Additional Information on
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai-spec lenses

 

Nikon F5A with 50mm f/1.4 standard lens in Ai spec
Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 standard lens. Nikon took the opportunity when they did the Ai-conversion and simultaneously improved its optical performance. Easily distinguished with its double rails focusing ring, colored depth of field scales on the metal lens mounting ring and the secondary ADR aperture scale. IF you intend to sue serial number to verify its version, probably it may have been started with a serial number from 394-001 onwards.

Generally, Ai Nikkor lenses are famed for their extremely well made quality where some Nikon users also maintain their opinion it is a better buy optic than a comparing Ai-S of equivalent. Well, if you are not too keen on other aspect, the Ai-Nikkor should fulfill your needs. IF you want some flexibility and better compatibility with some selective MF Nikon models (such as Nikon FG, Nikon FA, Nikon F301) that offer Program AE and/or Shutter Priority AE, seemingly the Ai-S Nikkor may be a better option. However, some reports suggested Ai Nikkor can still perform AE in those modes when stopped the aperture set to its minimum aperture. For a guide with some suggestive lens compatibility references,
try here to see what it can offer with an autofocus Nikon F5.
Nikon also offers two lens hoods, rubberized HR-1 which is foldable and a more practical metal hood, HS-9. This lens is famed for its excellent image resolution (esp. with its mid aperture settings) as well as very neutral colour rendition of skin tones. The Nikon proprietary NIC was applied to counter flare and ghosting when handle shooting in adverse light condition. One of the good standard lens produced, especially with its all metal construction which reputedly not only offer good image quality but also made to last as well.

A comparison between Nikkor, Pentax and Olumpus Zuiko 50mm standard lenses a nice view of a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens
<<<--- Here is an interesting comparison of a standard Ai 50mm f/1.4 with the likes of a Ashahi and Zuiko standard lenses. Whether domestically or on foreign market place, Nikkor lenses are often used as a "virtual" model to beat. It reflects the respectable status enjoys by this old camera/lens manufacturer among other labels.

Usually the lens would packaged with a new Nikon SLR purchased, making/forcing it one of the best seller among all Nikkor.

Nikon F2AS with a typical  Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens

Optical contruction of a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens
Optical Construction
(PDF File)

* Normal 46° picture coverage with excellent colour rendition.
* Good brightness offers with its maximum aperture at f/1.4, making easy focusing and viewing in dim light.
* One of the best all rounder for light shooting capacity on performance/price ratio.
* Also takes 52mm filters the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm during those days.
* Photographic usage include available light shooting, indoor or outdoor snapshots, landscapes, candid of people, travel, backpacking, electronic flash photography, photojournalism, and full-length portraits in the studio or on location. Best treated it as a short medium telephoto lens.

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Specifications

Focal length/Aperture: 50mm f/1.4; Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
Picture angle:
46°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/1.4 - f/16 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 0.45m (1.5 ft) to infinity (oo)

a dedicated third party lens hood for   a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 ai standard lens Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 ai standard lens mounted onto a Nikon FM3A and Soligor power winder

Weight:
255g; Dimensions: 64mm dia. x 51.5mm long (overall); 39.5mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
52mm (P = 0.75); Front lens cap: Snap-On; Lens hood: Snap-On (HS-9), rubber screw-in (HR-1 ); Lens case: CL-34A; No. 61; CP-1

Teleconverter(s): usable with TC-1 2X(based on Nikon models), TC-200, TC-201S but not advisable.

<<<--- This original Ai-Nikkor can use extensively with many old and new Nikon SLRs. Shown is a 50mm f/1.4 mounted onto a Nikon FM3A with a off label Soligor Power Winder.

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Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 standard lens.

This successor of the Nikkor 2/50mm. widely regarded as one of the best optical performer at 50mm focal length and is still popular among many photographers. As AF-D lens is still in production. For general photography and for macro/reproductions this very well corrected lens is an excellent tool. The first version (shown below with the larger image at center of this page) came on the market in January 1978, quickly followed by the redesigned version in 1980 (this version has its minimum f/stop down to f/22). The AF/version appears in 1986, slightly changed in 1990. As a surprise Nikon came with an excellent AF-D version in February 2002.

As a guide: The early version may has a startup numbering from 1760801; version two: 2050001 onwards. Reference: Peter Braczko. For more detailed info or variations, you may refer to Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

front lens element of a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens rear lens element / mount of a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens Front lens data of  a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens

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Nikon F2A with a matching  Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens

Optical construction of a  Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lensOptical Optical Construction
(PDF File)

Nice Combination of Size, Weight, Price, Maximum Aperture and Angle of View. Damn sharp, excellent value.

* Normal 46° picture coverage.; * Very compact and lightweight - only 220 grams.
* Especially recommended for close-up and macro photography using Nikon accessories.
* Easy focusing and viewing in dim light with its fairly bright maximum aperture.
* Takes 52mm filters the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm during those days.
* Photographic uses include indoor and outdoor snapshots, landscapes, candid of people, travel, backpacking, photojournalism, electronic flash photography, available light shooting and full-length portraits in the studio or on location.

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Credit
: Image courtesy of Glenn bachfan from Pittsburgh, US, whose online PORTFOLIO can be accessed at PBase. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

A nice view of a  Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens A detailed illustration view of various controls in a Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens

Credit: Image(s) displayed here are courtesy of betteroffblu/Jenny® where the EBAY STORE is also one of my favorite spot to look for great images on used photographic equipment. Image(s) copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

another lovely picture of a   Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ai standard lens
Specifications

Focal length/Aperture:
50mm f/1.8; Lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle:
46°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/1.8 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling shoe provided for non-Ai Nikon SLR cameras for stopped down or semi-auto full aperture metering (with capable models)
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 0.45m (1.5 ft) to infinity (OO)
Weight:
220g; Dimensions: 63.5mm dia. x 48mm long (overall); 37mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
52mm (P = 0.75); Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens hood:
Snap-On (MS-II ), HS-6 (metal), rubber screw-in (HR-1); Lens case: CL-34A; No. 61; CP-1
;
Teleconverter
(s): usable with
TC-1 2X (based on Nikon models); TC-200, TC-201S but not advisable.

Credit: Image at left, courtesy of "neekon" (Joe Cabebe) from Hawaii, USA. image appeared herein are Copyright © 2006 of the contributor. All rights reserved.

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http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
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