The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G is a small and compact, high-quality standard prime lens for Nikon's FX (full frame) and DX (APS-C) DSLRs. A standard prime is one of the best purchases you can make for a DSLR system - the classic 50mm focal length is amazingly versatile, and typically offers extremely good optical quality for a relatively low cost. The Nikon 50mm F1.4 G is no exception. A lightweight, tack-sharp standard lens on full-frame DSLRs, it offers an effective focal length of 75mm on Nikon's DX format, making it very useful for portraiture and low-light candid photograph. Compared to the older AF-D version, this new lens is optically superior, and offers silent (although slower) autofocus.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (FX)|
|Min focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Max magnification||0.15 x|
|Weight||290 g (0.64 lb)|
|Length||54 mm (2.13″)|
This sharp 50mm isn't quite a match for the best of its competitors at F1.4, but it's still perfectly usable wide open, and once stopped down to F2.8 it's more than a match for anything else in its class. When used on full-frame, it produces some of the most detailed, aberration-free images we've yet seen, and our test results suggest there's still plenty to spare for even higher resolution sensors. It's very good on DX too, and an attractive option as a short portrait lens.
Good for: Everyday photography on full-frame and portrait work on APS-C, where its excellent sharpness and refined handling are very useful.
Not so good for: Shooting fast-moving subjects, where the AF-S focus might not be quick enough, and shooting into the sun, where (as usual with lenses of this type) flare can be an issue.