How Good Is Nikon’s New 50mm f/1.2 Lens and How Does It Compare To the 50mm f/1.8?

After a long wait, Nikon’s fast primes for its Z mount are starting to appear and fans now have a choice between the 50mm f/1.8 S and the brand new 50mm f/1.2 S. How good is this meaty f/1.2 beast, and which of these lenses is the right choice for you?

Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S is far from being the cheapest nifty fifty on the market, though it’s currently discounted from its original price of $596.95 down to $496.95. However, it has been garnering some excellent reviews and seems to offer very impressive corner-to-corner sharpness even when it’s wide open. Combined with its weather sealing and lack of focus breathing, some are dubbing it the best 50mm f/1.8 ever made.

As a result, the pressure was on for the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S, especially after such a long wait, and it seems that Nikon fans will not be disappointed, assuming that they are willing to stretch to $2,096.95 when this lens is finally in stock. 

Will you be investing in the 50mm f/1.2 or are you going to save your money, opt for the f/1.8, and wait to invest heavily when Nikon’s slated 85mm f/1.2 appears next year? Let us know in the comments below.


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