Monday, November 13, 2017

Nikkor AF 50mm F1.8 D, Take I

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Olympus E-P5, AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 D

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Nikkor AF 50mm F1.8 D, Take I

'Vintage lens on mirrorless digital camera lens test, five frames with the AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D, detailing the Purple Shamrock'

A lightweight at 155 grams, built of plastic with a metal mount, highly recommended for travel, portraits, or general photography, the 50mm AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D has the reputation of being super sharp and is a good prime lens to start your camera system with.

Olympus E-P5, AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 D

The lens itself has a long built history, starting with several manual versions since first introduced in 1978. It is a full-frame FX lens, and it works with every Nikon ever made, digital and film, auto and manual focus. It will not, however,  autofocus on low-end digitals like the D40 and D40x, or the F3.

The AF version first appeared in 1986, was slightly changed in 1990, and the AF-D version was released in February 2002, complementing the launch of the F90x (N90s in the States), which provides for the innovative distance information for metering and ambient/TTL flash exposure calculation.


Olympus E-P5, AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 D

The only gripe I had is the coarse and gritty plastic feel of the focusing ring. It has none of the legendary smoothness of a manual focus Nikkors (of the past). Though well built, the lens still felt that the lens is best left on an AF Nikon where focusing is a mechanical assist.


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