For a long time we have been wondering, “Where is the Nikon 50mm f1.2 II?” Well, recently Nikon has filed two patents in Japan for a 50mm f1.2 and a 60mm f1.2 lens respectively. Looking at the calculations on the patents, these lenses–if produced–would be fantastic. I recently acquired an old manual Nikon 50mm f1.2 and it has been a dream to work with, so I have high hopes for these patents. With a little luck, we have one or more new super-fast lenses on the way.
Since its inception, the Micro Four Thirds format has only had one option for a 35mm equivalent, the Olympus 17mm f2.8. While its performance greatly lacks behind Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7, this lens has been the budget friendly prime that many buyers opt to purchase in place of a kit zoom. Thankfully, Olympus has introduced a newer, more high performance 17mm to the mix, the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.ZUIKO lens.
The MS-Optical Sonnetar 50/1.1 on the Leica M8. The lens is surprisingly small for its focal length and speed.
The Sonnetar 50mm f1.1 for Leica M is the latest lens design by Mr. Miyazaki from Japan, the man who brought us the 35mm f3.5 and 28mm f4 “Perar” pancake lenses before. The Sonnetar is not a pancake, but still not large either considering its speed. Based on the classic Sonnar design by Zeiss, the Sonnetar manages to be fast and compact at the same time. As with all MS-Optical lenses, it is designed and assembled by only one person, which is why it comes in limited numbers only. I had the opportunity to take a closer look at a pre-production unit of this unique lens.
My first lens review with The Phoblographer was on the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. I truly enjoyed shooting with that lens and if I was in the market for an 85mm prime, Sigma would get my money. An 85mm lens is great for portraits but I, like many other people, find 50mm to be a more useful focal length for everyday shooting. Luckily for me, Sigma offered to lend me the 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM to test out. If this performs as good as its 85mm sibling, my wallet may be lighter by the end of this review. [click to continue…]