Nikon NIKKOR-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku Non-Ai Lens (f/1.4)
Review of the Nikon NIKKOR-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku Non-Ai Lens (f/1.4).
Nikon, unhappy with the optical performance and focal length of the Nikkor-S Auto 5.8cm/1.4 of 1960, decided to design a better performing 50mm version — the NIKKOR-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm. It was released in 1962 with much fan fare among F system owners.
This is a Nikkor-S which means it has seven elements. The focus ring still feels fluid after all these years. The construction of these lenses is excellent. There's nothing like it today.
This lens is made in Japan. It has distance markers in feet and meters and has an
infrared focus index. It has depth of field and focus
scales and it stops down to f/16 with a seven-bladed diaphragm. This is a pre-Ai lens
meaning it will not fully work on most modern Nikon cameras. It is single-coated and as such
its images are not as contrasty as those from a multicoated lens.