Just posted! Our new lens review featuring Nikon's stalwart standard lens, the AF-Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D. In the third instalment of our latest series in which we've also recently examined the equivalent fast primes from Sigma and Canon, we see how this ageing optical design stands up under the scrutiny of our exacting studio tests.

Click here for our lens review of the Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D

Sigma, Canon, Nikon, and Pentax 50mm F1.4 lenses compared

 

Pentax smc P-FA 50mm F1.4
Street price $500 $325 $290 $200
Maximum format size 35mm full frame 35mm full frame 35mm full frame 35mm full frame
Focal length 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
35mm equivalent focal length
(APS-C)

• 75mm (1.5x)
• 80mm (1.6x)
• 85mm (1.7x)

80mm

75mm

75mm

Diagonal Angle of view (FF) 47º
47º 47º 47º
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 31º
31º 31º 31º
Maximum aperture F1.4 F1.4 F1.4 F1.4
Minimum aperture F16 F22 F16 F22
Lens Construction

• 8 elements/6 groups
• 1 aspherical element

• 7 elements/6 groups

• 7 elements/6 groups

• 7 elements/6 groups

Number of diaphragm blades

9, rounded

8 7 8
Minimum focus 0.45m 0.45m 0.45m 0.45m
Maximum magnification

0.14x

0.15x 0.15x 0.15x
AF motor type • Ring-type ultrasonic
• Full-time manual focus
• Micro-type ultrasonic
• Full-time manual focus
• 'Screw drive' from camera body • 'Screw drive' from camera body
Focus method Unit, internal to barrel Unit Unit Unit
Image stabilization

• None

• None

• None • None
Filter thread • 77mm
• Does not rotate on focus
• 58mm
• Does not rotate on focus
• 52mm
• Does not rotate on focus
• 49mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Supplied accessories

• Front and rear caps
• Hood
• Soft Case

Front and rear caps
Front and rear caps
Front and rear caps
Weight 505 g (17.8 oz) 290g (10.2 oz) 230g (8.1 oz) 220g (7.8 oz)
Dimensions 84.5mm diameter x 68.2mm length
(3.3 x 2.7 in)
73.8mm diameter x 50.5mm length
(2.9 x 2.0 in)
64.5mm diameter x 42.5mm length
(2.5 x 1.7 in)

63.5mm diameter x 38mm length
(2.5 x 1.5 in)

Lens Mount Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, Sony Canon EF only Nikon F only Pentax K only

Click here for our lens review of the Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D