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The Nikon 50mm 1.8 AI-S Pancake (not the Series E)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by JonathanF2, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    A lot of people think the Nikon 50mm 1.8 AI-S pancake and Nikon 50mm 1.8 Series E are the same or similar lenses, but I've owned both and I think the the non-E is the better of the two. It's slightly sharper wide open and has a bit better contrast. You can usually find the two priced similarly, but I'd definitely opt for the non-E version. There's a small click stop for f/2 that I leave the aperture at. To be honest the 1.8 setting is more for show. ;)

    I believe this was the last MF 50mm 1.8 lens Nikon released before going AF. Anyways, here are a couple samples on the Sony A7! :)

    Sony A7 and Nikon 50mm 1.8 AI-S:
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nick
    Great framing in #1 !
     
  3. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Thanks! I'm continually amazed at how much better my MF glass looks on the A7. Everything just feels a bit sharper than my Nikon FF bodies.
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
    Well done, great results
     
  5. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Will
    Excellent glass! Like how the 2nd shot turned out.
     
  6. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    The glass holds up quite well on the modern sensor. The ability to remove the CA from older lenses is a big reason to shoot raw. Also the nice thing about the Sony FF sensor is the ability to pull detail in the highlights.
     
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  7. RnR

    RnR TalkEmount Regular

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    Hasse
  8. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tom
    So Jonathan... How do you tell them apart? I'd hate to buy one thinking that I am getting the other... Is it the silver ring in the middle (the pancake)?

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    OK, so I did some research and the silver ring is not the indicator, both the second version of the E as well as the pancake have the silver ring. From what I can see, the only way to tell the pancake is that it doesn't say "SERIES E" on the front. Am I wrong about this? I also notice that the first version SERIES E is flatter than the pancake (which is irrelevant if the optics in the pancake are superior). And am I wrong about this!?
     
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  9. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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  10. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tom
    Not sure why you referenced my post when you posted this video. It didn't tell me anything I hadn't already determined. It was a little too elementary for my use. Perhaps others will find it useful however. Thanks for posting for them.
     
  11. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    The Series-E is a plastic-bodied lens. Series-E was their budget line. And as you surmised, will state Series-E on the face plate.
     
  12. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 6, 2015
    i didn't read the edited post, sorry
     
  13. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Hi Tom, this site is one of the most comprehensive sites regarding Nikon lenses:

    Nikon Lenses

    In regards to the 50mm 1.8 AI-S pancake, yes the Series E version will have it written on front, regardless if it has a silver ring or not (ver. I and II). The Nikkor version will say Nikon Nikkor. In fact there are two versions of this lens. There was a Japan only version that came with a rubber ring (the international copy has a plastic ring) and it actually focuses closer. You can usually buy the Japan version from a Japanese importer on Ebay, but I personally don't think it's worth the trouble or extra cost unless you need to have that closer focusing.

    Yes, the Version I Series E is the most compact Nikon 50mm, but honestly the build quality isn't that great and I'd rather pay a few dollars extra for the ver. II Series E or the Nikkor 50mm pancake.
     
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  14. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tom
    Wow, it sure is! Thanks Jonathan
     
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