If you have followed my photography life, at all, you will know I use a lot of legacy lenses. I appreciate the classics. I, pretty much, thought I had all the lenses I wanted, I have not been looking for any more gear. One day, while rummaging through my predecessors, at work, equipment I found one more lens, I did not think was in his kit, a Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 ais. Already the proud owner of a Nikkor 50mm 1.2 , f2, 1.8d, and 1.8e I thought this was an excellent addition to my 50 mm collection. As I always do, I eagerly took this lens out to get to know it.
This Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 ais, is not perfect. It’s old used and abused much like myself. After a few frames, I realized the lens had a problem changing f-stops. So I mostly stay at f1.4. It was a fun challenge. When I get some time, and new tools I will probably try to fix the lens. It feels like it’s just warn down.
On a Nikon D750, my current workhorse camera , the Nikkor 5o mm 1.4 ais was like and classic jaguar car, for all its beauty, beauty it had its quarks. Needless to say this lens was interesting to use. Sometimes a capturing a frame just went wrong, the d D750 did not like metering with the lens in aperture priority mode. It worked well in manual with spot metering though. I basically had a laugh with it. Only being at f1.4 and thinking I was changing the f-stop, the camera bought it was shooting at f8 when In reality it was still at f1.4. The Sony handled the lens a bit better.
With the lens on the My Sony A7 with the metabones adapter and higher 1/8000 shutter speed the cranky old Nikkor 50mm f1.4 was a lot more usable. Knowing my limitations I just went out with the lens and had fun.