Additional Information on
Nikkor 50mm lenses - Early 50mm Autofocus lenses

 


Introduction

Nikon switched to autofocus in 1986. Both the AF Nikkor 50mm (and the rest of the remaining autofocus lenses as a whole - except for the AF-Nikkor 300mm f/2.8s) had a new facelift. As the primary objective of the lenses were on autofocusing, it was a radical change from the traditional appearance of manual focus lenses that we are so accustomed to. Generally, it has a small window to display the focus range, the meter coupling prong was removed and a tiny knob that can be twisted and lock the minimum aperture to minimize human error on lens setting (Nikon's previous way on lens operation for Program and Shutter Priority AE with manual focus SLRs). When you wish to switch to Aperture Priority AE or manual selection of aperture , you have to release the mechanism. Prior to the development of this site, I have create a page to feature these early batch of autofocus Nikkor lenses, you can CLICK HERE to access that site fro some brief info.

A web link to early version of Nikon autofocus lenses
I guess as a user we can coup with changes in the industry. But what Nikon has to offer to consumers seriously deserve a little criticism. Overall, virtually all the Nikkor lenses were lighter than the Manual Focus counterparts which have built a fine reputation in, not only optical resolutions but also in designs to aid the photographers and more importantly, built quality as well. The built quality factor is essentially one key supplementary factor to the optical performance why are we using original Nikkor lenses for our Nikon.

A well used condition of a Heavily used Nikon F501/N2020 autofocus SLR camera with an early Nikkor autofocus 50mm standard lens
So, when the early series of AF-Nikkor were finally being introduced to the market with the Nikon F501/N2020, all we witnessed were quite different from what we thought it was supposed to be. Well, probably the AF-driven Nikon F3AF and its two fine AF-Nikkor 80mm f/2.8s and AF Nikkor 200mm f/3.5 ED which debut earlier back in 1983/4 had us convinced the much anticipated AF Nikkor lenses to be would be of similar quality and appearance No. I wouldn't say what finally witnessed with the final products suck because bad exterior doesn't mean they are not good optic.

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But you can't deny the fact that they were disappointing. OTHER THAN super telephoto lenses - I am not sure where the hell those Nikon guys relates lightweight is a BIG selling point for Nikkor lenses. Neither I am convinced this particular sale element will lure in the likes of Canon, Minolta or Pentax folks switching to Nikon 35mm SLR system. In general, given a lens of almost similar design and specification, a big reduction to achieve a state of lightweight in a precision optical instrument simply has a strong relationship with cost of production.

Early Autofocus Nikkor lens 80mm for Nikon F3AF Early autofocus 50mm f/1.4 version
Shown at far left was the highly acclaimed AF Nikkor 80mm f/2.8s delivered with the Nikon F3AF in 1983. The photo at left is a AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s introduced 2 years later in 1985. Changed are the focusing ring, easy references on a colored depth of field scales, meter coupling prong and most of ALL - the quality element that was truly disturbing...

colourful depth of field scales on AF Nikkor lenses for Nikon F3AF
NOTE:- You can safely assume ALL the AF Nikkor lenses produced during this time are Ai-S native. The picture at left shows the coloured depth of field scales used for the AF Nikkor on the NikonF3 AF camera, which missed in the current AF lenses. And it was generously provided for other apertures (more important). Other information on F3AF Nikkor lenses Part One : Part Two

But in actual fact, take an example of the first version of a 210g Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s - when you compare the weight factor of AF with the manual focus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s which weighs 250g - there was a reduction of 40g. Although I wouldn't entirely think there are corners cut here and there in parts and supplies but admittedly autofocus lenses would have a lesser mechanical parts internally as compare to a manual focus lens. Minus the optical factor, I am not sure if the rest of you can live with a few extra ten grams in exchange for a better presentation in a new Nikkor lens design but personally, I stayed away. I think the early series of Nikkor were badly design in its appearance, the choice of material used is another issue, I think. Generally, what we see in an AF-Nikkor now was having a very strong plastic and hence projecting a very flimsy feel - this factor alone probably has killed its appeal to old timer like me. Besides, the single-row, narrow focusing ring which seemed to me was just a molded plastic ring Nikon did patched the area at later stage). Overall, the change was rather too "dramatic" to previous manual focus Nikon system users, I guess. But whatever it is, those are history now. Below are a few versions presented as your reference.

A creative expresssion on Macro using standard lens http://www.pbase.com/merlotadl/glance
Excellent creative use via a standard lens for close-up...

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Macro Photography with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 standard lens with a Hoya filter lens attachment The Nikkor 50mm (f/1.8) D lens is famous for its sharpness and general application as a 'walkabout' lens, and yet considering its low cost is extremely good value for money. For those on a tight budget but wishing to try macro photography, this lens offers further useful options when combined with screw-on filter lenses such those marketed by Hoya. The following image(s) were captured using a 4-diopter filter lens. - Brian -


Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s MK1 standard lens

So, the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s as shown on the first autofocus professional class single digit-F Nikon F4 below perhaps may provide some clue why the early AF Nikkor have such an appearance While the lens type in such an outfit may look good on the Nikon F4 with a very modern, rounded body contour, perhaps it was one of the reasons that some guys at Nikon designing team concluded the Nikkor should also be given a new dressing to supplement all the new autofocus Nikon bodies. Well, I am opened to such concept if ever it has but admittedly, if this was really true, then the decision was not entirely done in a very well manner then.

Nikon F4s with an Autofocus 50mm f/1.4s standard lens
IF I used Ebay sale of Nikkor lenses as a yardstick, I would assume the first version of the AF Nikkor 50m f/1.4s in this appearance may not be selling too well (I have waited for a while in search of this particular model, the comparing AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s featured below does surfaced very frequently). The issue could be of a few possible reasons: Until the professional Nikon F4 was introduced, many Nikon users were still skeptical to jump onto the autofocus bandwagon; next - it was very unlikely based on prevailing trend during that time to select a standard lens as your startup optic as popularity of zoom lenses began to take command. For seasoned photographer, who may already owned a previous, similar lens type didn't see the any immediate benefit of switching to autofocus standard lens immediately. Well, the lens was not entirely offer very cheap in by Nikon. Lastly, complaint and independent reviews could have felt the same thing I felt. In fact, partly due to this I have not denoted anything to corporate profit to Nikon for a span of 10 years because I didn't enjoyed what I saw despite that fact that I was given a prerelease Nikon F4 model to test drive back in 1988.

The original lens was introduced in 09.1986, weighs approx. 210g. Measuring just 41mm in length (1.6"). Featuring an aperture range of f/1.4 to f/16 (could have been better for a f/22); depth of field scales only limits to a less practical 2-stops range at f/11 and f/16 only and omitting the wonderfully colorful display as well as other f-stops). The coupling prong has been removed which would present some problems using with older Non-Ai Nikon models. An aperture lock (Early AF Nikkor were using a twisted knob) is provided to avoid accidental switching the aperture to other settings if operated in Program and Shutter Priority AE modes. The front has the lens data as simple as it could with only "AF NIKKOR 50mm 1:1.4 printed and at the side, it repeats with a Nikon logo. The filter thread remains as 52mm so, you can still use the many filter accessories bought during the earlier era. The distance scale provided in metres and feet (in yellow), hidden is a plastic window to let photographer sees the rotating scales while focuses.

an early version of Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s standard lens rear section view of a Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s standard lens
The window display is not as rigid as you think it should be, I have seen many (including two of mine) cracked. The focusing ring is very fragile, the light and loose feel may appeal to some to termed it as "easy to focus", but all these help to present the lens in its overall presentation was a very fragile feel. Optically, some Nikon die hard kept saying it was "optically, the BEST designed Nikkor 50mm todate" - while I appreciate the high spirit as a Nikon fan, but I can bet with you they must have never owned such a lens at all...

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So, it boils down to the lens structure and optically what have been improved upon. The AF Nikkor of this version still employs the classic 7 elements in 6 groups design found on the older MF Nikkor equivalent. The closest focusing distance is also the same with MF Nikkor counterpart, at 45.5mm (1.5 ft). Although I am not sure if the older lens hood still works (Should be) but Nikon brought along a new HS-9 lens hood specifically designed for this lens to use. Despite the numerous complaints by Nikon photographers, Nikon didn't seemed to react swiftly, it was not until 1991 that we finally saw an improvement done to this first generation of AF Nikkor 50mm lens. However, guess what ? Optically is still the same. They just replaced the much criticized manual focusing ring, that was all and also suggested to users to revert back to use HR2 lens hood. As a native Ai-S in nature, the AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s can be used freely with MF Nikon models that incorporated with Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE mode.

An absolute STILL moment captured by a standard lens  by Wes Kawachi  http://www.pbase.com/davballguy
An absolute STILL moment captured by a standard lens by a standard lens.

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Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s MK II standard lens

Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4N standard lens version II rear section of a typical Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4N standard lens version II
The version two (for easier reference, I just called it as Mark II) of the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s somehow has a darker finishes on the exterior materials used which actually helps a great deal in interrelating it to the strong plastic feel.

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Noticeably, the double rolls customary Nikon manual focusing ring design was back in this version. But you may also notice the slide-minimum aperture lock used as compared to the twisted knob used on the first version. Lastly, the distance scale is painted in a brighter yellow now.
Optically, the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s N or Mk II version adopted the same formula with the earlier lens. It was sold from 1990 to probably 1995. Most of the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s sold at online trading places like Ebay and Yahoo etc. are of this improved version. Generally, the improved appearance of this AF 50mm f/1.4s has restored some confidence of Nikon photographers.

Specifications:

Focal length: 50mm; Maximum aperture: 1: 1.4
Lens Type: Autofocus and manual focus possible, native Ai-S
Lens construction: 7 elements i n 6 groups
Picture angle: 46°
Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity (
OO) via open window on lens barrel
Exposure Measurement:
Via full aperture method with AI Nikon cameras via meter coupling ridge. Nikon doesn't encourage the lens with Non-Ai Nikon models.
Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16
Maximum Reproduction ratio: no info; Aperture diaphragm: Fully automatic
Attachment size: 52mm; Filter: 52mm screw-in
Dimensions: no info; 41mm
extension from lens flange ; Weight: 210g
Lens hood: HS-9 metal Snap-On type metal hood; HR-2 rubber hood
Lens case: CL-30s, CL-31S, No. 61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic. Usable teleconverter:
TC-201S, TC-14A;
NOTE
: The lens will not autofocus after attachment with a TC-Converter. besides, they will decrease the working f/stop by one stop for TC-14A and two f-stops for TC-201s.

Others
: This version of the AF 50/1.4s may has been carried with a starting number of
2000001 < 2004890 - 2077229 > for the plastic manual focus ring version; rubber focus, slide aperture lock version may has a starting serial number from 3000001 < 30026xx - 3064331 >. Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

A creative expresssion on sense of movement by a standard lens  by Wes Kawachi  http://www.pbase.com/davballguy
A differing usage of a slow shutter speed with fill-flash to portay sense of movement by a standard lens. Taken with a Nikon D70 digital SLR

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Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s Original version (MK I) standard lens

Surprisingly, this early version of the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s sold quite well in numbers those days. I guess that could be summarized into few reasons. Firstly, the Ai-S MF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s was a disappointment as a whole. When some of the Nikon faithful who who might have jumped onto the Autofocus streak couldn't be seriously in taking up AF* if they ever owned one of those excellently made Nikon SLR camera those days. It has been a long spell since the last version of the Ai-S Nikkor being introduced, the numbers may piled up if ever someone wanted to buy a standard lens and actually, the AF Nikkor was the cheapest optic in the early Nikkor lens line up. First time buyer of an AF Nikon SLR camera would be offered either the more expensive AF Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3~4.5s zoom or the standard lens of this 50mm f/1.8 as a companion startup lens. For those who may be first time viewing through on one of those entry or mid range Nikon Autofocus SLR such as the F501, F401, F601 etc. it can be a different experience comparing a dimly lit viewfinder image with a far brighter image projection by a referring AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s. I guess affordability is the key to its popularity. Further, those who may have been waited for a better standard lens for their money sees no difference in the MF 50/1.8s and the AF counterpart, so ? Naturally, you will just shoot for the AF lens which may provide a migration path should one day he turns autofocus. * Note:- The said device earlier which works with many manual focus lenses to autofocus, AF TC-16A converter was quite popular and when use with this lens, it will amplify the focal length by 1.6X (at the expense of loss loss of approx. 1 stop).

a nice front detailed view of an early first generation  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s standard lens version II
Similarly, the early AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s carries itself with many common features found on the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s discussed earlier. Except for two things it excels - a f/22 minimum aperture for expanded depth of field control (this lens, like the MF 50/f1.8(s), is an excellent alternative to Micro Nikkor for Bellow attachment as well as using it reversibly via BR-2 reverse ring), hence, the f/22 will come in handy for stopping down to gain extended DOF. The plastic manual focusing ring was still the most discussed issue among users of this version. The mechanical spring, twisted aperture lock is no another unique feature of this early version and also presents a good identification method from later models. Optically, this lens employs with a six elements in five group design - almost use extensively for many years previously during the manual focus Nikkor days.

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A creative expresssion  by Lisa Feuer
Walmart, Slaisbury MD

I saw this at Walmart at the town where we stayed while away. I thought it represented the festivness of Fall and the couple days after Halloween.
Nikon D70 ,Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF...

- Lisa-


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Close focusing ability is the same with the second version of the MF Nikkor Ai-S lens as well, which stands at 45mm (approx. 1.5 ft.). You may also notice the depth of field scale being added with a f/22 long with the f/11 and f/16 which is handy for photographers to perform of visual check on the preselected aperture value. Naturally, I would prefer it to be included with mid aperture or even a slightly larger value such as f/4.0 but Nikon has been deaf with voices for many years on this specific issue, so, don't expect surprises anymore from them.

a side view of an early first generation  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s standard lens version II
Basically, although I like Nikkor lenses in general but I would be a fool to named it as a Nikkor classic. All I can conclude with this lens is - like any other Nikkor standard lens, it is truly a very versatile optic for all round general photography. With its above average optical performance that couples with affordability, it has endeared it to a wide range of Nikon users. It could have been doing some research and feedback from users prior to improvement over its built quality as well as well the stupidly designed manual focusing ring as an entry lens fro Nikon 35mm system during that time, but seemingly many users don't bother at all and took whatever Nikon can offer. Well, I don't intend to imply this is a bad optical lens, but simply uses this to remind its creator don't ride on consumers freely in the future, that is all.

Some may complaint its noise level during autofocusing, but it is not that bad as you thought it is the case. Recently, I have tried out this version, all I can say is, not bad, not bad...

First generation of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s Standard lens front lens view First generation of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s Standard lens rear metal lens mount
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Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s N (improved version, MK II) standard lens

The next facelift (not entirely treated as an upgrade) of the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s was introduced in 1991 (yes, almost at the same time with the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s MK II; actually, I have seen a Nikkor lens catalogue shown the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s MK II first while the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s was still being published with the older version). Similarly, the most noticeable change in this version was the dual rows rubberized manual focusing ring. I thought it would be better by three rows but as this is essentially designed as an autofocus priority lens and manual focusing is just treated as secondary feature, so, just have to bite / swallow whatever I need to grumble more about. hehe .. Optically, the lens still uses the same formula with the previous original version. Others are almost the same too (close focus capability etc.). However, the minimum aperture lock has changed to the new slide switch from the press/twisted knob. The change is not significant, so, don't bother with it.


a nice front detailed view of an early first generation  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II a nice front detailed view of an early first generation  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II
Another added onto the side of the lens barrel is a lens's mounting assistance post first used by the pin-sized MF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s which serves as a convenient feature for mounting the lens in the dark (With the post facing up, simply push the back of the lens against the camera body's lens mounting flange, then twist the lens counterclockwise until it clicks into place).
A scenic location by Glenn bachfan@pbase
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Although to some people that is not much of a difference, but the improved appearance of this AF 50mm f/1.8s has, one way or another, definitely help to restore some user's confidence on these series of Nikkor autofocus lenses. Although we strongly believe they can be much better which only realized later when the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, but just like an investment of an automobile, a scanner, a computer or any others, i.e. once we have been locked into a particular brand name, you have to buy the original accessories; if it has some issues you either choose to file a complaint and see if it can be rectified, or else, you just buy alternative that works - it is just that simple. I wonder if Nikon ever thought of that of a consumer's mentality.


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Specifications:

Focal length: 50mm; Maximum aperture: 1: 1.8
Lens Type: Autofocus and manual focus, Ai-S
Lens construction: 6 elements i n 5 groups
Picture angle: 46°
Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity (
OO) via open window on lens barrel
Exposure Measurement:
Via full aperture method with AI Nikon cameras via meter coupling ridge. Nikon doesn't encourage the lens with Non-Ai Nikon models.
Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16
Maximum Reproduction ratio: no info; Aperture diaphragm: Fully automatic
Attachment size: 52mm; Filter: 52mm screw-in
Dimensions: 63mm x 39mm ; Weight: 156g
Lens hood: HS-9 metal Snap-On type metal hood; HR-2 rubber hood
Lens case: CL-30s, CL-31S, No. 61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic. Usable teleconverter:
TC-201S, TC-14A;
NOTE
: The lens will not autofocus after attachment with a TC-Converter. besides, they will decrease the working f/stop by one stop for TC-14A and two f-stops for TC-201s.

front lens element of a typical  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II rear lens element of a typical  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II side detailed view of a typical  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II

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front lens element of a typical  Nikon Autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8N standard lens version II

Optical contruction for AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
MTF for AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Others: This version of the AF 50/1.8s may has been carried with a starting number of :

AF 50/1.8 plastic focus, twist aperture lock 3+ 2000001 < 2007637 - 2082928 > Sep86 -
AF 50/1.8 high serial nos 3+ 3000001 < 3003866 - 3222873 > - 1990

AF 50/1.8 New rubber focus, slide aperture lock, MIJ 3+ 4000001 < 4015056 - 4287864 > Jan90 -
AF 50/1.8 New MADE IN CHINA or NIKON JAPAN 3+ 4500001? < 4519739 - 4596655 > - Nov01
reference:- Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

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A power ful Portrait with standard lens
Powerful portrait with another creative use of a standard lens ..

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" ... No one would sit for me tonight ó except for Badger and he only did it cos he had his eye on a rawhide chew! White sheet for a background and Nikon SB600 bounced off a collapsible reflector. I quite fancy making some different backdrops and buying some halogen lights. Been going to get some for some time but as yet not taken the plunge! Itíll soon be the Focus on Imaging show down at the NEC in Birmingham (end of Feb.) so may get to have a look at some whilst down there? Next I have to persuade someone to sit under them !!..." Nikon D70 ,Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF - John Richardson -

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Credit: To all the good people who has contributed their own experience, resources or those who are kind enough granting us permission to use their images appeared in this site Note:certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures, sales manuals or publications published by Nikon over the years and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their work for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for may discrepancies arise from such dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple IMac.