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First Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S Lens Reviews

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First Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens reviews is out now. Nikon’s new Z 50mm F1.2 S is a fast, versatile prime lens for the full-frame Z-series.

It features a total of 17 elements, which include ED and aspherical glass. The minimum focus distance is 0.45m and the max magnification is 0.15x. The lens weighs a whopping 1.1kg (2.4lbs) and uses 82mm filters.

Before heading out to the Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens reviews you can check out the sample photos at Dpreview. The US price of the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S Lens is $2,096.95 and available at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon.

Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens Specifications:

  • A massive, solid lens with a lot of glass elements inside.
  • 17 elements in 15 groups including two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements.
  • The lens will have an LCD similar to the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens (see picture above)
  • Similar in size to the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S
  • Fn Button
  • Dimenssions: 90mm x 150mm

Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S Lens Reviews

Review at Keithwee:

“We touched on the build, optical and autofocus performance and I will conclude that the Nikkor 50mm f1.2 S is and will be one of the optically best lenses available in Z-mount. Even the minimum focusing distance of 0.45 meters is impressive, allowing one to literally obliterate the background at this distance to the subject with impeccable sharpness and details. However if we touch on the ‘worth’ of the Nikkor 50mm f1.2 S, it gets trickier. Like Leica’s 50mm f0.95 Noctilux offering, these super fast lenses are tools designed for extreme low light or specific uses. Optically excellent lenses do not immediately make a person a better photographer. In fact, it is not correct to even say one will get this 50/1.2 S to only shoot wide open for if it is a family portrait shot in a studio I will have to step the aperture down for sure.”

Review at Richard Haw:

“This is the king of 50mm lenses. The fact that it autofocuses makes this a dream-come-true for some people. It is an amazing lens by any standard and it isn’t expensive either. You could get one for less than $2,700.00, it’s even cheaper than what the German companies will ask you for their equivalent lenses. That money is not a small sum in today’s economy but people who make a living shooting at lowlight situations will want one of these. Astro-photographers will definitely want them, events photographers won’t consider other options if they have tried shooting with it. This is the best lens in its class. Sure, it won’t give you that special “look” that the German company could offer but it does other things much better for a lower price. If I were shooting for a job I would definitely buy one of these. There’s so much potential in it for people taking photos or videos. It’s a new benchmark for Japanese lenses, something that people would compare everything in its class to. If you are a professional shooting with Nikon mirrorless cameras this will be the best investment you could make in the coming years. If you couldn’t afford the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct this is the next-best-thing.”

Review at Ephotozine:

Of course, all 50mm lenses tend to be pretty good, so differences will be in terms of construction quality, longevity, and the absolute performance at the top grade of lens making. Photographers do buy the highest quality lenses at sometimes very high prices indeed, but they also have a need for the specific subtlety that they extract for their particular style; the character of the lens.

The Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.4S has plenty of performance and plenty of character to justify its price


  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Virtually zero CA
  • Excellent flare resistance
  • Excellent handling
  • Quality manufacture
  • Custom functions for L-Fn button
  • Beautiful rendition of light sources
  • Virtually no distortion
  • Beautiful bokeh effects


  • High price
  • Bulky lens

Review at Cameralabs:

Nikon’s Z 50mm f1.2 S is a big step-up over their existing 50/58mm DSLR lenses – literally: It is excessively big and quite heavy but for that it offers a bright f1.2 focal ratio, very good optics with a good Bokeh, and has all of the features of Nikon’s best Z-Nikkors – except for fluorine coating. Plus, the marginal focus breathing should please videographers. Optically it may not be better than Nikon’s very good Z 50mm f1.8 S which can be had for a quarter of the price, but if you need the one stop brighter focal ratio the Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S comes Highly Recommended!


  • Very good resolution and contrast
  • Only little longitudinal CA and coma
  • Very good resistance against flare, glare, and ghosting
  • Good Bokeh
  • Very little focus breathing
  • Minimal distortions (through lens profile)
  • Extensive weather sealing
  • Multi-function ring assignable to aperture or exposure compensation
  • OLED display, function button


  • Large and heavy lens
  • Expensive
  • No fluorine coating against moist and dust
  • Audible focus noise
  • Flimsy lens pouch

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