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Old 11-07-2012   #1
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Long Nose Nikon 50mm f/1.8 question ?

I just read a thread here, that mentioned a "Long Nose" Nikon 50mm f/1.8...

I have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Ais that has a recessed front element..maybe 3/4 inch....

Is this a long nose?
And what is the benefit?
A different formula? or just house?
It is a great lens, sharpness and contrast wise. At any f/stop
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Yes, I believe the long nose is the one you have. The formula is different than the later ones. That Marco Cavina guy had a write up, but I can't find the link presently. http://www.marcocavina.com/articoli_...otografici.htm
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Thanks, know for Google translate.....
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Check out the pages at Mir that discuss the several 50mm f/1.8 Nikkors:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kor/index6.htm

You should be able to figure out which you have from the pictures.
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You can also check by serial number.

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/niko...es.html#50slow
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OK, made from Sept 81 to 85, For Export only
My SN: 3176xxx
  • «Nikon»
  • long nose
  • first 50/1.8 AIS lens was #3135001
  • 6 elements in 5 groups
  • picture angle 46°
  • stepped front ring, filter ∅ 52mm
  • distance scale graduated in meters and feet from 0.45 (1.5 ft) to infinity (∞)
  • «MADE IN JAPAN» on black focusing ring («M» with vertical sides)
  • narrow aperture setting ring with prong
  • AIS coupled
  • aperture scale f/1.8 to f/22
  • 7 iris blades
  • 3 JIS cross drive headed bayonet screws
  • dimensions approx. 63.5 ∅ x 48 mm
  • weight approx. 210g
  • Nikon 52mm snap-on front lens cap
  • Nikon LF-1 rear lens cap
Lens as pictured


Thanks for the help....

Now, what is the difference from the NON-LONG nose... all had 6/5 elements/group design. coatings changed, and weight changed... close focusing also changed with various versions...

Did the IQ change other than the newer coating towards favoring skin tones.??
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There were two pancake versions, one a "Japan only" release, which I have; and the other was the "new" AIS. This latter version only focuses to .6 meter, not .45 (~24" versus 17") and the latter also has a reputation generally of not being as sharp a lens. I love the Japan only pancake version I have. The other versions are Series E releases which are made from less expensive materials.
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Sorry to send you on a wild goose chase, I looked through cavina's site and I couldn;'t find it. I remember reading it and the graphics, maybe he took it down, or maybe I'm mistaken. I have had the lenses and I have the scans, the one you have is better than the Metal series e and the af-d nikkor (I didn't like them). I prefer the 50mm f2 to it but it's a matter of taste, the 1.8 is more punchy but I like the color of the f2 and the high resolution.
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Sorry to send you on a wild goose chase, I looked through cavina's site and I couldn;'t find it. I remember reading it and the graphics, maybe he took it down, or maybe I'm mistaken. I have had the lenses and I have the scans, the one you have is better than the Metal series e and the af-d nikkor (I didn't like them). I prefer the 50mm f2 to it but it's a matter of taste, the 1.8 is more punchy but I like the color of the f2 and the high resolution.
No Problem...
It is a nice lens, Sharp and and has great looking Bokoh design.
Actually I got this lens here, it has a very small bit of fungus (very small dot size) that I had cleaned up, but some coating was affected. and paid $35.00 + $20 for a Cleaning. There is no effect as far as I know so far.. even at f/1.8. Here are a few recent photos on my FE and Tri-X


Trees: 11-10-2012 by Peter Arbib, on Flickr

f/1.8

Sammie (Final) by Peter Arbib, on Flickr
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Looks good, DNG, enjoy.
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OK, made from Sept 81 to 85, For Export only
My SN: 3176xxx
  • «Nikon»
  • long nose
  • first 50/1.8 AIS lens was #3135001
  • 6 elements in 5 groups
  • picture angle 46°
  • stepped front ring, filter ∅ 52mm
  • distance scale graduated in meters and feet from 0.45 (1.5 ft) to infinity (∞)
  • «MADE IN JAPAN» on black focusing ring («M» with vertical sides)
  • narrow aperture setting ring with prong
  • AIS coupled
  • aperture scale f/1.8 to f/22
  • 7 iris blades
  • 3 JIS cross drive headed bayonet screws
  • dimensions approx. 63.5 ∅ x 48 mm
  • weight approx. 210g
  • Nikon 52mm snap-on front lens cap
  • Nikon LF-1 rear lens cap
Lens as pictured


Thanks for the help....

Now, what is the difference from the NON-LONG nose... all had 6/5 elements/group design. coatings changed, and weight changed... close focusing also changed with various versions...

Did the IQ change other than the newer coating towards favoring skin tones.??
The lens pictured has that little step-down at the outside of the filter thread ring. Later versions do not have that. I have a LN and it's very nice. (Prefer my f/2, but for no logical reason. Usually because of the way it paints when wide open.)
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I like how this "paints" wide open...



Nick: 11-11-2012 by Peter Arbib, on Flickr

But my FL Canon 50mm f/1.4 is nice too wide open..


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