Nikon 50mm f/1.8E Lens
Say what?! A Pentax lens on a Nikon F Mount? Nah, I just use a Pentax lens cap that I found to protect my 30 year old, Nikon E Series 50mm (cheaper than buying a Nikon one). This lens may be old, and manual focus, but it is definitely not obsolete optically. I’ve already gushed about how great a value the “Nifty Fifty” is, this because of its price versus performance ratio, but this little Nikon might be even better. I know that I prefer it optically over the Nikkor D lens (on paper it’s hard to pinpoint why, since they appear virtually identical), so really the only reason why it doesn’t stay on my camera bodies instead of the later version are 1. no AF (necessary when shooting events) and 2. it only meters on one of my current, digital bodies (the D300). That said, I do still take it out a great deal on shoots for when I have the time to gather the shot (more a lack of trust in my manual focusing capabilities than in the lens’).
Anyway, the E Series was released simultaneous to the Nikon EM, and it was meant to sell to a more casual caste of photographer. For this reason, the E Series lenses were the first to feature large portions of plastic in their makeup, among other concessions from the established Nikkor prototype. This is why this lens is a “Nikon” versus a “Nikkor”. However, don’t let that fool you; in today’s camera market, plastic has long had a place in even lenses that are considered “professional” and Nikkor no longer reserves its nomenclature for those with strictly an all metal makeup. Fact is, this is a tough lens, and it feels that way (especially up against the current “Nifty Fifty”).
All shots Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G Lens.
More shots and stats after the jump–>
Full Name: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E Series
Max/Min. Aperture: 1.8/22
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Lens Configuration: 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Filter Size: 52mm
Focuses Beyond: 24″