58mm Noct Nikkor F/1.2 AIS to die for

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  1. haring

    haring TPF Noob!

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    Does anybody have experience with 58mm Noct Nikkor F/1.2 AIS lenses?
    I would love to have one.

    - Does anybody compare ti to a Canon 50mm 1.2 L?
    - Does is focus accurately on a Nikon D3?
     
  2. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    AI-S is a manual focus lens.

    No it doesn't compare to a Canon 50mm f/1.2 L. It blows it out of the water. Mind you the Canon definitely beats it on value for money given that a 30 year old second hand Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 would set you back between $3000 and $5000 depending on its condition. The Noct-Nikkor was designed from the ground up to be used at f/1.2, it is sharper at f/1.2 then the 50mm f/1.4 is when stopped down to f/4. A quick google will give you many example pages that will make you happy in your pants.
     
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    The Noct is very sharp wide open. The bonus is a very nice bokeh.


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    Wow awesome lens.
     
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    Was that image shot at f/1.2? There looks to be too much DOF.

    Thanks,
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    No, don't think so, assuming a camera-to-subject distance of about 6', DoF at 1.2 on an FF body should be just under 4", which seems about your getting in that image.
     
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    If that is full frame it was taken at much less than 6 ft. Closer to 3 ft I would guess. I'm mainly judging DoF by how my Noctilux pictures look at f/1.2, though it is difficult to tell with small, low resolution images.

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    It looks like there is about one inch,maximum, of useful depth of field...only the front of his soul patch, part of his 'stache, and his eyes are in focus.
     
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    The image is slightly cropped. I was at about 85cm (almost 3 feet) of the subject.
    Wide open on D700, here with full exif:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Wow! :)
     

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