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The perfect lens

The Nikon 50 1.4 Ais represents the transition from classic to modern. 50 years of Nikon technology is here... from lens development through coatings through rugged. This lens was built for professional use. It will work on the very 1st Nikon F camera body and most every camera through a new top of the line Nikon D5. And, it will work on all the new mirrorless cameras.

It is the perfect street lens that will capture every conceivable lighting condition.

Does it have a weakness? Yes, it is manual focus and difficult to use for fast moving action shots. But then again, sometimes blur fits the moment perfectly.
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Love it

I love this lens. I can get really sharp focus, I would say noticeably more than with a "kit lens". With a wide aperture, you also get beautiful bokeh blurring of objects that aren't in focus. It takes a little practice to get used to the manual focus, but in my opinion this is worth the savings compared to buying a brand new lens. ($$$!) Very happy with purchase.Read full review...

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excellent bokeh

I loved this lens (the SC version) when I got it for its bokeh but then it was stolen. It worked well on my Canon DSLR with a glassless adapter. Ohhhh spinning the focus wheel was the ultimate stim toy -- better than any fidget cube. Now I have the AI version which I can use on both my Canon digital and my Nikon N90 film camera I acquired recently. Did I mention the focus ring is a delight to turn?Read full review...

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Original 50mm f1.4 SC

As with all vintage Nikkors, the Nikkor 50mm F1.4 in original form is as rugged as it gets, exhibiting remarkable workmanship and overall quality. It is a great though common lens for collectors - a must have. And the center area images have high resolution, though somewhat low contrast at or near full aperture. Curvature of field limits resolution toward the edges are the larger apertures. However, the original S version, such as this, is somewhat less useful as an optical instrument for general photography, than Nikon's updated 50mm F1.4 AI/AIS lens. The updated version may not have quite the build quality and ruggedness but improves image quality vis-à-vis the original 50mm F1.4 S away from the center of the field of view,Read full review...

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An excellent prime lens for the Canon 5DMII for still and video images.

This purchase was for a video film project planned by my daughter using my Canon 5DMII. It's an excellent low light lens with very shallow depth of field when used wide open so care must be taken when composing, focusing and taking the shot. It produces beautiful still & video images although I suspect that the Canon line of lenses are probably a bit sharper based on the images taken with my 24-70 mm Canon zoom (I do not have a Canon prime lens to compare). The aperture can be manually adjusted which is an advantage when making digital films with the 5DMII (there is no aperture ring on a Canon lens to allow manual adustment). It's use requires some practice with manual focus (auto focus cannot be used with older Nikon lenses) but this was understood before the purchase and cannot be considered a negative.Read full review...


a very good Nikkor normal lens

The Nikkor 50mm f1.4 S.C. lens is a very good lens. It is not considered as sharp as the 50mm f2 lens but the resolution is excellent when stopped down. The 1.4 aperture makes the lens easier to focus in low light. I use a normal lens often and use both the 50mm f2 and f1.4 Nikkor lenses with good results.Read full review...

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Stealin even though I was buyin

Got this in pristine condition. At least internally it's flawless. For a lens made back when I was starting to gain interest in photography it's a dream come true. I can't believe that I got it delivered for a total of $95.
Every now and then you hit it right. It's smooth as silk and focus is right on. Works great on D , 200,300,700 and 7100. And goes great with my Ai-s 24 2.5,105 2.0,180 2.8 and 3002.8 manual lenses. Just love older all metal Nikkor's from Japan, virtually indestructible and worth the search
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A very nice lens

I bought this lens to use on a fully manual film camera and it is a great lens for that purpose. The images are turning out lovely, with an almost painterly quality. I love the bokeh! Images are sharp and have good contrast.Read full review...

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The product is good, this specimen was dirty as expected with the price.

This lens was my "project lens". I purchased it solely for the purpose of dismantling it, cleaning it and then reassembling it again. It has already proven its value being at very good condition and at the same time, providing a valuable comparison and verification as a dirty lens. The lens itself has a fantastic tactile feedback with the focus ring and it performs very well with the M4/3 camera. Trouble at the moment is, I cannot judge the image quality for good at all as the lens is still dirty. I believe I received good value for my money, but the end result still remains to be seen. Good luck to other endeavoring with similar efforts!Read full review...


Good value

I bought an used one to try on my Olympus E-P3 M43 camera. The lens is a classical piece. Since the focus length is equivalent to 100mm on the M43 camera, it is suitable for portraits. Image quality is at the level of a prime lens. It looks good on the small camera but a little heavy. Mine is an earlier version. The newer ones should be even better. For what I paid ($80), I would think it is very much on money.Read full review...

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