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AF-D Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

One of the most significant enhancements made to the Nikkor lenses during the Nikon F5 era was the addition of a distance chipset into the Nikkor lenses. This is used for information on focusing distance in exposure calculation. The immense popularity of zoom lenses has relegated the standard Nikkor lens to an almost secondary status. During the entire product cycle of the Nikon F5 that stretches from 1996 to 2004 also saw number of new features being added to the AF-Nikkor line. Other than lense coating process, the AF-S series Nikkors which replaced the early AF-I Nikkor as well as a new G-series lense type which totally eliminate the use of an aperture ring and lenses with image stabilizer technology have began as mainstream designs to enable lense technology be able to cope and maximize potential of the entire line of the new generation Nikon SLR bodies.

The revised AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D shown here, was first introduced after the F90/N90. It enables the 3D Matrix metering for more precise exposure control. The lense was redesigned as 7 elements in 5 optic groups to accommodate the changes and has a "D" designation on the lens data engraving. At 225g, It weight is slightly lighter than the predecessor despite having more lens elements and can close focus down to 1.5 ft. Aberration had been very well corrected with outstanding color rendition. This superb general purpose Nikkor classic is believed to be made in Nikon's China optical plant now and has an extremely compact sister lense, AF-Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 which incidentally had not been updated as an "AF-D" until the year 2002. It has a 6/5 optical design and is an excellent lens when using an extension ring and/or other close-focusing accessories. Like all previous Nikon-F models, the Nikkor standard lens is used as an introductory lens simply because development of both Nikkor optic & Nikon SLR camera technology in their respective product cycle are often synchronized. It just serves as a warm reminder while you are cherishing an interest in a Nikon SLR, it may require you to have latest Nikkor optic at the time to maximize its potential.

In short, it began from the AF-capable Nikon F4 onwards with the evolution of auto focus. This has drastically transformed Nikon's professional camera design. As Nikon's 5th generation single-F-digit flagship SLR model after the original Nikon F (1959), Nikon F2 (1971-1980), Nikon F3 (1980-2001) as well as the Nikon F4 (1988-1996), the mighty F5, with its much improved autofocus technology and far superior metering systems has positioned the Company back to take on the competition in a serious way again. The F5 system has very well changed the traditional methods in operating the new wave of modern AF-SLRs via its new input through the Main & Sub Command Dials. But the biggest challenge for the film-based Nikon F5 during its second half of its product cycle was the emergence of a new filmless medium called Digital Imaging which has resulted in the creation of a new series of Nikon SLR models, the Nikon D-Series Digital Still SLR cameras.

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Quick Note: The Nikon F5 site featured here was created simply because the camera has been replaced by the Nikon F6 in 2004. As there are plenty of good sites relate to this topic existed which I thought MIR should not have replicate similar resources on the network But when I check through a few links, I thought the camera should have a more complete system info compiled in orderly manner so as to archive for future references. Information compiled herein is based largely on many Nikon official published marketing materials. They has been now compiled in an orderly manner which may be good for some of you. This primary site, with many contributing raw information such as images from the many users of this Nikon classic has never been meant to compete with anyone but simply to serve those may be in need for such information along with the MF/AF Nikkor Resources website. I hope the information can be of good use to the many Nikon users worldwide. Enjoy.

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W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens barrel, they cannot adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with ALL Manual Focus or even with a selective older AF Nikon SLR camera models. But they are compatible FULLY with the Nikon F5 in all applicable metering systems and/or exposure modes. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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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: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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A resource dedicated to:- Alvin Foo & Esther Foo- one day, BOTH might need to use all these information for his/her Nikon F5A camera.

Volunteered Maintainer(s) for the Nikon F5 Message Board: Tony Davies-Patrick, UK; Rick Oleson, US; Koh Kho King, Malaysia.

Credit: Mr. Chuck Hester, US for his text re-editing skill for this site; Our staff, HowKiat® who created the 3D-Nikon F5 logo. Mr. Lew Chee Wai of YL camera for lending his F5 for me to take some shots appeared in this site. All those nice folks who have contributed their images, in particular Mr. Mike Long, Edwin leong, Palmi Einarsson, Sergio Pessolano, Fred Kamphues, Harry Eggens, Curtis Forrester, Nick (Natures Moments), Sandra Bartocha; fellow countrymen, Vincent Thian, Koh Kho King, Philip Chong, CY Leow etc. and contributions from a few nice folks from Photo Malaysia Forum. Disclaimers & acknowledgments: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work for public publishing in this website, where majority of the extracted information are used basing on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from any possible dispute except rectifying them after verification from respective source. Neither Nikon or its associates has granted any permission(s) in using their public information nor has any interest in the creation of this site. "Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" "Silent Wave", "Focus Tracking Lock-on", "Nikkor" & other applicable technical/business terms are registered trade name(s) of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple G5 IMac.