April 8, 2016 at 2:47AM, Edited April 8, 2:47AM


Is it worth to grab a Nikkor 50mm 1.2 ais for 200€?

Hi! It's mind condition and I would use it with a lensturbo in my GH2. Greetings!


Old nikkor ais lenses still have good quality glass and plus they are able to mount on many cameras with an adapter if you choose upgrade from the GH2, but you can find the 50mm for about $150 (approx. 130 euros) or less on eBay in good condition.

April 8, 2016 at 8:49AM, Edited April 8, 8:49AM


Really? I though it was more expensive. It happened to be a 1.2 AI, and not AIS as the guy said. Don't know if it's still a good deal :/

April 8, 2016 at 11:31AM, Edited April 8, 11:31AM


To my knowledge, ai 50mm had a longer focus throw than the ais, which is more beneficial for pulling focus. I don't think there's much difference in quality between ais and ai besides the 28mm.

Bryan Pham

April 8, 2016 at 11:52AM, Edited April 8, 11:52AM

I can't find an image quality comparison between 1.2 ai and ais :/ 180 euro for a Nikkor 50mm 1.2 ai seems very tempting!

April 8, 2016 at 12:32PM


The Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-S lens is pretty soft wide open ( mostly due to uncontrolled "coma" ) and if you are going to use it with a "speed booster" adapter I don't see much advantage to using this lens over a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens. I own two Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lenses that I use with a Metabones SpeedBooster, and I always have to stop down at least one F-stop to get a usable image because the image is extremely soft a full aperture. ( 50mm f/1.4 + SpeedBooster = 35mm f/1.0 lens, which stopped down one F-stop = 35mm f/1.4 lens )

Ken Rockwell : Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Sharpness Comparison
( note the images are equivalent to looking at a 44 inch wide print )
( so the differences will be minute when looking at video images )

April 9, 2016 at 10:38AM, Edited April 9, 10:45AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Yea yea, thanks for the useful info! The thing is I read that the 1.2 stopped down to 2 is sharpest than 1.4 ais, and seeing the offer (180 euro) could be a good investement.
Obviously, if I don't get a 180 euro 1.2 ai, the other option should be or a very cheap 50 euro 1.8 ais or the 1.4 ais for.... 80 euro would be a good deal? Greetings!

April 9, 2016 at 12:30PM


great lens!

April 9, 2016 at 6:27PM

forest erwin

grab it, if not let me know where i can do.
it' a very good price if are not present dust or mildew.

April 10, 2016 at 3:57AM

Carlo Macchiavello
Director (with strong tech knowledge)

Carlo, you are telling by the post title or knowing it happened to be an AI 1.2 for 180 euro instead? Let me know please, greetings!

April 10, 2016 at 1:46PM


Hi Juandi, i'm old user of gh2, i tried different lenses on it, i builded a small set of nikon lenses be cause i like a lot their light renditition. Later i goes on gh3, then actually i'm on bmpc4k and use alternated set of L series canon and my old but good nikon set.
I have many old ('60) lenses and when i close them one stop or two are sharpen than my L series.
The big difference is not in sharpness but in coating treatment, that mean if you have light that hit lens laterally one coating lens give you less contrast and some color change, but is something that i like, and if i work correctly, i not have light leaks, i use mattebox. If i work run and gun i pay attention to it.
I used ai 1.2 lens from a friend, i liked a lots. I have a 1.4 50mm and 1.2 is sharper than 1.4, the big difference between these two lenses are related to coating, that mean when you shoot in low light, 1.2 iris mean that you have a small halo around lights points. you close one stop and all is ok, a more modern lens have multicoating layer that reduce it and is clinical sharper.
remember that if you not choose a good hack like flowmotion 2, sharpness of video is not enought to see difference between these kind of lens.
if you search a good and sharp lenses i can suggest also minolta rokkor MD 50mm 1.4, that you can find around 80$ and is far sharper than nikon 1.4 (i have both).

Carlo Macchiavello

April 11, 2016 at 9:19AM

Hi Carlo! thousand thanks for your reply, it means a lot! Yes, I understand that about coating, I like the vintage vibe about coatings, I just wanted a mix between good sharpness, good aperture, good build, godly focus ring, manual and with a great mount to fit in future cameras. I think Nikkor offers the best for what I'm looking for! Thanks for your reply and let me ask: can I speak with you via messages, facebook or something? I would like to ask you different questions about the GH2 and lenses. If not, don't worry! Greetings!

April 11, 2016 at 12:39PM


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