Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nikkor 50mm Ais

This would be sort of a hands on with my newest photography related purchase! Ever since i decided to take film photography seriously , i decided to invest in a film system that would last me for many years. After my nikon FE purchase, i need a lens to go with the camera body. Initially i got a 2nd hand 50mm f1.8 afd lens, which well served its purpose and was quite a good performing lens after testing it out with a roll of film. However the build quality felt cheap, the aperture ring was so stiff that i had to exert quite abit of force to get it moving.
Honestly i dont blame it for being not as high quality as i wished it would be, after all at the bargain price i got it , i really cant complain . However i felt that it didnt suit me as i wanted one that was going to last me a long time , and the plastic 50mm 1.8 afd just didnt cut it.

So i sold it and bought this 2nd hand 50mm f1.4 Ais instead. This lens feels like a premium product. Made in Japan and construction is built like a tank,mostly metal and the focus and aperture rings are smooth as butter and have a nice click when rotated.
So far i am really pleased with this lens built quality wise. I just popped in a roll of Kodak Tmax to test it out. Will post my thoughts and comment on how this lens performs soon!

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