Looks great in low light. This is my livingroom with the lights dimmed way down. Focus is a little soft on this one.

55mm f/1.2 ISO 800 (no post processing)
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