Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1 review: 1.4 f = 50mm

According provided by lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm (AI-Converted version) many thanks to Oleg, and for the original (not converted lens) many thanks to the store www.fotika.com.ua.

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1 review: 1.4 f = 50mm

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1 review: 1.4 f = 50mm

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm is Non-ai the lens and without its alteration (AI-conversion) there will be problems when trying to install it on certain CZK Nikon, information on this subject can be found in the section Pre-ai.

The first lens that I visited in the review was already redone for the AI ​​type, and I used it on cameras without any problems Nikon D700Nikon AF N8008s и Nikon D80... The second one - without conversion, I could use it only on Nikon D40 (this camera does not have a rheostat ring, and the end position lever can be “hidden”). Nikkor-SC 1.4 / 50 is a manual lens without microprocessor contacts, and therefore it can be difficult when working on certain Nikon cameras, first of all, the difficulties relate to metering exposure and focusing convenience. How to work with such lenses on any Nikon digital signal center is described in detail in the section 'Using older lenses on Nikon cameras'.

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

Main technical characteristics of Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm:

Name of instances from review Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm 1535847 and 1500067
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • Car - automatic diaphragm control
  • C (Coating) - special coating of optics
  • S (Septem) - seven lenses in the optical scheme
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • PRE AI (NON AI) - aperture control ring with "ears"
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - the presence of a diaphragm control ring
  • metal case
  • metal hood with the ability to install in transport mode
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, metal thread for filters
Body materials All parts of the lens housing are made of metal.
Focal length 50 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 75 mm, EGF for Nikon CX cameras is 135 mm
Diagonal viewing angles 46 ° for FX cameras, 31 ° for DX cameras
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens without the ability to change the focal length)
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with Nikon F mount
Number of aperture blades 7 non-rounded petals, at F / 2.0, the petals form a notch
Tags marking on the focus ring with the focusing distance in meters and feet, depth of field scale for F / 4, F / 8, F / 11, F / 16. Label for working in the infrared spectrum (red dot near the depth of field scale). Ring with aperture values, there are marks for F / 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16.
Diaphragm from f / 1.4 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type)
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.6 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 8
The weight 325 g
Optical design 7 elements in 5 groups. The lens does not use special optical elements.Optical design Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mmLens versions

Use the same optical design.

Lens hood Metal hood Nikon HN-5 or HS-1. The HS-1 lens hood has an interesting way of attaching with latches, at the same time it is screwed into the thread under the filters. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. The protective cover cannot be installed when the hood is installed in the working position. If you set the hood in transport mode, then the protective cover is still installed.
Transportation Using the Nikon LF-1 back cover and front cover. The front cover has an old design with metal bolts.
Period from 1973 to 1974, subsequently replaced by Nikon Nikkor-S 50mm 1: 1.4 (K, PRE-AI).
Manufacturer country LENS MADE in JAPAN

Fifty fifty Nikon class 50 / 1.4 have a huge history. The Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1 version: 1.4 f = 50mm (from this review) was produced from about 1973 to 1974 and is a modification Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm with the addition of a special multi-coating called 'NIC' - Nikon Integrated Coating. Actually, the letter 'C'means'Coating 'is enlightenment, and the letter'S'means'Septem '- seven lenses in the optical design of the objective.

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm on the Nikon D40x

Original (non-AI-converted) Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm lens on the camera Nikon D40x... Such lenses can be installed on similar cameras without modification. The photo also shows an old-style lid with “metal temples”.

In short, try to describe the story fifty fifty / 50, you’ll get something like this line:

Nikkor-S in several modifications -> Nikkor-SC -> Nikon K MKI -> Nikon K MKII -> Nikon AI in several modifications-> Nikon AI-S in several modifications -> Nikon AF MKI, MKII, AF D MKIII -> Nikon AF-S. Modifications usually differ in the place where the inscription is made 'Made in Japan' or 'Lens Made in Japan' or 'Made in China', as well as the number of screws that secure the rear of the lens. The very first lenses before the 1970s were named 'Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-S Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm'.

In Radozhiv you can still find an interesting article about all modifications of fifty Nikon autofocus.

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

It's a shame that Nikon's official website in the 'Product Archive' section has no clear information about the line of old lenses. Based on third-party sources, it can be determined that Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm has an optical scheme of 7 elements in 5 groups, while the same scheme, with some refinement, was used in subsequent Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 lenses AI, AI-S and even Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF (in all three versions MKI, MKII, 'D' MKIII).

The lens can be used on FX and DX cameras. On Nikon DX cameras EGF will be 75 mm, which is good for portrait photography.

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

View of the lens Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

As for the Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm itself, it is very well assembled, with a beautiful chrome insert between the aperture control ring and the focusing ring. The focusing ring rotates a little less than 180 degrees. MDF is 60 cm, while the lens has marks for focusing distance in meters and feet, depth of field scale, mark for shooting in the infrared spectrum. The F numbers and DOF lines have different colors and correspond to each other, which is typical for older Nikkor lenses. The diaphragm has 7 blades, which affects the 'nuts' in the out-of-focus area. The thread for light filters is the usual 52 mm.

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm and Nikon F6 camera

Original (not converted) Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm and Nikon F6 Camera. Due to the diaphragm rheostat, this original lens cannot be installed on this camera without additional alteration of the lens or modification of the camera

'Auto' lettering means only the presence of automatic iris control (the so-called 'jump rope'). You can always aim at full f / 1.4 aperture, and when the shutter is released, the camera will automatically close the aperture to the value set using the aperture control ring. After releasing the shutter, the camera will reopen it to f / 1.4.

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm lens

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm lens

The lens has a pronounced coating of its lenses, but this will not protect it from hares and glare in the backlight. The sample from my review lacks sharpness for comfortable shooting at F / 1.4, but at F / 2.8 the lens already becomes very sharp. In general, Nikkor-SC creates a pleasant drawing, good contrast and can be used for any leisurely creative shooting.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM and Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM and Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

Sample photos on Nikon D700 (FX):

Front portrait on Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

Front portrait on Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

The parameters given in the gallery above photo:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700 using protective filter Citiwide UV 52mm. On camera JPEG L (compression 'optimal quality'), without treatment. Functions: Control vignetting, ADL, noise reduction at slow shutter speeds, noise reduction at high ISO - were off. Everything was shot in SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 of 10. Used white balance: 'Cloudy', 'Flash', 'Auto'. Photo size has been reduced to 3 MP (2048 X 1363).

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm and Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-S Auto 1: 2 f = 5cm

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm and Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-S Auto 1: 2 f = 5cm

Sample photos on Nikon D40 (Dx)

You can download RAW source files at this link (45 files in '.NEF' and '.JPG' format, 340 MB). All photos were taken on Nikon D40.

View of the Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm on the Nikon AF N8008s film SLR camera

View of Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm on a film SLR camera Nikon AF N8008s

All Nikon 50-58 / 1.4 / 1.2 autofocus lenses

  1. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (first version, MK I) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1991
  2. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (second version, MK II, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was only available in Japan from 1991 to 1995
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 1995 to this day. There are two subversions that are no different.
  4. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as 'G' version) - the lens is only available in China from 2008 to this day.
  5. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical (version better known as'58/1.4') - the lens is only available in Japan from 2013 to this day.
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct - The lens is available from 2019 to this day. Premium Lens for Mirrorless Cameras Nikon Z... It does not have automatic focus, but has a record aperture. Complex optical design with 17 elements in 10 groups, with 4 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements.
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 / 1.2 S - The lens has been produced from 2020 to the present day. Professional S-line lens for mirrorless cameras Nikon Z... Complex optical design with 17 elements in 15 groups, with 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements

Video review can be viewed at my youtube channel:


Conclusions

Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm - standard fix huge lens aperture and nice image quality. Like its previous version Nikkor-S, the lens creates a soft image on the F / 1.4-F / 2.0 apertures, is afraid of backlight, but this same drawback can be turned into a plus, using in a number of artistic designs.
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Comments: 74, on the topic: Review of Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm

  • Alexey

    Hello! Tell me someone, is it possible to use such a lens with nikon d90?

    • Michael

      Of course it is possible. doubt is not clear

    • Valentine

      On the question it is clear that they have not encountered before. Putting it on camera is just a small step. Further, all work with him will be based on knowledge and hands. Why do you even want to take it, and not, for example, the autofocus Nikkor 50mm 1.4D, which has the same optical scheme, but more modern enlightenment, electronics (communication with the camera + determination of the exposure by the device, not by hand) and automatic focusing? With it, if necessary, you can play manually. And one more thing: if you think that 1.4 is the main advantage of these lenses, you will be disappointed. Among modern Nikon fifty dollars, these on the 1.4-2 range give not the most interesting picture. But with 2,5-2,8 the result is very good, and the class is already obvious.

    • Chris

      Gorgeous on d90 sat down and due to laser metering, you can easily focus

  • Dima

    adapter for micro 4: 3 do not tell me?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I will tell you - this.

  • Ramis Ebellehovich

    bought such a child, learning photos on nikon d2H, normal flight

  • @ f_e_d_2

    Arkady, it seems the error page.
    Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-S Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm (PRE-AI)
    Nikon Nikkor-S 1: 1.4 f = 50mm (PRE-AI)
    Nikon Nikkor-S 50mm 1: 1.4 (K, PRE-AI)
    Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4 (AI)
    Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4 (AI-S)
    Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (MKI)
    Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (MKI)
    Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

    from this list, only the first 3 pieces have such an optical scheme, and the remaining 7 elements in 6 groups.

  • Basil

    Fifty as a fifty. The pictures are nothing outstanding. As for me for the money that they ask for it, it is better to buy 5 / 1,4d or with a small surcharge g.
    And for the soul, creativity, etc. I don’t see anything interesting from Nikon, except for 5 / 1,2.

    • Maria

      Throw examples at 1.2) if possible
      there are also 1.4 of their old stocks. And I like Helios 81H much more ...
      1.2 interested (not really monitor the line, etc.)

      • Michael

        The site has a review

  • Alexey

    I’m quite a good fifty dollars, sometimes I rent on such a canon.

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