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    I have owned both of these lenses, but I only have the 50/2 Nikkor-H left which is my one and only lens for my Nikon F2. Wonderful lens and as said in earlier replies very cheap, especially in the orignal non-AI form. The only thing I don't like about it is that the near limit of the focus is only 0,6 meter. I almost always want to get a little bit closer... A couple of hours to spare and a pocket full of film (HP5+ in my case), that's bliss...
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    KEH usually calls the lenses "AI" lenses. They aren't AI, of course, but AI'd lenses. But, KEH calls them AI lenses. So, be forewarned when buying lenses from KEH. If it's advertised as AI, it may not be an AI lens, but one with the factory AI ring installed.

    BTW: thanks. Glad I could help.

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    50/2 H vs 50/1.4 S

    To round things out I have three more non-macro standard focal length Nikkors. They are a 45/2.8 GN C, a late model 50/1.8 AIS which comes with no prong and an early 50/1.8 AI. Both 50s are good but the build quality and cosmetics of the early 50/1.8 are much nicer. I haven't used the GN feature on the 45 GN. I would like to find a pre-C GN with 9 aperture blades. Most of the 50/2 HC lenses I have seen seem to have dried out lubricant in the focusing mount. I don't know whether Nikon used a different lubricant between the H and the K' models. Some time around 1976 Modern Photography tested various macro lenses as well as a 50/2 Nikkor. The 50/2 Nikkor was used with the old single element Nikon close-up lenses (0,1,2) and was sharper than some of the macro lenses. My votes for the prettiest f/2 anf f/1.4 Nikkors go to the 50/2 'K' and the 50/1.4 'K' - first version.

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    I appreciate the additional comments. Where did you find these K versions? I checked both KEH and eBay and could not find a single K version.

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    50/2 H vs. 50/1.4 S

    The 'K' models were the last ones before the AI lenses. They had rubber covered focusing rings and coating at least as good as that on the C lenses. In some cases there was more than one version. The 50/1.4 'K' (1st version) seems to be the same, optically, as the 50/1.4 SC but has the rubber covered focusing ring and different cosmetics. The second version of the 50/1.4 'K' looks very much like the 50/1.4 AI but also has the pre-AI prong without the holes in it. If I can remember all of my 'K' Nikkors they are: 28/3.5, 35/2.8, 50/2 (3), 50/1.4 (1 of each version), 55/3.5 (2 or 3), 135/2.8. I think there were two 'K' versions of the 135/2.8. The first one, which I have, is as large as the 135/2.8 QC and the second one look like the smaller 135/2.8 AI. Sometimes you see a 'K' lens which has a factory AI conversion ring, making it look like an AI lens. You can check the serial numbers and other info at the nikonlinks.com website if you are not sure. The 'K' name is one used by collectors. None of these lenses is actually marked 'K'. There are also some exceptions. The 55/3.5 Micro Nikkor P has what is referred to as the RIFR (rubber inset focusing ring) but is earlier than the 55/3.5 Micro Nikkor PC or later 'K' lens.

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