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    Nikkor Non-AI 50/2 H vs. Non-AI 50/1.4 S

    I currently have the Nikkor non-AI 50/2 H, but I have not gotten back any results from it yet. How does its faster cousin, the 50/1.4 S, compare? I do not need the extra speed, and so my question is in regard to image quality (resolution, sharpness, bokeh, etc.). Also, I gather the 50/1.4 S is not a radioactive lens (i.e. no thorium, etc.), but please correct me if I am wrong about this.

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    Hi,

    I have the 50mm HC f/2 and love it, a direct comparison with the fabulous 1.4 I can't make, as I don't own one (unfortunately). But one thing I can tell, put some good money on the side, that optic is expensive, yet worth every penny some say.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kor/index1.htm

    Browse through all of the 10 parts of the article, it's a good one.


    Have fun reading!

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    50/2 Non-AI vs. 50/1.4 Non-AI

    I have a 50/1.4 pointy prong Nikkor-S, a 50/1.4 round prong Nikkor-S, a 50/1.4 SC, a 50/1.4 'K' and a 50/1.4 2nd version K. Of the slower lenses I have two 50/2 H, two 50/2 HC, and three 50/2 'K' lenses. If you need more speed then get the f/1.4 lens. If you don't need the speed a 50/2 is fine. Any of these lenses from the HC/SC on have excellent coating. I also have a 50/2 AI, a 50/1.4 AI and a 50/1.4 AIS. I would say that the 50/1.4 Nikkors up to and including the first 'K' model are somewhat sharper closed down while the ones from the second 'K' model on are somewhat sharper at or near wide open. The 50/2 lenses from the H model on are all very good wide open or closed down. The 50/1.4 Nikkor I have used the most is a pointy prong S.

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    I appreciate the detailed information, dynachrome.

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    I've owned an -H /2 and an -S 1.4 and I found the /2 to be as good or better than the 1.4 (except at f/2.8 or wider, roughly).

    The good news is that these lenses are dirt cheap so owning both is not crazy.
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    Dynachrome, I have nearly the same lineup, but a few more SC and S 1.4 as well as a few 1.8 thrown in the mix, and my results mirror yours, especially the wide open sharpness of the early vs later K. Nikon Ai'd late K is my favorite for wide open style shooting.

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    The 50f2-H has better bokeh than the 50f1.4. In my experience, though, the harsh out-of-focus highlights haven't been too bad with all the 50f1.4's I've owned. I have discovered, however, that the SC version of the 50f1.4 is less contrasty than the S version and later 50f1.4's with the NIC coatings. My current normal lens is a 50f1.4 Nikkor-S NPK version with the pointy prong and the factory AI conversion ring (yes, I don't have the AI prong on there - just doesn't look right on formerly non-AI lenses). Got it with a broken filter for $51.00 off eBait. Another $8.00, and filter was removed by Doug @ Camera Clinic.

    I do eventually plan to get another 50f2 Nikkor-H with AI ring, but, probably not for a while, now that I have added both a 20f3.5 Nikkor-UD and a 28f3.5 Nikkor-H (a lens that I need to find an AI ring for - the 20 already has one on it).

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    I will probably add a NPK 50/1.4 S. Is this lens radioactive (i.e. thoriated)? I do not think it is, but I just thought I would ask. It is a bit hard to tell (in photos) if the glass has the yellowish cast or not.

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    Nah, it isn't. Single coated glass. It does have a brownish tint to it. If you can swing it, get one that has the AI ring on it. Then it will mount on just about any Nikon F mount body.



    Hard to tell, but you can see a little brown in the glass on the lens. BTW: that's the Nikon F that I got for $50 with working FTn finder. Only issue it has, is that the frame counter is off by one frame.

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    John,

    What a beautiful camera. I thank you for the image and the information. I usually buy my lenses from KEH. Is there any way I could identify the one with the AI ring in their descrptions?

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