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Randy S. Tesch
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March 26, 2020 7:57 pm  

I don’t often shoot near the 50mm focal length; I am normally above or below that focal length.  I do have a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 that covers this focal length when needed.  However, lately I have an increase need to photograph low light events, and have been accumulating fast primes.  Therefore, last week ordered from B&H a new Nikkor 50mm f/1.2.  This nicely complements my Nikkor f/1.4 primes (105, 28, 24).

Today I was doing some resolution testing of this lens on my D850.  I found the lens has highest resolution at f/4 and f/5.6.  I am inserting below two versions of each of two photographs, one photo taken at f/4, and one taken at f/5.6.  The first version is of the original, not cropped, image.  The second is a 100% cropped version of that same original.

I was pleasantly impressed with the resolution of this still-in-production old lens.

Nikkor 50mm f:1.2 @ f:4

Nikkor 50mm f:1.2 @ f:4 CROP

Nikkor 50mm f:1.2 @ f:5.6

Nikkor 50mm f:1.2 @ f:5.6 CROP


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John Motzi
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March 26, 2020 11:04 pm  

Hi Randy,

I also have this old lens.  I concur that the sharpest is f/4 to f/5.6 on a D850 or Z7.  It also has some crazy effects wide open - definitely not sharp but interesting nevertheless.  I also find that f/5.6 is the sharpest for most of my Zeiss and Nikon prime lenses and have seen that for the past few generations of cameras.

I also very much like the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens which I have used a lot for shooting in 1:1 (square) aspect.  It is one of my go-to lenses for landscape work.  It's a really nice lens and for me that focal length is great for square.

JM


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Randy S. Tesch
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March 27, 2020 11:24 am  

@jmotzi

Hi John,

I found with the 50mm f/1.2 that a slight amount of tweaking in Capture One results in decent final images even wide open.  Here are three images taken at f/1.4, f/2.0, and f/2.8.

50mm 1.4

50mm 2.0

50mm 2.8


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John Motzi
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March 27, 2020 11:43 am  

@rstesch Nice!


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