It depends on the camera. As I got rid of all my Nikon bodies except for an eye-level F and and eye- level F2, I prefer the 50/2 HC Nikkor. I have 1.2/1.8 and 1.4 lenses, but I do think the old HC lens is the best of the bunch. If I had a newer Nikon, I would get an AI conversion done on the 50/2 HC.