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50mm f/1.4 non-AI Nikkor

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Poll: 50mm f/1.4 non-AI Nikkor (3 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Admin



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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:38

The objective of this thread is to gather the opinions of our members on the lens in the title as well as provide a poll for opinion reference.

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#2 Dave Rosser

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:10

My copy of this lens was AI'd back in the 70's but it is pre-AI vintage in every other way. I have always been happy with this lens (along with my 55mm f/3.5 and 105mm f/2.5 SONAR construction it is the only one I have held onto since buying new in the 60s/70s) but overall opticaly it is slightly inferior to new G 50mm/1.4. The quality of construction and manual focus are markedly superior to modern Nikkors.

#3 John Laughlin

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:42

Have a 1969 vintage Nikkor-S version that has been factory AI'd. F/1.4 is soft. Gets better by f/2. By f/2.8, it's a very nice lens. I tend to prefer the single coated version over the SC version sold in the early '70s. Noticed a lack of contrast and an odd greenish cast with the multicoated glass, which seemed to go away with the compact 50/1.4 version that became the AI/AIS versions. Not sure why that is, but have seen another person on the APUG forums mention the same thing. So far, since 2005, I've owned about eight copies of the Nikkor-S version, a couple SC versions, one compact non-AI, and five or six AI versions.

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