Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
|I own it||I want it||I had it|
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.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (FX)|
|Min focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Weight||230 g (0.51 lb)|
|Length||43 mm (1.67″)|
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.