Nikon couldn't just observe the global competition in making the fastest lenses ever. Various lens makers showed their optical abilities by producing faster lenses. ‘Slow’ films (low ISO/ASA number = sensitivity) in the 1950's and 1960's made photographers calling for faster lenses. Coating and the introduction of computers made lens design a bit easier. Nikon managed to produce a fast Nikkor-N 1.1/5cm for its range finder camera. For the SLR camera it became too difficult, as the rear lens shouldn't protrude into the camera, where it could be damaged by the swinging mirror. That's why Nikon came with a standard prime lens with a slightly longer focal length and a maximum aperture, resulting in the famous Nikkor-S 1.2/55mm., which was introduced in December 1965. All the details of this lens one can find in a special web site. After produced some 175,000 lenses production terminated in April 1978. Early versions may still stated as Nippon Kogaku and later versions simply just stated as "Nikon". There is also an interim Ai-spec 55mm f/1.2 but there was never an Ai-S version for this 55mm as Nikon replacement model was a 50mm f/1.2 which was introduced in July, 1978.


Specifications for a typical early version Nikkor-S AUTO 55mm f/1.2 lens:

Focal length: 55mm;

Maximum aperture: 1:1.2

Lens construction: 7 elements in 5 groups

Picture angle: 43° at infinity

Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 0.6m and 2 ft


Product $499 SN: **5452/ **3226
Condition: Like New (LN)
Warranty: 2 weeks shop warranty, covering manufactural defects 

What You Will Get 
- Front Cap
- Rear Cap


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Nikon 55mm F1.2 Auto SC Ai (used)


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