Despite having spent a small fortune on glass over the years, this one is the best one in any bag. The “normal” 50mm. Sharp, fast, it was looked down on when zooms became the rage. Now, 50’s are some of the most sought after lenses. They just are beautiful optically. I have this 50mm f/1.8 Ai, and the AF-D. Without a doubt, the Ai is the most gorgeous piece of glass I have ever used. Sharp and contrasty, the coating alone is awe-inspiring. Distortion is virtually non existent. On a digital “DX” Nikon body, they are the consummate small portrait lens. On an FE-2, or N80, they are a joy to use. Yes, the cliché “zoom with your feet” holds true here. But, you also have a neat little street photography kit when paired up with a film body.
The original “kit lens”, these little lenses can produce breathtaking results. Took this one with my Nikon FE-2, and the 50mm f/1.8 Ai, at Institute Park, Worcester, MA, with Kodak Ektar. The FE-2’s split prism focus screen makes it easy and fun-