The first super-speed Z mount lens from Nikon!
Smart Photography|May 2021
Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.2 S ₹1,79,995
Ashok Kandimalla

Inside the Box

Snap-on front lens cap

Rear lens cap

Petal shaped bayonet lens hood with spring catch

User Manual

Soft pouch

Warranty card

Nikon offered high-speed lenses right from the 1950s, starting with the legendary and very rare 50 mm f/1.1 made for rangefinder cameras. Later, many normal lenses with focal lengths ranging from 50 mm to 58 mm appeared with f/1.2 aperture, with some, now commanding very high prices in the collector’s market. These were all manual focus lenses designed for the Nikon SLRs. However, no autofocussing normal lens with f/1.2 was introduced by Nikon. Hence, many photographers were expecting a new high performance normal f/1.2 lens after the Z mount was announced. This is the answer from Nikon.

Design & Build Quality

This is a very large and heavy lens. In fact, it is the largest 50 mm fullframe lens that we ever received for a review! It uses the same solid ‘hybrid’ construction as the other S lenses. There are two rings. The first is very broad and is for manual focussing. The second, called the ‘control ring’ is fully customisable. At the top, there is a ‘faux ring’ that the manual calls a ‘rubber grip’ and that is exactly its purpose!

As with a few other Z lenses, there is a multipurpose organic EL display panel on the lens. There are two buttons, one called ‘Disp’ and the other ‘L-Fn’ (Lens Function). The usual switch for AF/ MF selection is also present. There are seals all over to make the lens dust and moisture-proof.

Key Features

This is a complex lens with no less than 17 elements in 15 groups (including 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements).

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