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Back in 1986, the first autofocus was introduced. half a ruble Nikon Nikkor class 50 / 1.8 - Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKI). After 4 years, in 1990 the first version was updated. The main reason for the update is considered a very narrow and inconvenient focus ring in MKI. Almost all of the first Nikon Nikkor autofocus lenses had an inferior plastic focus ring, which made photographers a lot of complaints about Nikon. At one time, Nikon realized its mistake and released an updated lineup of lenses with a new body design. The changes mainly affected the addition of a wider rubberized focus ring and a change in the latch of the aperture ring.
It is unfortunate that in the past, Nikon did not indicate its update in the name of the lens. The new version of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 received an unspoken name MKII (less often - NEW 50 1.8AF, even more rarely - Non-D MKII or 50mm f / 1.8s N). It is this version that is shown in this review.
After another 12 years, the second version was updated to version Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version). In the world of DSLR cameras, this version has become a cult - it is one of the most affordable autofocus fast Nikkor fixtures. In the secondary market, the MKI versions are often given, MKII for the MKIII version, you need to be extremely careful, since outwardly the lenses are very similar.
There is already an overview on Radozhiv Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D, since the versions of MKII, MKIII differ in trifles, in this review I will indicate only their differences.
Differences between the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 MKII, MIJ version Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D MKIII:
- MKII was produced since January 1990 to February 2002 and is an older version than MKIII, which is produced since February 2002 to this day. MKII version exists in three versions differing by the country of the manufacturer. This review shows the modification MKII MIJ (Made In Japan) made in Japan, but at the same time there are modifications MKII MIC (Made in China) и MKII NJ (Nikon Japan)that were produced in China. But all versions of the MKIII have always been made only in China.
- MKII and MKIII have slightly different body designs. For example, lenses have different corrugation of rubber on the focusing ring, different arrangement of words from the lens name, serial numbers are indicated in different ways and in different places, and a different form of aperture lock button. The MKIII version does not have two pairs of veins on the sides of the case and has a marker with a thread diameter of the front light filter and a marker about rework, as well as other minor and insignificant differences.
- MKII is not able to transmit the focus distance to the camera and is'Non-d'lens (this key difference in the functionality of the lens). Using lensesNon-d'harder to get the right measurement exposure, especially when using the flash in some automatic modes.
- Lens Repair Masters claim that inside MKII version is much more complicatedthan MKIII. Due to different mechanics, the focus ring of the MKII version rotates more smoothly, and the lens itself is touch-sensitive seems more reliablethan the new Chinese model MKIII.
- Most likely for versions MKII and MKIII different enlightenment. The prerequisite for the MKIII version has been changed enlightenment, is the fact that the MKII version was developed and produced for film cameras, and the MKIII version was introduced already during the existence of Nikon D1 cameras, D1h, D1x (Nikon's first series of classic DSLRs). Visually, enlightenment is no different.
- Perhaps there are other minor differences (types of front and back covers, box for transportation, warranty period, etc.)
Optically I did not find any difference between MKII and MKIII.
All Nikon 50 / 1.8 Autofocus Lenses
- Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (first version, MKI) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1990. It is easy to distinguish by a window with a focusing distance and a narrow plastic focus ring. There are two subversions that are no different:
- MKI first subversion. Weighing 210 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From September 1986 to March 1987. Serial numbers start at 2
- MKI second version. Weighing 165 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the absence of a screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From 1987 to 1990. Serial numbers start at 3.
- Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (second version, MKII, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was produced in Japan and China. The MK II version was produced from 1990 to 2001. There are three subversions that are no different:
- Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 2002 to this day. All lenses are made in China.
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as '1.8 G'-version or '1.8 AF-S' version) - the lens has been produced since 2011, all lenses are made in China.
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Special Edition (fifth version, MKVbetter known as version 'Special Edition' or 'SE' or version for the camera with a retro design of the case Nikon Df) - the lens has been available since the fall of 2013. All lenses are made in China.
- Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.8 S, from summer 2018, lens for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount... Diagram of 12 elements in 9 groups, 2 ED, 2 ASP.
Details on the lineup of fifty dollars from Nikon can be found in my article 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'.
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It is strange that the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 lens (MKII version) produced 12 years, but the network has virtually no reviews. Usually everyone discusses a newer version. Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version).
On photo flea markets, due to their ignorance, many sell or give out the MKII version for the 'D' version, since they are very similar to each other.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 lens (MKII version) is slightly better made than MKIII, first of all it has smoother focusing. In all other respects, including the quality and speed / accuracy of focusing, the lenses are almost identical. If you need to shoot a lot in the automatic TTL mode with flash, then the MKIII version (the 'D'-version) will still be preferable.Material prepared Arkady Shapoval... Look for me on Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Telegram.