Nikon 50mm 1.2 S lens: Nikon just dropped a major bombshell with their S Mirrorless lens line up and has delivered two exceptional lenses - but at a staggering price tag of over two grand putting this lens out of reach for many photographers. Good News is the 50 f1/8 S lens is an awesome alternative at a more reasonable price + Nikon still offers the 50mm f/1.2 manual focus lens for about $750.00.
The f.1.2 with autofocus is the big drawing point to this lens. This is Nikon's FIRST autofocusing f/1.2 prime lens - and those people who need a super-fast lens may succumb to the temptation and drop the coins for the pleasure to use this lens.
This new Nikon 50 f/1.2 S lens marks a significant performance over the older f/1.4 F mount lenses. If the price does not scare you off, this is one awesome lens.
Nikon is primarily an Optics company first and foremost. Sure they make cameras, but Nikon makes Superior Optics. Other companies/brands copy their designs and release a similar lens under their own name, but none are at the Nikon Standards of Quality.
This is an excellent video lens due to its nearly silent operation. Nikon employs 2 STM (Stepping Motors) driving the elements from both sides and the lens is an IF (internal focus) design.
Optically Speaking: The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 S lens uses seventeen (17) lens elements in fifteen (15) lens groupings of those elements three (3) are Aspherical Elements, and two (2) are ED Glass Elements. To round out the optics are Nikon's coatings. The optics are coated in three different coatings, SIC "Super Integrated Coating; Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses. Nikon's Nano Crystal Coating; An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally. The New ARNEO Coating; An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon and used in conjunction with Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce ghost and flare effects caused by incident light entering the lens vertically. This allows for the outstandingly clear capture of images even when a light source is located within the frame.
There is no mention of Fluorine Coating which is used to repel dust and water.
About the New NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S Lens and why I will not buy a copy at this time - I own two similar lenses; the Awesome Nikon 58mm f/1.4, Nikon 50mm f/1.2 in F Mount + the 50mm f/1.8 S lens. Both f mount lenses are lighter and smaller than the new S lens even with the FTZ adapter. I know I said I was fully moving to the S line, but - I am investing first in the primes and zooms I use most often and that investment has already been made. While the 50 S f/1.8 S which is an awesome lens, I can wait until I flesh out my next major S lens purchase, the Nikon S "Macro S Lens".
Also holding me back is I have good information from a reliable source that a New Pro Level Nikon Z camera will be announced in early 2021, and I will be excited to see what Nikon will improve in their mirrorless Z camera line. I understand the camera will employ a faster-updated processer to help achieve higher focus acquisition and an overall boost in performance as well as dual card slots, and the ability to attach a working battery grip.
-- Once Nikon releases the Pro Z8 the super-telephoto lenses will be re-born as S lenses, and some Super Telephoto lenses like the 400mm f/2.8 ED FL f mount lens are already in the engineering stack in draft S lens designs.
Question: Will this lens receive a TrueToad real-world review? Maybe, but not in the next several months.