CONTAX Zeiss 50mm f1.4 vs Nikon 55mm f1.2

This is a quick comparison showing the minimum focus distance of the CONTAX Zeiss 50mm f1.2 to Nikon’s 55mm f1.2. The vintage 55mm from Nikon has been my go-to “Nifty 50” for quite some time. I’d really like to see how it stacks up against the 50mm from CONTAX.

Minimum Focus Distance of CONTAX 50mm f1.4

I’m really impressed with the close focus distance of the CONTAX lens. Here it is at MFD wide open at f1.4:

CONTAX Zeiss 50mm f1.4 @f1.4 and minimum focus distance.

Minimum Focus Distance of Nikon 55mm f1.2

Nikon 55mm f1.2 @1.2 and minimum focus distance.

I’m really impressed with the CONTAX 50mm f1.4. I would have assumed that my Nikkor lens had a better ability of blurring the backgrounds as an f1.2 lens, but the ability of the CONTAX lens to get closer to the subject actually gives it more background blur. Here are the two images side-by-side:

Nikon 55mm f1.2
CONTAX Zeiss 50mm f1.4

The Nikkor lens appears warmer in this example but that’s not typical from what I’ve seen. It may just be the light through the window changing.

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