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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Review.
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF made in 1986.
The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF has many sisters’ lenses starting with the AI NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8S pancake lens, the latest one is the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D still sold new today.
This lens design has been around for a long time, first NIKKOR made the Pancake lens in the 1980 and from that lens, NIKKOR made the Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF in 1986.
Then NIKKOR made the Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF-D 2002 all these lenses have the same optic design according to NIKKOR 1001 Night, the Series E 50mm f/1.8, sold in some regions including the U.S., and the AI NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8S were actually sister lenses designed with the same basic optics, but different outward appearance and coatings.
In my opinion, this lens is a little bit better build than the Nikon 50mm f/1.8AF-D lens (not as much plastic) this lens has a metal frame with a plastic focus ring.
50mm f/1.8 AF Portable normal lens.
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Minimum aperture f/22.
Lens construction 6 elements in 5 groups.
No. of diaphragm blades 7.
Closest focusing distance 45 cm/1.48 ft.
Filter/attachment size 52mm.
Weight Approximately 155 g/5.5 oz.
AI NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8S pancake lens was released in 1980 to coincide with the release of the Nikon EM (released in 1979 as a Nikon Series E lens), has been a favorite of many users for its slimness and superior rendering capabilities.
It also contributed to the appeal of the EM series. What’s more, the same basic optical design was reborn as the AI AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8S (coatings and such were modified) and is still available today (2020) in the AI AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D.
When this lens was reborn as an AF lens, it lost its slim, pancake design, but its rendering characteristics remain the same (Sample 3 was actually captured with the AF-D lens).