5.8cm 1.4 NIKKOR

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by puderse, May 14, 2009.

  1. puderse

    puderse Member

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    SEEMS LIKE I CAN HAVE ONE FOR COLLECTOR PRICES BUT ARE THEY MARKEDLY DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL 1.4/50 THAT I GOT ON MY CAMERA IN 1970?
     
  2. rthomas

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    There's not much information about the 5.8cm f/1.4 Nikkor online. What there is suggests that it was a good fast lens for the time, but that it is the rarity of the lens, not the optical quality, accounts for the pricing. I've never used one...
     
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    Ok this is second-hand information but from a reliable and experienced user.
    A friend of mine used the 58mm f1,4 and the 50mm f1,2. He preferred the first one for 2 reasons:
    1 his second lens was a 35mm so he claimed the 8mm difference from a standard 50 was visible.
    2 he said the 50 f1,2 was a real bad experience, having (I quote) less sharpness than the f1,4 and even f1,8. Too soft for landscape, ok perhaps for portraiture, Hamilton-style he said with a funny expression on his face...
     
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    I have one, and yes the 8mm does make a noticeable difference in the field of view. It's a good lens, but I think the newer 1.4 50mm ones are a bit sharper. It is one of the first ones made and is a good match to my very well used early F with the Photomic meter that isn't a ttl one. :smile: