Have always wanted a 50mm 1.8 for my D300. Just got a Nikkor 50mm F1.8 Ai-S lens ($45) Good shape but a few questions.
Set the Camera to Setup/ Non-CPU lens data/ #1/ Focal length = 50/and Max Aperture = 1.8
Anything else I need to do? Focus and aperture are manual but metering works fine.
What is the metal piece sticking up off the lens here the setting numbers are? (See image) It appears to serve no purpose at least with my setup. Do many of you remove it?
The seller threw in a skylight filer for free but after cleaning, the filter still looks like the coating has rubbed off (See image). Would you get a new filter?
Also, there is no lens cover with it it. Since the skylight filter is 52 I assume the lens cover is a 52 mm also.
Initial reactions: Wow. Test shots are sharp and both does it manually focus quick and smoothly compared to my 17-55 2.8. Feels odd not to have all that wight on the front of the camera. With the 50mm, its like something is missing. (Up until now I have only had two lenses the 17-55 2.8 and a 80-200 2.8, both much heavier).
So now I in the exciting new world of prime manual focus lenses. A whole new experience.
Sat 07-Dec-13 11:32 AM | edited Sat 07-Dec-13 11:37 AM by tfeazel
On older 1970s-1980s Nikons, the coupling of the f stop setting to the camera body was a mechanical pin on the body which engaged that metal clip. As the f stop ring rotated, the pin on the body moved to indicate the diaphragm setting to the camera bady. We now do this digitally, but this was a method of analog measurement, which was all that was available at the time. Ah, those clever Japanese. The clip serves no purpose on bodies not designed to use it, but the mounting holes on the lens are rather unsightly if the clip is removed. That's a matter of your preference.
Thanks. So far I have always used a clear filter to protect the lens and a lens cap. Had a Circular polarizer heroically sacrifice itself when I dropped my 17-55 over gravel changing lenses. But since this is not a high cost lens, I may just stick with the lens cap.
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Ah... That's an old debate between the pro and the anti "clear" filter crowds... I never used filters as a protection feature, The cap and the shade usually work well for that! I still have some pre AI 50mm lenses that don't have any scratches on the front lens after more then thirty years of use !!!
So I guess that either you get a cap or a filter as anyhow even for a "cheap" lens it seems almost a crime to leave it as such...
Great that you're enjoying the lens. I've got a 50mm 1.8D and love it on my D800. And, you're right, it seems like there's nothing there. But, once you get used to it you'll enjoy it. Great resolution. Some days I limit myself to 50mm to kind of remember what old time photography is/was all about. Have fun.
Mon 23-Dec-13 10:57 AM | edited Mon 23-Dec-13 10:59 AM by Gbutterf1
I have just installed a chip on my 500mm reflex lens so that it will fire on focus. This chip costs @$30 and works on all Nikkor lenses , I have attached more information should you wish to take a look