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    Nikon Nikkor 50mm for SLR

    I'm looking for a cheap-ish, user to ugly condition (glass must be excellent) cosmetics are fine.

    Send me what you have...50/1.4 preferred but 50/1.8 is fine. Manual focus only due to costs.

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    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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    If you can live without f/1.4, the f/1.8 and f/2 Nikkors are the sharpest 50s Nikon makes. The 50/2 in particular is a real sleeper of a lens.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    I concur, f2 is a real sharp lens. I have all 3 and unless I really need 1.4, the f2 is the one I carry in my bag.

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    It's actually for a buddy of mine, he's looking to do the sharp eyes / blurry nose / blurry ears sort of thing, but I'll pass on the recommendations and see what he thinks.

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    The series E is an ok lens & AIs.

    The early ones are well ugly and have a narrow focus ring later are as nice as the late AIs

    It is difficult to add the rabbits ears for aperture ring coupling to early meters as the aperture ring is narrow the follower will cover the ring values.

    They may need more heliciod grease, as may any early nikkors.

    Tis said they are better built than modern lenses...

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    I've been posting this one for a couple weeks. It's a 50mm 1.8 AI-S. It's a nice, very low profile lens. Pretty sharp, narrow DOF as one would expect from a 1.8. I would be open to trade something interesting too. Maybe some 120 film?

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum379/...ml#post1609917

    Here are a couple of shots ive taken with it -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phungin...o/12226167136/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phungin...o/11145306794/

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    Thanks again to all for your links and recommendations, I just talked with my Nikon shooting friend and he's all over the board: maybe swapping to Canon, maybe getting a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for a more modern look, maybe lying down for a nap.

    I'll have to put this on pause until he knows what he wants.

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    If your friend is indecisive, I definitely would go for a Nikon E lens.

    No reason to spend any more than necessary.

    And the f/1.8 or f2.0 lens is a better deal and should save them a good bit of money over an f/1.4 lens - notwithstanding the good deals that can be found on lenses.

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    Closing this until he decides what he wants.

    Thanks once again to all for your offers and assistance.



 

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