Nikon AF-D lens reviews

Thursday, February 02, 2012

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Nikon AF-D lens reviews

The Nikon Nikkor AF-D series

“Nikonists” still highly appreciate the AF-D-series lenses, all of which appeared in 1994. (Nikon usually adds the “D” after the aperture, as in “50mm f/1.4D AF,” rather than “50mm f/1.4 AF-D,” but both refer to the same lenses.)

One of the main limitation of these lenses is the absence of an integrated motorized autofocus. But they are compatible with motor-equipped Nikon DSLRs, such as the Nikon D3x. Further, in contrast to the more recent AF-G-series lenses, the AF-Ds have an aperture ring.

Out of curiosity as to why they remain popular to this day, let’s just take a quick look at a performance analysis of the following lenses and see what kinds of DxOMark scores they achieve: