Nikon Rumors reports that Nikon has filed a patent for a 58mm f1.2 lens, with an optic elements diagram that is very similar to the famous Nikon NOCT 58mm f1.2 lens. The NOCT that was released in 1977 and remained in extremely limited production until 1997, with less than 11,500 ever made. By way of comparison, Nikon has produced over 7 million 18-55mm VR lenses!! It was designed to perform at its best at maximum aperture and to prevent chromatic spherical abberation, commonly showing up as low contrast with 'bat's wings' around points of light.
I am sure Nikon sees this as a great opportunity to compete against Canon's 50mm f1.2 L series lens, and gain some profit from a higher end lens. Without a doubt, Nikon will price such a lens in the $1,800 - $2,000 price range, similar to the 35mm f1.4 and the 24mm f1.4.
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