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    Which Nikkor 50 Do You Prefer?

    I know this subject has been tossed around here (even I have discussed it), but I am having a difficult time recalling some very informative opinions that were expressed here. Anyway, I do not mind using pre-AI lenses (I love their bulid quality), and AI lenses are fine, too. I tend to like a 50 that shows little or no distortion and that displays a good color range. I have used the Nippon Kogaku S 50/2, the pre-AI K 50/1.4, and the 50/1.8 AIS. Ultimately, speed is not of the essence, and so an F/2 lens is usually fine for most of my applications.

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    I like the most: 50mm f1.8 AF D and micro nikkor 55 f3.5.

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    Early 50mm f/1.8 AI, with the longer barrel, not the smaller-barrel Nikkor lens that looks just like the Series E. The 50mm f/2 is also excellent.

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    I've tried most of them and in my personal opinion the 50/1.8Ais is the best one together with 55/3.5 (which one you choose depends on your style for the day).
    There are however a lot of good 50mm Nikkor lenses.

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    I use my 55 3.5 micro the most, however I have a 55 1.2, a few flavors of 1.4 from early to late and a 1.8E and they're all good. From an image quality standpoint, however, I miss my 2.0 that I had years ago. About as resistant to flare and sharp as a tack, good combo if you don't need the speed.

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    As others have stated. Long nose Ai 1.8 is my pick for overall, but the S.C. 1.4 has nice color character and the H.C.f2 is excellent as well in color, plus works very well close up. If you just want one get the F2 or otherwise follow the above advice and get the 1.8 and the 3.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epatsellis View Post
    I use my 55 3.5 micro the most, however I have a 55 1.2, a few flavors of 1.4 from early to late and a 1.8E and they're all good. From an image quality standpoint, however, I miss my 2.0 that I had years ago. About as resistant to flare and sharp as a tack, good combo if you don't need the speed.
    Agreed on the 50/2.0 AI. If you can find this in good condition, buy it. I think it is the sharpest 50 Nikon has ever made, and what you give up in terms of speed is very small. How often do you shoot in 1.8 or 1.4 anyway?

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    I agree with Shawn. This lens is claimed to have a flatter focus field than the later 1.8 variants.

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    50mm f1.8 AF. Mine is without the D. I don't care that it's so plasticky-Chinesey, it is dirt-cheap and SUPER SHARP. I remember years ago in Europe I got a decent-sized print made of a frame done with this lens at a very good B&W lab. On picking it up I took the print out to look. The printer was looking over my shoulder and said more to himself 'Ah oui, Leica'.... I turned to him and said 'Mais non monsieur, it was a Nikon'. He really didn't believe me. I don't use it as much as I probably should, even though I do believe in the worth of 'exercising' with a 50mm every so often.

    PS - This is a while ago now, but for what it's worth, the shot was taken inside a lovely old cafe and was very likely wide open, yet it was still sharp sharp sharp sharp SHARP! If I was in front of my own computer right now I'd attach the pic. I'll see what I can do about that in 10 hours if I remember.
    Last edited by gamincurieux; 03-02-2010 at 06:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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