Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image data — nearby photos
Two Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lenses, separated by 40 years and a lot of character
The lens on the left is a new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens, and on the right is a circa-1969 Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4.
The modern version has autofocus and a built-in CPU that communicates details about settings to the camera body, but is also made of plastic rather than the steel of the original, and comes completely devoid of character. Foremost a lens is a tool, but I wish it would at least aspire to look good.
Modern Nikon lenses may well be optically wonderful, but looks-wise, they look to me now the same way that 80s hairstyles look to me now. Ugh.