Additional Information on
Current (as at 2006) version of autofocus Nikkor lenses - AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Standard / Normal lens

 

Nikon's AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D autofocus standard/normal lens
Year introduced: 1995; current model as at 2007

The D version of the 50mm standard lens was released quite early in 1995 - in-lined with Nikon F90(X) series models that first pioneered the innovative distance information for metering and ambient/TTL flash exposure calculation. Similarly, the Nikon F5 exclusive RGB color sensor only works with the AF-D Nikkor. Until 2002 where the 50mm f/1.8D eventually was updated, there was only the 50mm f/1.4D in the AF Nikkor standard lens group to offer the distance sensor for those film/digital based Nikon SLR users to enjoy the little extra benefit. The lens can be easily distinguished from earlier version of the AF 50mm f/1.4 via a simple addition of a "D" after the 1:1.4 at the front of the lens as well as another imprint on the lens data at the lens barrel.

A nice view of a typical autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D standard lens A side detailed view of a typical autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D standard lens
Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Joshua Cohen, whose URL: jcohenphoto.com, as well as his Ebay Store have been my favorite spot. Image(s) Copyright © 2006.

The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D weighs approx. 230g, 25g lighter than a comparing non-AF Ai-Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. If you belongs to the old time photographer group, this lens may not present the rigid feel of an old Manual focus counterpart. But it was made to be an autofocus standard lens and provides all the necessary gadgets for autofocusing and metering capabilities with a modern film or digital based AF Nikon SLR camera - something that the MF Nikkor may not be able to take charge of it in system compatibility. It is easy to shoot with but NOT easy to master a normal lens as it normal view that lacks dramatic perspective often makes photography less appealing to the eventual visual because as compared with other focal length lenses, it does not project unusual characteristics into the image - it remains essentially faithful to the human vision. . However, this is exactly why some photographers prefer the use of a standard lens in achieving the status of reproducing a difference in a normal scene. So, those who always had the thought of proclaiming " .. it is not-a-favorite-of -mine.." kind of mentality could have been still struggling in their journal and/or stuck at the progress of requiring optical characteristic in a lens to express your visions in a more dramatic way. Good pictures taken with a normal 50mm lens often will make you remember, and they are hard to come by. So, investing into a standard lens now may sound strange to many people as its prime focal length is often easily overlapped by a wide to tele-zoom. Most people acknowledge the lens speed of a f/1.4 is a prime factor influencing a buying decision. If you treat it as a short telephoto - it is a poor man's AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D or a fast speed wideangle.

A portrait using a 50mm f/4.4D AF Nikkor lens by Nic Coury
Portrait? ...an available light powerful capture of professor James Cushing (A professor of English at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Califonia). (ISO 800, 1/200 at f/1.8)

Credit: Image courtesy of Nic Coury, who works as a freelance journalist / photographer where you can browse his online PORTFOLIO for other works of his Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

The relatively large aperture of f/1.4 with enhance light gathering power probably is the only reason why people opt this over the equivalent AF Nikkor f/1.8 which presents a more affordable package as well as lighter, more compact and equally deliver the kind of expectation one would conclude how good is a Nikkor prime focal length lens is. It permits a different level in versatility for available light photography- be it for indoor portrait, candid, a quick snap on a sport arena or stage photography. Naturally, when the light level improves, it extends its usage to other f-stops for more depth of field control options. Generally, like it or don't, most large aperture 50mm lenses (be it a Leica 50mm f/1.1or Contax's Carl Zeiss T* or a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM etc.), don't expect its widest aperture will be crisps sharp with mid aperture - they merely presents a solution. I have used many labels and I am still not convinced and they serves to tackle an issue rather expecting it to outperform mid aperture on image resolution test. I know this remark could sparks some offensive from others, but it remains as strictly a personal view.

Well, not to dampen your high spirit as a owner of this lens, the lens still present its best in many aspect. Generally, a 50mm lens is often treated as a reference lens in a lens label for a company's yardstick in exhibiting their best in optical design and quality. Every pro-spec single digit Nikon F model was launched since 1959 was presented with a standard lens on the camera. It shows how the 50mm standard lens always has a place on its own in the heart of the Company.

Those days, a normal lens is the cheapest lesn in a lens label but it does not apply in a modern days environment. Similarly, the AF 50mm f/1.4D is NOT the cheapest lens you can find in the Nikkor lens family now. And when you realize they are still so many photographers are still having a lens in their camera bag, it makes you wondering why too, huh ? Yeap. it provides a few logical reasons - minus the perfectionist idea in achieving a status of a normal vision photography; the lens substitute a typical zoom lens that cannot provide. Lens speed, compactness and lightweight for portability and mobility. It is essentially measures 64.5mm x 42.5mm
(2.5 in. dia. x 1.7in.) and where the hell you can find a comparing zoom with a f/1.4 at this dimension ?

Still life with a
Nikon D70 , Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens by Susan Vongsiridej
Still life with a standard lens AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D & Nikon D70 digital SLR

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


A side detailed view of the features found in a typical autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D standard lens
In relation to the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, the origin of produce raised many debates on price-over-where-it-was-made issue. As virtually all products that shipped into the US market requires to provide information on the country of produce; it appeared that there could be three versions of the lens were being made; Japan, China and may be a mix. Another issue is a weak link found on the filter thread which some claimed it was made of hard plastic instead of a traditionally steel thread for possible affecting longevity, light accidental drop and frequent change of filters which could add up to possible unnecessary repair bill(s). Well, as I have suggested, sometimes Nikon designers made funny decision (rather than stupid). Wondering just how MUCH could it has contributed to Nikon corporate revenue with such act(s). Anyway, probably Nikon assumes if Canon photographers are not complaining so much, why would you do ?

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$#*(#&%*!! Just my simple answer in a text form response. I am using a Nikon label, not Canon. So, serves us consumers with a little respect. That is all.

A creative expresssion on Macro using standard lens http://www.pbase.com/merlotadl/glance
Another warmth moment via use of standard lens at close-up...

Credit: Image courtesy of Brian Cartwright, whose online PORTFOLIO can be accessed at PBase. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
   
Macro Photography with the current Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D standard lens in conjunction 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 -

Technical Specification for AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Standard / Normal lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus/Manual focus Nikkor fixed focal lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 50mm; Maximum aperture: f/1.4; Minimum Aperture: f/16
Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups; Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Picture angle
: 46°;
31° 30' Nikon DX digital SLR format cameras (approx. 75mm)
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 0.45m (1.5') to infinity (OO)
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system

Aperture scale: f/1.4 to f/16 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Metering Coupling Prong: -none Depth of Field Scales: provided for f/11, f/16 only
Reproduction ratio: 1:6.8 maximum
Minimum aperture lock: Provided, slide switch and lock type
Lens Coating
: SIC (Nikon's Super integrated Coating)
Filter Rotation: No; Infra Index: Provided via a dot; No. of diaphragm: 7 blades
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method for Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; Distance info relaying system
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts; Attachment size: 52mm (P=0.75mm)
Dimensions: Approx. 64.5mm x 42.5mm
(2.5 in. dia. x 1.7in.)
Weight: Approx. 230g

Optical foumual  for Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D standard lens MTF chart for Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D standard lens
Supplied accessories: snap on front lens cap (52mm), rear lens cap LF-1. Optional accessories: Lens hood: HR2; Lens case CL-30S; No. 61; CP-8 or other older case; Other info: Circular polarizing filter: Usable; Circular polarizing filter II: Usable (also with dedicated Lens Hood HR-2 attached); AF-3: Usable. (2); AF-4 Usable. (4): Indicates maximum number of usable hoods (HN-36 for AF-3/HN-37 for AF-4):

Compatible teleconverters: TC-201S, TC-14AS;

Serial numbers:
AF 50/1.4 D Made in Japan 3+ 4000001 < 4000923 - 4040509 > Apr95 -
AF 50/1.4 D MADE IN CHINA or NIKON JAPAN 3+ 4500001 < 4505145 - 4637883 >
AF 50/1.4 D high serial nos 3+ 5000001 < 5001361 > >
Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

Nikon's AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D autofocus standard/normal lens
Year introduced: 02.2002; current model as at 2007

The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D was released very late in Februaty 2002 - 7 years after the AF 50mm f/1.4D. This D-sensor equipped Nikkor standard lens, like all other Nikkor D- and G-type lenses, relays subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. The version has been treated with Nikon updated high-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating which assumed to deliver outstanding optical performance in superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare. Other major features include: Built-in distance sensor in the 50mm normal lens for system compatibility on various exposure and metering functions found on modern film or digital based Nikon AF SLRs; it amplifies in an approx. 75mm focal length equivalent with DX format sensored based such as D1-series, D100 etc. digital SLR. Lightweight and compactness that fits nicely in your’ hand.

Portriat of a beast by Flavio Sganzerla, Brazil
The compactness, natural projection of perspective correspond to human vision and a fairly bright lens speed are the few major elements that keeps the lens in production. The AF-D version has a new cosmetic design with a manual focusing ring which is reverted back to simple ridge design, the ring is rubberized rather than the all plastic ring found on early version of Nikon AF Nikkor lenses found in the mid '80. Personally, despite the older N-version has a odd design but I feel the older version has a more rigid feel as compared. Well, that was NIkon decision and some may like it or they don't. But the major lens features are correspond with the prevailing development on the camera and its wide system compatibility is one sole reason that attract the users if he finds there is a need of a standard lens for his lens system built-up.
Portrait of a friendly beast..

Credit: Image courtesy of FlavioSganzerla from Brazil, whose online PORTFOLIO can be accessed at Flickers. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Nikon D2X with AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Standrd lens
Among the many basic, one of the distinctive feature offers with this lens is versatility. You can use it for virtually any applications such as grab shots, travel, candid, portraiture, family outings - indoor or out in the field because combining the moderately fast maximum aperture with the normal focal length, this can be invaluable for available light photography. The lens can also be used as an excellent supplementary optic for bellow setup over the 50mm f/1.4. The minimum f-stop of f/22 is intended for this purpose. If you wish to use the lens for such purpose, it is always recommended to stop down the aperture to its smaller numbers.

Credit: Mr Eric Chuah from Acecreatives Studio, Singapore for lending me his equipment for me to prepare some images for this site.

With the modification of other AF Nikkor lenses from S-type to AF D-type during the first quarter of the post Y2K era, the entire AF Nikkor lineup is now comprised of AF D-type and AF G-type lenses. This AF-D Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens, like all other Nikkor D- and G-type lenses, relays subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering as well as 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. For those who has mental block and may be dislike Nikon optic with a label that said "made in China" or "Thailand" that may be found in a few series on the earlier non-D version of the AF 50mm f/1.8N, this D-version could have been reverted back to "made in japan".

Mood and an early morning..
Credit: Image courtesy of Vieri John Terenzio, who maintains an online PORTFOLIO on his own. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Technical Specification for AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Standard / Normal lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus/Manual focus Nikkor fixed focal lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 50mm; Maximum aperture: f/1.8; Minimum Aperture: f/22
Lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups; Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Picture angle
: 46°;
31° 30' Nikon DX digital SLR format cameras (approx. 75mm)
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 0.45m (1.5') to infinity (OO)
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system

Nikon Autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Stadard lens Nikon Autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Stadard lens with R8 Rubber foldable lens hood Nikon Autofocus (AF) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Stadard lens with R8 Rubber Retactable lens hood

Credit: Mr Eric Chuah from Acecreatives Studio, Singapore for lending me his equipment for me to prepare some images for this site.

Aperture scale: f/1.8 to f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Metering Coupling Prong: -none Depth of Field Scales: provided for f/11, f/22 only
Reproduction ratio: 1:6.6 maximum
Minimum aperture lock: Provided, slide switch and lock type
Lens Coating
: SIC (Nikon's Super integrated Coating)
Filter Rotation: No; Infra Index: Provided via a dot; No. of diaphragm: 7 blades
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method for Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; Distance info relaying system
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts; Attachment size: 52mm (P=0.75mm)
Dimensions: Approx. 63mm x 39mm
(2.5 in. dia. x 1.5 in.)
Weight: Approx. 155g
(5.5 oz.)

A good illustrative view of typical autofocus Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D standard lens ny Brian Nice image of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D captured by Brian Cartwright  for this site

Optical construction for Nikkor autofocus 50mm f/1.8D telephoto lens MTF chart for AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D telephoto lens
Supplied accessories: snap on front lens cap (52mm), rear lens cap LF-1. Optional accessories: Lens hood: HR2; Lens case CL-30S; No. 61; CP-8 or other older case; Other info: Circular polarizing filter: Usable; Circular polarizing filter II: Usable (also with dedicated Lens Hood HR-2 attached); AF-3: Usable. (2); AF-4 Usable. (4): Indicates maximum number of usable hoods (HN-36 for AF-3/HN-37 for AF-4):

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D rear view with metal lens mount AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D standard lens / normal lens
<<<--- Except for the metal rear lens mount, the overall presence of plastic is still evident.

Usable teleconverters:
TC-201S, TC-14AS; Serial numbers: 200001 < 208064 - 405286 > > Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.


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