Nikon fans have been waiting patiently for the Z system’s first super-fast autofocus prime lens and the Japanese manufacturer will soon be delivering the 50mm f/1.2. The lens will be available to purchase from December at a price of $2,096.95.
The 50mm is billed as Nikon’s fastest and most optically impressive AF prime lens to date, offering “unrivaled sharpness, speed, and life-like clarity.” It features weather sealing, a shortcut button, and a customizable control ring, as well as an EL (electro-luminescent) Display panel, an OLED screen that can show focus distance/DOF, focal length, or aperture.
As you might expect, this is not a small lens: though not quite Noct-sized, it weighs 2.4 lb (1090 g), measures 3.6 in x 6 in (89.5mm x 150mm), and has a front filter thread of 82mm. It has 17 elements in 15 groups and 9 diaphragm blades.
The front element is “nearly flat” and the lens accepts a 112 mm filter. It’s 3.5 in (89 mm) in diameter and 4.92 in (125 mm) in length. 16 elements sit in 11 groups and there are 9 diaphragm blades. Like the other trinity lenses, it features the same EL Display, shortcut button, and control ring, and has weather sealing.