50mm lens for FE2

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  1. NZed

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    So I'm looking for a 50mm lens for my FE2
    I'm stuck between the 50mm 1.8 Series E. 50mm f/2 AIS. and the 50mm 1.8D
    In my location the series E and the f/2 can be had for roughly the same price(59 dollars).
    But for the 50mm 1.8D, its 109 for it.

    So I'm not sure should I go for the old but gold or buy new just in case the old breaks apart.

    Keep in mind the 1.8D is second hand with a 30 day warranty.

    Thanks
     
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    I always feel the need for speed. I try to buy f1.4 if possible. Go for the fastest lens you can afford, IMHO.
     
  3. NZed

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    the 1.4 AI is kind of hard to find. I think theres one on the market place but i'd like to buy local.
    Only 1.4 local available is the 1.4 AFD which goes for like 300.

    I'm actually a Canon shooter and if I'd have to pay 300 for a second hand lens, I'd rather pay 300 for a new Canon 50mm 1.4

    And plus, i'm really short of cash.
     
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    Well, go for what you can afford. All your choices are great lenses.
     
  5. Chan Tran

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    In your case get the 50mm f/2 AIS. It's would be nicest to use on the FE2. The series E is just as good but not nice or well built. The AF lens isn't very nice to manual focus.
     
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    It's also a very very rare collector's item--no matter how much you pay for it, someone will pay more. :wink:

    More seriously, you skipped the best in the price range you consider--the longnose 1.8.

    No matter which one you get, you won't be disappointed. Good luck.
     
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    What Chan said ^. I have two of the 50/2 Nikkor H lenses, the ancestor of the Ais. Mine are great lenses, and yours will have better coating.
     
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    Any of these will be good. I'd be inclined to get a new AF-D lens simply because it will have the most modern lens coatings and a warranty, but they're all good lenses.

    Incidentally a Canon 50/1.4 will set you back nearly $500 new.
     
  9. Soeren

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    How about the plain 50mm f/1,8 AIS?
    Best regards
     
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    Hello,
    don't take an AF lens since they are not well suited for manual focussing because they have only a very small turning angle from infinity to 0.45 m. The series E and the latest AiS 1.8/50 without coupling has only a minimum distance of 0.6 m and has a simplified coating. The Ai 1.8/50 is a very good lens, but is quite rare on the market. The 2.8/45 pancake with CPU which was offered with the FM 3a has no good reputation.
     
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    I bought my 50, 1.4 AI, for $100 from a local guy. My take is that lenses are like every other durable good in that you can always wait for a better deal if you're patient enough. Don't settle, because your experience will be marked by your choices.

    Just keep looking and researching about equipment in your area or nearby. Eventually, you'll find one that is right for you.
     
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    As some others have mentioned, a 1.4 AI/s lens is nice. I have one on my FE2 and it is a nice combination. You can find them on eBay quite regularly. Seem to go for $100 or so.

    Joel
     
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    I've owned and used all three of the lenses you're considering, and I would go with the 50mm f/2 unless I thought I might want/need an autofocus Nikon in the future (sounds like you don't plan to go that route). The odds of an older manual focus Nikkor "breaking apart" are slim. They're built very well. Like others here, the normal lens I finally settled on is the 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor. Mine is an AIs, I picked it up for $75 from a local camera store; cosmetically, it's a beater but the glass is perfect (and this way it matches my F3, which is also quite experienced).
     
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    There wasn't a 50mm f/2 AIS, only AI were made. I have an early AI version and it is excellent.

    As a curiosity, I have a 50mm f/1.8 AIS with rubber focusing ring and a minimum distance of 0.45m and no "rabbit ears". It is part of a series only sold in Japan, but I bought it second hand in the UK!
     
  15. NZed

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    B and H photo had it for 299 during christmas. Im sure it will be on sale again soon. .

    And yes the normal 50mm 1.8 'long nose' is also an option. But it seems to be impossible to find locally.
     
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    my 50mm f/2 AI is an awesome lens and it only cost me $36. It's quite sharp and a good compact size for the FE2 (I use mine on my FM2n regularly, as well as my F3).

    I would definitely go that route if you don't want to spend a bundle. I do want to get the f/1.2 AI-s in the future though.
     
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    I love my 1.8D; I got mine new back around '06 and still use it often on my film bodies (all of which are manual focus, currently). I've even installed rabbit ears on mine so I can use it with my F2S!

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    It works beautifully on the FM/FE series. My FM2N with the 1.8D mounted will almost fit in a large coat pocket.

    For anyone who doesn't like the manual focus ring, be aware that there are many different AF varieties with different focusing rings. Mine is the latest Made in China version and I actually like the manual focusing a lot: it isn't as good as other AF-D primes of the same era, but it's better than many AF-S lenses (I promptly returned my 35/1.8G because I was horrified by the "ratchety" focusing ring). When manually focusing with the 50/1.8D, you can feel the gears, but they are very smooth and they dampen the action a tiny bit. But it boils down to personal preference--I like my focusing rings to be a little looser.

    Somebody above mentioned the short focusing throw of AF lenses, but I just did a direct comparison between the 1.8D and the 1.2 AIS and their focusing throws seem pretty close to me! I don't know what the exact degrees of rotation are. The 1.8D focuses closer than the 1.2 AIS.

    Optically, the 1.8D is very good. There doesn't seem to be any noticeable barrel distortion (the 1.2 has some). Wide open, the 1.8 is "dreamy" and pleasant--almost reminds me of the effect of Efke Aura, but not as pronounced. The lens can be easily used for macro; I often simply hold it backward in front of the camera for an easy-to-use 1:2 reproduction ratio. I've even been using it for slide copying, although I suspect a real macro lens would be better for that.

    Lastly, the 1.8D doesn't mind getting soaking wet, and the front element is recessed enough to keep the glass dry if you're careful. It also seems impossible to provoke ghosting flare.

    Ok, just say it, maybe I will marry my 1.8D! One word of warning: if you do get a 1.8, or a 2, or even a 1.4, please know that the 1.2 will never stop calling.
     
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    timely thread as yesterday i dropped my FA with my 50 1.8d on it about 4 feet. it fell right on the lens and smashed the filter. the lens got crushed into itself and now will not focus. sucks but at least it is the cheapest lens to replace.

    that aside the 1.8d is a very very sharp lens. stop down to 2.8 and mine WAS sharp all over. yes the focus is not as nice as the AI's but it works fine on my fe2 and FA. I am thinking of getting another 1.8d as i could still use it on my F5 and get matrix metering which is important for me with slide film, but would really prefer an AI for my other cameras (which work great on my D700 also).
     
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    Thanks guys

    I just bought the 50mm 1.8 Series E for 20 dollars. Really good condition too.

    I'll see if more money should be put into my film kit. As I would like to put money into my canon kit first.