Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Prime lens | Nikon F (FX)
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This compact and fast, f/1.4 lens is versatile and perfect for travel and portrait pictures as well as general photography. Optically, the newer 'G' version is superior, but this older AF-D lens focuses much more quickly on compatible Nikon full-frame and APS-C format cameras.

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Review, Sep 10, 2008
Quick specs
Lens type Prime lens
Focal length 50 mm
Image stab. No
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Max aperture F1.4
Min aperture F16.0
Min focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Max magnification 0.15×
Weight 230 g (0.51 lb)
Length 43 mm (1.67)

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Our review

Despite its age, this old favourite still has much to offer for the modern photographer. It's an ideal partner to full-frame DSLRs, but also works well on DX as a short portrait lens. It offers the usual advantages of a prime, i.e. a bright maximum aperture for low light and shallow depth-of-field work, coupled with excellent image quality when stopped down; in both regards it offers users capabilities which simply aren't available from zooms.

Good for: Everyday photography on full-frame and APS-C, where its excellent sharpness deliver great results at optimal apertures

Not so good for: Wide-open use on full-frame DSLRs, where heavy vignetting and poor corner sharpness can cause issues (unless you like the effect) and lack of built-in AF motor limits usefulness on entry-level Nikon DSLRs.

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Highly Recommended
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