My Brother-in-Law gave me a never used, still in the box with everything in it, 50mm Nikkor 1.8 from around 1982. It took me a while on the web to match it and I've copied the info below.
My question: Is it worth anything and does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do with it...hey now...be nice!
Thanks in advance for any recommendations anyone can provide. Phil
Nikon's Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 standard lens. Serial # 3231356
This successor of the Nikkor 2/50mm. widely regarded as one of the best optical performer at 50mm focal length and is still popular among many photographers. As AF-D lens is still in production. For general photography and for macro/reproductions this very well corrected lens is an excellent tool. The first version (shown below with the larger image at center of this page) came on the market in January 1978, quickly followed by the redesigned version in 1980 (this version has its minimum f/stop down to f/22).
As John says, use it. It's a very sharp lens. Whether you use it on the D700 or D800, enter the lens data in the non-CPU data menu in the Setup Menu. That way the lens data will show in the photo EXIF data whenever you use it. According to the serial number it appears to be a very desirable model made in Japan and with the metering prongs. The ser# of my copy is 3236940.
I barely use the 50mm I already have (Sigma) so I don't think I'll end up using it. It was strange (in a cool way) to be looking at a 30+ year old lens that, literally, had never been out of its original box!
Needless to say, I put it back ASAP and am wondering how much to suggest he sell it for.
Again, any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
A few months ago I purchased that lens on ebay for $65 shipped. It works great on a D300 but I actually purchased it for a Fuji XE1 mirrorless body which I use with an adapter. It is a bargain lens but sharp, OOF Points of light start to render polygons after f/2 and the bokeh is nothing special but nevertheless it I like mine and actually used it today to shoot some flowers on my fuji camera wide open. I picked it up just to use at around f/2. I used to own the 50mm f/1.8 Af version a while back on my D70 and D200 which has the same optics as well. I had considered it one of the best lenses that I never used and eventually sold it. Same now, since I will use it rarely and the price was right I picked one up. The price I paid, $65 shipped (I think it was actually slightly less like $62) was slightly on the low side as most were closer to $70 - $75.
For that price it may not be worth selling.
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