My new portrait lens, the Nikkor 50mm f1.2

I have long admired the wedding and portrait work of Canon shooters who have taken advantage of the new ultra fast f1.2 lenses. These lenses are ridiculously expensive but deliver results that are uniquely stunning. The look is ‘cinematic’ with only a tiny part of the image sharp, the rest quickly falling off to beautiful blur.

Image shot with 50mm f1.2 lens, with lens stopped down to f2 to get more of the image sharp

Image shot with 50mm f1.2 lens, with lens stopped down to f2 to get more of the image sharp

I’m planning to do more portrait work in the future – having shot lots of environmental portraits on my 50mm f1.4 “prime” in the past, this seemed a logical length to research my options. It was a total surprise to find that Nikon have been making a 50mm F1.2 lens for years, and that it is still being made today.

This is with the aperture opened up to f1.2

In this shot, you really get that cinematic effect going even though there is not a lot of depth to the scene. There is a little bit of fall off in focus with the left eye- it is a very hard lens to handle especially with a little one moving around so much! I’m looking forward to really learning this lens, its capabilities and producing images that better communicate the message in the image.

 

 

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