Yeah, I was wondering the same.
Originally Posted by lxdude
Perhaps there is some confusion between single layer coating and the multi-layer coating technology that came about the beginning of the 70s?
Nikon multi coated technology became known as NIC and Non-AI lenses were given a "C" to denote that. Until the 70s lenses were coated using a different method.
You can read about the different 55mm versions here: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kor/index3.htm
Fed 2, 4, 5
Zenit 11, 12XP
Olympus OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2N, OM-2SP, OM10
A bunch of Nikons
I don't know really how to explain. f/1.2 is not in the full stop and I avoid buying lenses with such an aperture for example f/1.2, f/1.7, f/1.8, f/3.5, f/4.5, f/6.3 etc....
Originally Posted by Roger Cole
I rather have lenses with aperture like f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6 etc...
Talk me out of a Nikon 55mm f/1.2
Good thinking. I avoid those that end in 4 like 50/1.4, 200/4 and so forth and never shoot at f/4 or f/64 either. ;-)
Originally Posted by Chan Tran
I have a 55mm f1.2 bought with my Nikon F in 1978, I have found it an excellent performer even wide open, using the correct lens hood with this lens is important. I don't think think it would be worth buying if you already have a 1.4. There wouldn't be much difference in speed.
I have not found it tricky to focus as some have mentioned, because the "F" focussing screen is exceptional, it really snaps in and out of focus in a positive manner.
It's definitely coated, just single-coated, not multicoated.
Incidentally if a person really wants to play with sharp 50mm Nikon photography, the answer isn't the f/1.2 options; it's the 50/2 and the 50/1.8 AI (first version, with the non-AI meter coupling shoe). I think people think they're inferior because they're slower, but that's not the case at all. The 50/2 H and HC are probably the most underrated Nikon 50s you can find.
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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But it looks really neat when it's on the camera with it's hood!
How was the 58/1.2 Noct?
I purchase new, both a 1.2 & F3HP, and already had the 1.4 purchased with my EL. Both great lens. However, the 1.2 is mainly, in my mind at least, meant for low available light, hand held shooting. If not needed in that way, I choose the 1.4 or even a 2.0. At the time, I wanted the fastest speed lens for handheld shooting color (lower speed) without using a support. Business expense at the time. I still have the lens and almost never shoot it, for no particular reason other than its not what is mounted on the camera. I never compared it to the other lens and the different F stops since that was never a relevant issue.