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50mm f/1.8 Series E

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#1 Dallas


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 06:55

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 22:23

light and compact, it makes for a great walkaround lens if you're looking for a small and light kit. it's not multicoated like the nikkors, but images are still sharp and contrasty (i haven't tested it for flare resistance though). overall, not a bad lens, especially for the price (they used to be given away on ebay with film body).


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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:31

These are a very good little lens and what I use for difficult (hazardous to lenses) conditions.  One year my best shot (a portrait taken in a small boat at sea) was made using one of these lenses.  I always have one tucked in a corner of my camera bag, just in case it comes in handy.


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Posted 12 January 2009 - 15:38

I had one, nice little lens for street work. I sold it with my FM2n .... wish I had the camera back.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 20:51

Cute little lens. Played with it today (mounted on my D40...yes, totally manual work!). Here're a couple of shots shot @ f/1.8:

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 20:55

Second pic.

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#7 RKPhotog


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 21:18

It's a decent lens at a narrow range of apertures. I keep one around for risky business shooting. For IR work it shows a hot spot at f8 and smaller.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:52

I have one that is used with my film bodies and D300 and Da 50. As stated, nice lil lens that is sharp and light. Aways mounted on one of my cameras when I am out shooting in stereo.

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#9 HenkL


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Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:31

neat sharp lens with little distortion. I believe it has the same optics as the 50 1.8AFD. Lent it the moment to my neighbor. Not really of use to me now that I have the 50 1.4AFD.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 10:38

Nice little lens:

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 13:55

I had one of these. I found that it was rather low contrast, very susceptible to flare, even with a hood; probably due to the lack of multicoating. An old Nikkor-S.C 50mm was much better. I also didn't much like the plasticy feel. A sample backlight test below (Nikon D40, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E  with HN-7 hood @ ISO 200, f/8, 1/640s). I gave mine away.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 00:08

I'm new to the use of manual focus lenses. I currently own the AF version, but for some strange reason decided to pick up a used 50mm Series E for $40. I've been using it on both the D90 and D200. I like the series E better than the AF version, it fits my "old and slow" style of shooting. To my eyes, the series E has a warmer, richer tone. Wonderful lens. On down the line I'm planning on buying either a Oly Pen series or Sony Nex camera and I feel this lens will be a great combo.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:04

Great sharpness, zero distortion, and reasonably good bokeh!


But where it falls through compared to the 50/1.8 Nikkors, is on the contrast!

Veiling flare is so prominent that it can even be seen on the histogram! Just the daylight sky (even with the sun behind you) is enough to cast a milky veil over your entire image.


Go for the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D, which also cost next to nothing. It is multicoated and superior to the Series E, even though they have "the same optical design".

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