just got this awesome lense! 55mm f/1.2!

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    wow this lens is awesome, it says auto but it don't work in auto focus. It used to be my aunts, she just mailed me it. its got such a nice DOF! here's a sample show! oh yeah, the f-dial is hard to turn :( maybe i should lube it? any suggestions? here's the images:

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    its hard to manual focus, but ill get the hang of it. at f/1.2 man is the veiw finder bright!
     
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    in the second one it looks like one of the elements may be misaligned cause it kind of looks like ghosting on the left side of that dudes hat...but maybe that's just the DOF blur.
     
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    how can i fix it? is this lens worth fooling with? do u know ne thing about it?
     
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    "it says auto but it don't work in auto focus"

    Joey,

    Back when that lens was made, the 'Auto' referred to the auto diaphragm. It is taken for granted now, but the mechanism that closes the aperture just before the picture is taken, then opens it back up for full aperture viewing was fairly new.

    That's a very nice lens. You will get the hang of focusing it. I think that is just normal blur on the left side of my brother's hat. I didn't know that you knew him.

    Best,
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    you are right, its misaligned. i can tell just by pointing the camera at a light and moving it around. i can see ghosting :(
     
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    haha your brother :lmao:

    thanks. the focusing ring is loosing up, making it easier to focus. i think this will be good for those "vintage" days haha when i feel like feeling like a vintage photog. its a fun lens, i think it is misaligned tho. but i dont care. haha.thats cool to know about the auto thing. wish it was auto focus :p. The positioning of the aperture ring is liek the worst spot ever, almost impossible to move.
     
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    Joey,

    The 55 mm f/1.2 is very prone to veiling even when it is in perfect condition, and it shows a lot of coma when wide open - ie points of light are turned into odd shapes. It is also prone to being damaged - Nikon put a hefty lens into a not-so-hefty body - so misalignment is possible. Are there any signs of damage on the body?

    The version you have is single-coated, which adds to the veiling/ghosting problem. The multi-coated version was designated 'Nikkor-SC' rather than Nikkor-S. The 'S' means that it has seven elements (U, B, T, Q, P, H, S, O, N, D = 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

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    there's no sign of damage at all. my aunt was a photographer on a cruise ship, so it was in salty air all the time im guessing could that cause any problems?
     
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    There could possibly be some corrosion, but if everything works, the glass is clear and there aren't too many specks of dirt inside the lens then it should be OK. The only thing that really matters is "Do you like the results?"

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    the results are nice, cant wait to use it this spring with all the flowers and such. Thanks for all the info. the lens is clear as can be, and when i take it off, it doubles and an incredibly clear magnifying glass ahah the glass is soo clear!
     
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    should be nice for minimal intrusion street photography huh ?
     
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    haha i dunno, i prefer autofocus for street photography, cause it takes me a while to manual focus. and u have to be spot on focusing at f/1.2.
     

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