A list of vintage super-fast 50-60mm f/1.2 lenses

So who made f/1.2 lenses? The answer is that most manufacturers had some lenses with this large aperture, usually in the 50-60mm range. Most of these lenses came from Japanese manufacturers, who led the way in fast lenses. The only real exception is the Leitz Wetzlar Noctilux 50mm, and they are expensive, to the point where it is cheaper to buy a new Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH (for US$8k).

These lenses are sorted by focal length and years up to 1985. Up until 1975, there were few if any 50mm f/1.2 lenses for SLR cameras, but there were a range of 55/58mm f/1.2 lenses. Note R indicates a lens for a rangefinder camera.

50mm

  • 1954 – Fuji Fujinon 5cm f/1.2 R
  • 1956 – Canon 50mm f/1.2 R
  • 1966 – Leitz Wetzlar Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 R
  • 1975 – Pentax SMC 50mm f/1.2
  • 1978 – Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.2
  • 1978 – Nikon AI Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
  • 1980 – Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2
  • 1981 – Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2
  • 1981 – Nikon AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
  • 1981 – Fuji Photofilm EBC X-Fujinon 50mm f/1.2 DM (+Porst UMC)
  • 1982 – Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.2
  • 1984 – SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2

55mm

  • 1962 – Canon R Super-Canomatic 58mm f/1.2
  • 1965 – Nikkor-S Auto f/1.2 55mm
  • 1968 – Canon FL 55mm f/1.2
  • 1970 – Tomioka Auto (Chinon/Cosinon/Revuenon/Yashinon/Cosina) 55mm f/1.2
  • 1970 – Tomioka Kogaku Auto Tominon 55mm f/1.2
  • 1971 – Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 (+AL)
  • 1972 – Olympus OM G.Zuiko Auto-S 55mm f/1.2
  • 1973 – Tomioka Auto Yashinon DS-M 55mm f/1.2
  • 1974 – Nikon Nikkor 55mm f/1.2
  • 1975 – Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 Aspherical
  • 1976 – Yashica ML 55mm f/1.2
  • 1977 – Nikon AI Nikkor 55mm f/1.2

57-60mm

  • 1956 – Konishiroku Hexanon 60mm f/1.2 R
  • 1960 – Tamron 58mm f/1.2
  • 1962 – Canon Super-Canomatic R 58mm f/1.2
  • 1964 – Canon FL 58mm f/1.2
  • 1967 – Konica Hexanon/Hexar 57mm f/1.2
  • 1968 – Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2
  • 1973 – Minolta MC Rokkor(-X) PG 58mm f/1.2
  • 1977 – Nicon Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2
  • 1981 – Nikon AI-S Noct_Nikkor 58mm f/1.2

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