Released late last year, the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 S is a stunning lens and welcome addition to the options available for the Z mount. However sharp and fast it might be, is it let down by an autofocus system that simply doesn’t compare to those of Canon and Sony?
Jared Polin takes the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens out into the real world to see how it performs on a shoot. Slightly larger and heavier than its Sony and Canon counterparts, this is evidently an impressive lens with stunning sharpness and color rendition. However, with such a shallow depth of field when shooting wide open, you will be heavily reliant on the autofocus performance of the camera that you are using and this is where Polin encountered some difficulties: despite shooting on the Nikon Z 7II, he couldn’t rely on face- and eye-tracking to nail focus.
While still behind its competitors, Nikon has made significant progress with the autofocus systems in its mirrorless cameras and you would imagine that further improvements will come via firmware upgrades in the near future, especially when you consider that the Z 9 is expected to launch in November or December this year. As Nikon's flagship full frame mirrorless camera, autofocus performance will have to be spot on.
Do you struggle with your Z camera’s autofocus? Are you waiting for improvements before upgrading from your Nikon DSLR? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.