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Nikkor 50mm f/2.0 Ai and Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s Standard lenses


LV Signboard Central A signboard featuring a giant Louis Vuitton suitcase at one of the commercial buildings in Central district.
Nikon D70 , Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens by Susan Vongsiridej
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A signboard featuring a giant Louis Vuitton suitcase at one of the commercial buildings in Central district.

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Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/2.0 standard lens Along with the 50mm f/1.4, Nikon converted the 50mm f/2.0 to Ai first. It was believed that the Nikkor f/1.8 was introduced at second phase in 1978. So, it barely lasted a year or so. Despite with the update, the lens remains its compactness and lightweight design. With the added meter coupling prong, it can be used with many older Non-Ai Nikon SLRs. Similarly, the ADR feature permits direct viewing of aperture selected by users. The lens is rigid built and probably due to its affordability, many versions of this lens still surfaced on and off in popular online trading places such as Ebay. A few years after the Ai Nikkor 50mm f/2.0 was introduced, which actually being sold along with the new Ai Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 but this scenarios didn't lasted too long, soon the lens was quietly being phased out from the Nikkor lens group sales manual.

Nikkor ai 50mm f/2.0 standard lens rear lens mount view of a typical Nikkor ai 50mm f/2.0 standard lens
Its Sales Aspect:- The Best Choice for the Budget-Minded Beginner who first stepped into Nikon 35mm reflex photography

Serial number for this short duration production Nikkor standard lens of f/2.0 aperture lens could have been started from 350001.

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an old photo of a Nikon F2A with Nikkor ai 50mm f/2.0 standard lens

Optical construction for Nikkor ai 50mm f/2.0 standard lensOptical Construction
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* Normal 46° picture coverage.
* Very compact and lightweight - only 220 grams and weighs the same with the f/1.8 counterpart.
* Good alternative to Micro-Nikkor for close-up and microphotography using Nikon accessories if you are strapped with budget.
* Easy focusing and viewing in dim light.
* Takes 52mm filters the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm during those days.
* Photographic uses include indoor and outdoor snapshots, landscapes, candids of people, electronic flash photography, travel, full-length portraits in the studio or on location, travel, backpack or other general photography.

Nikkor ai 50mm f/2.0 standard lens with matching metal lens hood HS-2


Focal length/Aperture:
50mm f/2.0; Lens construction: 6 elements in 4 groups
Picture angle:
46°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/2 - 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)
220g; Dimensions: 63.5mm dia. x 53mm long (overall); 41mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
52mm (P = 0.75); Front lens cap: Snap-On; Lens hood: Snap-On metal hood (HS-6), rubber screw-in (HR-1 )
Lens case:
CL-34A; No. 61; CP-1

A creative expresssion on STILL LIFE using standard lens  by Andrea  
Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s standard lens

In a surprise marketing move, Nikon unveiled an extremely compact Nikon EM in 1979. A whole new group of lightweight, budget lenses popularly referred as Nikon Series-E lens group were being built around the cameras (followed by Nikon FG and Nikon FG20 in 1982/4). Although the camera can be custom to match with other E-Series lenses, the standard lens for the Nikon EM is a Nikon 50mm f/1.8s (NOTE:- the series E lenses carried a lens designation of a "Nikon" lens, "Nikkor" was not used). One of the main characteristic of the E 50mm f/1.8s is its purple lens coating. The Series E lenses also omitted the meter coupling prong which means there are specifically designed for newer mid to entry level range of Nikon SLRs to follow after 1979. It has a very flat and compact, lightweight (too light for comfort) design.

Still Life with a standard lens... The natural perspective and mid distance usage can be put to good use.

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Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s with AI-S spec improved version of a Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s with AI-S spec
There are two versions, the original lens has even removed the traditional metal lens mounting ring, in response to complaints by Nikon photographers, the second update of the Series E 50mm f/1.8s finally being improved with some cosmetic in a more shinny finishes, aided with the reversal of decision of an aluminum lens mounting ring (Errrr.....). Whatever it is, these lenses were aimed for mass market appeal and probably Nikon thought serious users will never had the chance to make a complaint. So, what the heck... launched !

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But I guess more or less it has to do with the likes of Canon and many third party labels who have been introducing budget, poorly designed polycarbonated outfit lenses and they posts a serious threat to Nikon in the entry level market, so, Series E optic and the ultra-compact Nikon models served to counter rivalries where during the late and early quarter of the '80 sales of SLR cameras has shown sign of deteriorating in sales. Original (shown below, far left) and improved version (center) with an improved metal mounting ring, just pay attention to the focusing ring pattern of the two versions. Further, the addition of a new meter coupling ridge as well as the orange minimum aperture on both the aperture scale as well as on the ADR aperture scales.

Nikon FG with a Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s with AI-S spec Nikon FA with Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8s with AI-S spec
Good news is, all those compact Nikon SLRs can still used with most of the Ai-Spec Nikkor lenses should you need them. Peter Braczho Handbook stated the serial number for the Series E 50mm f/1.8S could have been began with 1050011 (you can also compare it with Roland Vink data sheet on serial number. As the respective compact Nikon and Series -E lenses have their own website in MIR, you can referred there for more detailed info. Nikon Series-E lens group | Nikon Series-E 50mm f/1.8s

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Streets of Kuala Lumpur old town area near China Town
Street Photo from my car seat. One way pedestrian traffic at old town area near China Town, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

leofoo 2008

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