I don’t usually use Nikon lenses, because I prefer to keep my setup clear, especially when using a follow focus, which I use a lot. Nikon and Canon lenses focus in different direction and to me it is confusing when trying to focus quickly and precisely , so I usually use lenses that focus anticlockwise from foreground to infinity, unlike Nikon which focus clockwise.
Saying that, I still decided to get hold of a decent Nikon lens to see what the whole fuss is about.
Well, to start with, the lens is really nicely built. Weird thing is that my lens doesn’t look the same as all the other Nikon 50mm f/1.4s I found on internet. My one has 3 lines on the focus ring, just like Nikon 50mm 1.2 and unlike all the other 50mm f/1.4s I’ve seen, which have 2 (see the pictures below). I was told that this is actually a Nikkor 50mm/1.4 ‘K’ pre Ai version made from 1974-76 updated later with Ai kit no. 5 (that’s basicly an aperture ring required to mount the lens on Nikon cameras from 1977 to today’s models).
This particular version got also the longest focus throw of all Nikkor 50mm/1.4 as far as this list tells: http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/specs.html#50fast
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