AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
The standard Nikkor lenses that appeared during this period have evolved in two forms. First the emergence of zoom lenses has eroded its popularity and the universal term of "standard lens" was replaced with a new popular term "standard zoom". Next, virtually all the lenses appearing during the second half of the 1980's are of the auto focus type. Gone is the traditional helicoid focusing and now the data communication is via electronic circuitry. The early AF-Nikkor standard lenses are comprised of both 50 mm f/1.4 and f/1.8. The lens with a slower lens speed of f/1.8 shown at left was the second version with improved cosmetic and lens handling characteristic. It is an affordable AF-Nikkor that combines the ease of auto focus operation with advanced Nikon optics. It weighs merely 5.1oz. and with a length measures 1.1". Aberration had been well corrected to negligible level with outstanding color rendition. Although it is less appealing as an all round start up lens. This superb general purpose Nikkor lens is still a very good close-up performer when used with other close-up attachments and accessories. The auto focus evolution has transformed Nikon's professional camera design as well. Nikon Corporation introduced the Nikon F4 in 1988 - its 4th generation F-series flagship camera model after the original Nikon F (1959), Nikon F2 (1971-1980) and Nikon F3 (1980-2001). The F4 spearheaded a new generation of operational ease and functionality in camera design on their subsequent professional camera models. Perhaps, photography will never be the same after the evolution of auto focus.
This is a long pending project, dedicated to all the Nikon fans worldwide. It is based largely on many Nikon official publications. This information has been compiled in an orderly fashion that stretches across a product cycle of almost 8 years while also witnessing some important changes and developments in the market. This primary site, with many contributing raw information such as images and some input from users has never been meant to compete but simply to serve those in need along with the MF Nikkor Resources website. I hope that this provides a wealth of information to many Nikon users. Enjoy.
As a matter of record, this Nikon F4 web project is made up of 1,856 items (HTML, Jpegs, Gifs, PDFs etc..) and has a folder size of 35.3 MB.
Classic SLRs Series :
The Camera - Background & Summary
Basic Features | Focusing | Metering
Exposure Control | Reliability Issues
Old/New Nikkor lense Compatibility
Prisms/Finders - Index page - 3 parts
Power Sources: Index page - 3 parts
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Flash System - Index Page - 3 parts
F4 Variations & System Accessories:
| Remote Control | Eyepiece | Cases | Miscellaneous
Main Reference Map
Instruction Manual: PDF (4.5M) - External Link
A few copyright-free decorative wallpapers
The Eyes of Nikon
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Update: Images of Nikon F4 Press uploaded.
Download an Explosive View ( 1.6MB Stuffit compressed file) of various major components made up a Nikon F4: Courtesy of NIKS (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Site update: Form the Nikon F4 Message Board, I have picked up some version history from the FAQ by users, click here to see some change occoured during th entire span of Nikon F4 era. "...Tim Jagielski (email@example.com) For a listing of production changes to the F4 by serial number his site may be helpful: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/j/jnwall/html/f4faq.htm#Purchase See section 14.1, you'll have to scroll past some material that will be pretty basic for you, however, section 14.1 gives a few references to production modifications / upgrades to during F4 production from various sources. I'm beginning to approach the same aging eyesight issue as you. It seems that the F4's focus confirmation function with manual lenses may help me fool myself for a while longer. BTW, thanks for your work on the F3 site. I've appreciated your insights since I found the link a few years ago....".
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Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm
Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E
Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
About this photographic site.
W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the
lense, they cannot adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).
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