AF Nikkor 50 mm 1:1.8D

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Postby DavidCurr » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:28 pm

Great writeup on this great lens. I purchased this lens about a month ago and love it. it has been a great help in my learning how to pay attention to compasition and im taking better pictures as a result with all my lenses.
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Postby bigblocke » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:54 pm

Thanks hailstorm for the explanation, I think I have I better clue about how things work now...

Probably this lens will land in my hands early this summer, but I am also considering the 50mm f/1,4D AF or the new 50mm f/1,4G AF-S, whats the benefit of purchasing a more expensive one like these? and do these two differ except for the focus speed?
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Postby pgtips » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:59 pm

bigblocke wrote:Probably this lens will land in my hands early this summer, but I am also considering the 50mm f/1,4D AF or the new 50mm f/1,4G AF-S, whats the benefit of purchasing a more expensive one like these? and do these two differ except for the focus speed?


Quoting Ken Rockwell,

Ken Rockwell wrote:The reason you want this new 50mm f/1.4G AF-S instead of the perfectly good 50mm f/1.4 AF-D that Nikon has been making unchanged since 1993 is that you can tweak manual focus simply by touching the ring. With the older AF-D lens, you have to move a switch on the camera to get between manual and auto focus.


Also bear in mind that the Nikon D40, D60, D5000 can only use AF-S lenses and not AF-D ones.
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Postby michduncg » Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:29 pm

Philip - it's not true that non AF-S lenses won't work with d40/d60 cameras. The lack of focus motor means that the lens will have to be manually focussed of course.
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Postby michduncg » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:07 pm

Went out and bought this lens today. Only tested it out in the shop on my D60 but it seems really easy to focus. There is a focus indicator that lights up in the viewfinder which is real handy. You just lock the aperture ring at f1.8 and then use your in-camera aperture controls to set your f-stop. Not had a chance to use it yet though!
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Postby Dave16 » Sun May 03, 2009 3:56 am

I think you will find you have to set the aperture ring to f22. If you don't, it won't work!
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Postby bubblewrap » Thu May 27, 2010 1:02 am

Dave is right, the aperture ring has to be locked at F22.

I just got this lens today and im not sure about manual focus override. It autofocuses with my D90 but is it safe to adjust the focus later on manualy?
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Postby Citruspers » Thu May 27, 2010 8:54 am

It is if you flip the AF switch on the body.
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AF Nikkor 50 mm 1:1.8D

Postby JonathanEvers » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:38 am

I have been torn between this lens because of value for money and the 1.4 AF-S because it will autofocus on my D40.

I have 1 nephew and 2 nieces (twins) all under the age of 6, so I think I would need autofocus.

This is my choice
1) buy the 1.8 AF lens and hope I can focus
2) buy the 1.4 AF-S lens
3) sell my kit and move to the Canon 550D or 50D

As I'm in Brasil I could get a good price for my D40, and then buy the Canon back in England. Currently the Nikon D3000 is selling for £1300 with the standard 18-55 kt lens.
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Postby Citruspers » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:04 am

Keep in mind that manual focus with fast lenses is tough on today's SLR's, because we don't see a DOF difference when we get below F/2.8. Meaning, if you shoot at F/1.8, and the object you see is in focus, it might not be because of the limited depth of field.

The focus dot helps a lot, and so does a split-prism screen, but the screen is expensive and only viable if you use fast lenses.
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Postby Hailstorm » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:59 pm

Another "first prime" alternative for the D40 would be the new AF-S 35mm 1:1.8 DX.
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Postby hackmann » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:56 pm

Well, I am a D90 owner.
In my opinion you should not forget to have this piece in your bag.
Its far the best cheap lens I have. IQ its awsome, fast and light lens.

Only problem its having a tendency to flare easly.

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