Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2 in black, $896.95. (Nikon 1 coverage only, 52mm filters, 8.3 oz. /235g, 1.5'/0.45m close focus, about $900). This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link directly to this lens at Adorama, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. It helps me keep reviewing these lenses when you get yours through these links — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere. Thanks for your support! Ken.
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2 in silver, $896.95. (Nikon 1 coverage only, 52mm filters, 8.3 oz. /235g, 1.5'/0.45m close focus, about $900). This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link directly to this lens at Adorama, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. It helps me keep reviewing these lenses when you get yours through these links — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere. Thanks for your support! Ken.
85mm f/1.4 G (2010-)
85mm f/1.4 AF-D (1995-)
85mm f/1.4 AI-s (1981-2006)
This lens works only on Nikon 1 cameras.
Nikon calls this the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2.
1: Nikon's brand for their teeny mirrorless cameras.
NIKKOR: Nikon brand name for all their lenses.
Nano Crystal Coat (N): Magic anti-reflection coating that has a variable index of refraction that's far more effective than multicoating.
AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.
D: Couples distance information to the Matrix Meter.
1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 internal diagram.
9 elements in 7 groups. Conventional spherical design, greatly modified double-Gauss.
Nikon calls the floating element system "CRC," for close-range correction. This means this lens optimizes its design for perfect performance as you focus at any distance.
It's multicoated, which Nikon calls Nikon Integrated Coating.
7 rounded blades.
Stops down to f//16.
Nikon 1 coverage only.
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28° on Nikon 1.
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1.5 feet (0.45 meters) from the image plane.
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Nikon 1 specifies 2.58 " (65.5 mm) diameter by 1.85" (47 mm) extension from flange.
Nikon specifies 8.3 oz. (235 g).
Plastic bayonet HB-N107 hood, included.
14 May 2013.
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$900, May 2013.
No one has any idea; real production samples won't exist until June 2013.
Nikon's MTF curve tells us that at f/1.2 it's pretty darn good, but not perfect. In practice, this curve is quite similar to the MTF of the 85mm f/1.4 G, which is spectacular in actual use.
Nikon's claimed MTF for 20 and 60 cyc./mm (equivalent to 7.4 and 22 cyc./mm on full-frame 35mm.)
As a double-Gauss-based design, I expect we'll see plenty of spherochromatism (color fringes on out-of-focus highlights), just as we do on the 85/1.4 G. This is good, since it makes green backgrounds even smoother.
Nikon claims a "high-quality metallic exterior," which sound like weasel words suggesting it's not actually metal, but merely has exterior metal trim covering a plastic carcass, like some of the the awful Sony NEX lenses. Watch out.
For $900, I'd much rather buy a real 85mm f/1.4 lens for a real camera, like the 85mm f/1.4 G (2010-), 85mm f/1.4 AF-D (1995-) or 85mm f/1.4 AI-s (1981-2006) - but that's just me. If you've got it, flaunt it, and get one of these lenses. The 85mm f/1.4 as imitated by this lens on Nikon 1 cameras is one of photography's most useful lenses.
If you want narrow depth of field, focal length has far more to do with it than f/number, so use either a longer lens on the Nikon 1, or shoot a larger format like DX or FX, and even a slower lens will do a better job of blurring backgrounds than any 32mm f/1.2 lens.
If I was working in nasty, dirty areas, I'd forget the cap, and use an uncoated 52mm Tiffen UV filter instead. Uncoated filters are much easier to clean, but more prone to ghosting.
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