I picked up my Nikkor-S.C 50mm f1.4 lens yesterday, and I was itching to try it out as soon as I got home, so I grabbed the Nikon D5500 and introduced the two. They seem to hit it off immediately, almost like they were meant for each.
The build quality of this little lens is simply incredible. Everything is metal, including the scalloped metal focus ring. The build quality and fit and finish is a work of art. I think I may have started a little collecting addiction for myself.
From what I’ve found online, these Nikkor-S.C Auto 50mm f1.4 lenses were first made in 1962. I’m going to try and find a serial number chart to see if I can find out exactly when my lens was made.
The electronic rangefinder feature on the Nikon D5500 makes focusing fun and easy. I can see how manual focusing with a lens as smooth as this one could actually be preferred to auto focus in some situations.
If you’re wondering about the lighting in these photos, I also grabbed one of my Nikon SB-26 Speedlights and a set of radio triggers to give myself some nicer, DIY available light. 🙂
Check out the detail of the stickers on these bananas at f1.4.
The stuffed crab photo above was shot at ISO 400, but I pushed it to +2.5EV in post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Not bad for such extreme exposure correction. The little Nikon D5500 delivers incredible image quality.
A 50 shooting a 50. Irony? Play on words? Nice bokeh though. 🙂
I just double-checked, and I paid $49 USD for my Nikkor-S.C 50mm f1.4 on eBay. Amazon currently has 12 Nikkor-S.C 50mm f1.4’s listed.
This lens is a gem. I can’t stress enough how beautifully made it is. I just LOVE the scalloped metal focus ring, and it’s SO SMOOTH to focus.
Image quality is fantastic from what I’m seeing, and I’m REALLY enjoying manually focusing on the Nikon D5500.
This lens may be my favorite Christmas present I bought myself. I have a suspicion I’ll be shopping for more Nikkor-S.C lenses in the near future (maybe as soon as I publish this article?).
Perhaps the Nikkor-S.C 85mm f1.8 next?
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