Which 50mm f1.8 MF Nikkor?

Started May 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
arachnophilia Veteran Member • Posts: 3,362
Re: Which 50mm f1.8 MF Nikkor?
Is there a "model" that is sharper than the rest? Are there different optical designs among the AiS? Is AiS better than Ai? And is Series E something to be avoided, relatively speaking?

the AI and AIs first version are the sharpest. these will be easy to identify, because they are physically longer than the rest. they have two rows of grip on the focus ring, instead of just one.

all told there were about half dozen different versions of the AIs alone. the series e is okay (they're all pretty sharp, in general), but try to find the first version AIs or the AI if you can.

they look like this:

AIs: http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_3209712.html

AI: http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html

Maybe the big viewfinder of the D700 has something to do with it.

the D700 certainly is a nice camera for MF glass.

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