Category Archives: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 series E AIS

Nikon 50mm 1.8 E vs. S.

Like the title says, I’m comparing the 40 year old Nikon 50/1.8 Series E AIS lens with the new Nikon 50mm 1.8S lens.

Wide open, there’s no contest: the 50/1.8S trounces the E (you’ll have to take my word for it).

At f/2.8, however, the differences are less obvious.

WARNINGThis is not a scientific comparison.  This is me sharing something with you for free that might be worth absolutely nothing to you.  Or it may change your life.  We can only say with certainty in retrospect.

Below you will find two similar but uninteresting images taken under horrible lighting.

Technical:

  • f/2.8
  • 1/125
  • ISO 1250
  • Camera used: Nikon Z7

Nikon 50mm 1.8E:

 

Nikon 50mm 1.8S:

And now the crops (click on each image to enlarge)…

Center:

Left Edge:

Upper Left:

Right Edge:

The 50/1.8S is technically the better lens, for 10x the price.  The 50/1.8E is easier to carry around.

Thanks for looking.

—Peter.

Cover Girl, Revisited.

The original Cover Girl post can be found here.

—Peter.

↑Nikon FM2N + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E AIS + Kodak Tri-X 400 + Plustek 8200i.

 

Office Morning (1 and 2).

↑Nikon FM2N + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E AIS + Kodak Tri-X 400 + Plustek 8200i.

J.

↑Nikon FM2N + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E AIS + Kodak Tri-X 400 + Plustek 8200i.

Sunday-Monday (1 – 10).

↑Nikon FM2N + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E AIS + Kodak Tri-X 400 + Plustek 8200i.

Saturday.

Yes, this is from the test roll I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

First time I’ve used the Nikon FM2N (+ 50mm 1/1.8)).

I like this camera, and the lens.

—Peter.

↑Nikon FM2N + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E AIS + Kodak Tri-X 400 + Plustek 8200i.

Nikon FM2N.

Accompanied by the svelte Nikon 50mm f/1.8 series E AIS lens.

—Peter.

↑Nikon Z7 + Nikon 50mm f/1.8S.