Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D review
The AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4 is a pretty well-built lens, and certainly as solid as any other lens in its class. The mount is metal, and the barrel constructed of high-quality plastics; it's definitely better constructed than the relatively inexpensive AF-Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D, although the difference isn't huge. The front element is slightly recessed from the filter thread (by about 4mm), offering a little protection against stray light, and the entire optical assembly moves backwards and forwards as a unit by about 8mm for focusing.
On the camera
The 50mm F1.4 is about average in size for its class. making it a distinctly compact lens especially in comparison to Sigma's monster 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. It balances well on all Nikon DSLRs and is particularly well-matched to the more compact cameras such as the D90 (above right), with the focus ring falling readily to hand when required.
The 50mm F1.4 relies on the body’s built-in AF motor for focusing, which leaves it manual-focus only on the D40/D40x/D60 DSLRs. It also makes it slightly noisy (although again this is dependent upon the body), and certainly more obtrusive than the HSM-equipped Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG. Overall, autofocus is fast, positive and accurate on all the bodies we used for testing, although as always, it must also be noted that focus speed and accuracy is dependent upon a number of variables, including the camera body used, subject contrast, and light levels.
Lens body elements
Reported aperture vs focal length
This lens allows an aperture range from F1.4 to F16 to be selected.
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