Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Announced Sep 22, 2008 •
Prime lens | Nikon F (FX) | 1433

I'm a fan of light and compact prime lenses and the Nikon 50 1.4G is both. The image quality is excellent.  It is sharp in the center from wide-open and stopped down slightly is extremely sharp across the frame. The nine bladed aperture produces nice out of focus areas. Autofocus speed is average. Nothing to write home about but not slow either. Autofocus is accurate on my D610. The build quality is solid and acceptable for the price. It is easy to find one for $300 or less used. The 50 1.4G ...

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korenje
 

This lens has freakingly slow autofocus. Some chroma abberations over the whole range. Positives: - focuses very very well at dark, a bit slow autofocus, but it does focus on the target. so not for moving targets though. - very small and lightweight - very low F value good for shooting streets at night at 1/80 or faster. So i prefer this over some professional F2.8 at night. - medium sharpness. it literally shows that images are not as sharp as those on professional lens (compared on 24mpx ...

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0ldGit
 

This is a fantastic lens. I find it fine for focusing speed. You can easily take pictures at fast enough shutter speeds to avoid having to use a tripod - in the dark! Great bokeh. If you haven't already got a prime lens then this should be the one to get. I'm using mine on a D750 primarily for portraits, but there are so many other options with this. The only negative thing I can think of is that it feels a little light and plasticky compared to most other Nikon lenses, but don't let that put ...

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Zakzoezie
 

If you own a Nikon, this lens is a must have. For its price, you cannot go wrong. Image quality is great, bokeh is great, AF speed is great. Size & weight is acceptable. I use this lens less frequently compared to my 35mm F1.8, but still lets say 10% of my time for stills. Ie for indoor portraits where there is not so much space to move backward, it is certainly a perfect lens. For outdoor portraits it can also be used, but there I would recommend longer focal lengths (85mm or above).

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lera ion

Pros; Clear images, nice bokeh, goodish contrast, pretty colours. Cons; Soft at large openings. Cover clamping elemnts tore the end tabs of the lens. The use of a filter avoids damages.

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This lens is so fast focusing that you need scientific methods to compare it with the f/1.8 really. I do find the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G markedly better than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G. focusing speed is so fast that if it was faster i wouldn't be able to notice the extra speed :) And i don't believe in focusing with lens cap on, that's crazy and no one does it, even if u got instant focus with the lens covered it means bunk because u wont get an image!! I did a real life test here http://youtu.be/NxWXbw ...

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Franklin J Ellias
 

New to Nikon, not new to DSLRs or film. I just purchased a Nikon d7100 to replace my Canon 2ti. I also purchased two lenses one is the 50mm f/1.4G. After "playing" with the camera and lens for 6 days and looking at the results all I can write is WOW! This lens is more than I expected. I know it was highly rated by various reviews, including DPR, I just was blown away by the detail and the color balance achieved by this lens. At 75mm I can see why it has become a favorite portrait lens of many ...

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Martyn McMad
 

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G is probably my favourite lens, replacing my previous favourite lens, the Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D, only recently. The AF is not as quick on the 1.4G as it is on the 1.8D, but it is so much quieter ! I love shooting at f/1.4 to 2.8 where this lens looks its most gorgeous, in my opinion. It's great as a portrait lens on an APS-C sensor DSLR like my D300 where it becomes a 75mm due to the DX sensor. It's not as sharp as the AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G, which it looks very ...

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