In search of the definitive 50mm lens for Nikon FF
My Nikon D800 usually either sports an AF-S 50mm f/1.8D or an AIS 55mm f/2.8 Micro. For general work, I don’t see much to choose between them. Both are fine. But I would like something exceptional, something that would recall the excellence of the 50mm Summicron I used in days of film. The short list consists of the Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar; the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Milvus; or the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art. The Otus is out the question on price grounds.
Am I really going to see much of a difference? And is there anything else I should be looking at? Macro is nice-to-have but not essential; Indifferent to manual/auto focus; I don’t do zooms!
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