Down to the finest details.
Enjoy video recording with the same superior optical performance you get in stills. Capture every candid moment unnoticed, with the lens’ quiet operation that minimises unnecessary operation sounds. The focus breathing support allows you to record videos with reduced changes in angle of view that can sometimes occur when focusing. Adapt seamlessly to changes in lighting as you move from one scene to another and enjoy smooth aperture control with a simple twist of the button-less control ring.
1 Among interchangeable lenses for full-frame digital cameras with a maximum aperture of f/1.2 available as of September 16, 2020. Statement based on Nikon research.
2 The lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations or under all conditions.
1. Key Features
By making the most of the advantages of the large-diameter Z mount system, the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S delivers overwhelming rendering performance among S-Line lenses with a maximum aperture of f/1.2. While achieving striking resolving power, smooth and beautiful bokeh is also created with an extremely shallow depth of field at the fast maximum aperture, realizing dramatic image expression with superb definition and natural depth. The beauty of the maximum aperture of f/1.2 can be fully enjoyed in the elaborate depiction.
An ideal lens construction is achieved by symmetrically positioning symmetrical lens groups in front of and behind the aperture. This equalizes the power balance between the front and rear groups, enabling natural light passage to an image sensor without forced refraction, which provides great potential for the lens’ optical performance. While realizing the maximum f/1.2 aperture that requires an extremely high optical technology, outstanding resolution, natural bokeh, superior point-image reproduction, minimum distortion and effective focus-breathing compensation are all accomplished, offering overwhelming rendering performance.
The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S is designed to deliver beautiful, impressive bokeh that will enhance the enjoyment of your image-making. Large bokeh is created thanks to the extremely shallow depth of field of the fast f/1.2 aperture. Beautiful gradation of the degree of bokeh from the sharply focused focal plane brings effective emphasis to your primary subject with naturally blurred background, creating a sense of depth. In addition, large, round bokeh is beautifully reproduced with minimized color fringing at the edges.
Adoption of three aspherical lens elements effectively controls sagittal coma flare to minimize distorted images of point light sources, while also suppressing color fringing caused by chromatic aberration and unnatural depiction of bokeh. This enables point-light reproduction more beautiful than that perceived with the naked eye.
The use of Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat, Nikon’s original high-performance anti-reflection coating systems, effectively suppresses ghost and flare, regardless of the direction from which light enters the lens. Sharp and clear images can be captured even when a light source is located within the frame.
With an extremely shallow depth of field, the slightest motion of subjects can put them out of focus. With the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S, fast and accurate autofocusing is attained even at the f/1.2 maximum aperture by utilizing a multi-focusing system with stepping motors employed as AF actuators. Smooth focusing operation is further enhanced when used together with the camera’s eye-detection AF.
Nikon’s multi-focusing system is an advanced AF drive system that utilizes multiple AF drive units working together to control the position of multiple focusing lens groups precisely. Employing two stepping motors as AF drive units, fast and highly accurate focusing is enabled even at the maximum aperture of f/1.2. This focusing system also contributes to improving imaging performance across the entire shooting range, including short distances, by effectively compensating aberrations for sharp and clear portraits and other close-ups.
The integration of stepping motors was realized thanks to the large diameter of the Z mount, which creates more space inside the lens barrel. This offers quiet and smooth AF with a constant focusing speed, also serving as a great advantage for video recording.
*Among interchangeable lenses for full-frame (Nikon FX-format) digital cameras with interchangeable lenses with a maximum aperture of f/1.2 available as of September 16, 2020. Statement based on Nikon research.
The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S is designed with consideration given to video recording as well, achieving dramatic image expression utilizing an extremely shallow depth of field at the f/1.2 aperture in video. While demonstrating the same optical performance as with stills, a variety of features that enables smooth video expression is also employed. Focus-breathing reduction function effectively reduces shifting of the angle of view when adjusting focus, allowing users to freely change focus position after setting a composition. Lens drive and other operational sounds are minimized to prevent them from being recorded with video, even when recording in quiet surroundings or situations. Also, the control ring, to which functions such as ISO sensitivity, aperture and exposure compensation can be assigned, provides comfortable recording with its superior operational feel.
Superior dust- and drip-resistant performance* is achieved with a sealing for various sections including movable parts of the lens barrel to prevent dust and water droplets from entering the lens, as well as the adoption of a rubber seal around the lens mount.
*Perfect dustproof and waterproof performance is not guaranteed under all conditions.
The lens information panel enables quick confirmation of aperture, focus distance, depth of field, etc. without looking into the viewfinder even in dark situations. While an L-Fn button, to which a function can be assigned just as with camera Fn1 and Fn2 buttons, allows users to customize operation to suit their own preferences.
The lens itself is equipped with a diaphragm blade unit that employs its own drive mechanism, and uses electronic signals from the camera for even more precise aperture control, delivering consistently stable exposure control (AE), even during continuous shooting.
2. MTF Chart and Lens Construction
Nikon Z mount
17 elements in 15 groups (including 2 ED elements, 3 aspherical elements, and elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats)
Angle of view
FX format: 47° DX format: 31° 30‘
Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance
0.45 m ( 1.48 ft) from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
f/1.2 to 16
Nano Crystal Coat, ARNEO coat
82 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Approx. 89.5 mm/3.6 in. maximum diameter x 150 mm/6 in. (distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 1090 g (2 lb 6.5 oz )
LC-82B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-94 Lens Hood, CL-C2 Lens Case
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