This Nikon 55mm f/1.2 was Nikon's first ultra-speed f/1.2 lens. Nikon has never made a faster SLR lens, it's merely made them in slightly different focal lengths of 50mm and 58mm. Nikon replaced this lens with today's slightly smaller 50mm f/1.2 AI-s in the spring of 1978. It performs about the same.Nikon also made an aspherical 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NIKKOR from 1977-1997, which is completely unrelated in performance.
Nikon's first 58mm f/1.4 (1959-1962) has no relation to the 58mm or this 55mm f/1.2 either.This 55mm f/1.2 lens first shipped as an F-mount lens, and was updated to AI (Automatic Indexing) in 1977. This 55mm f/1.2 lens has low contrast and loads of spherical aberration and coma at f/1.2, and cleans up nicely as stopped down. If you're stopping it down, you may as well use any 50mm f/1.4 instead, and if you want high contrast at f/1.2, use the 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NIKKOR.
The reason this lens exists was to give little men bragging rights decades ago when little men bragged about the speed of their lens as opposed to how many pixels their camera had.Today, the reason for this lens is if you want a soft-contrast effect with very little depth-of-field at f/1.2.
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