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Ultra-fast f/1.4 prime lens for exquisite sharpness and bokeh

With outstanding NIKKOR optics and an ultra-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D delivers superb resolution and color reproduction and a classic 50mm angle of view. Its manual aperture control ring enables smooth adjustments during Live View shooting. Fast enough for shooting in just about any light, it’s an ideal walk-around (multi-purpose) lens for photography and HD video recording.
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Beautiful background blur

Achieve more natural depth of field

Nothing quite isolates and captures the subject of a portrait like a lens that is capable of achieving spectacular background blur (bokeh). When you need to isolate your subject from its background—whether shooting stills or HD videos—the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D renders a beautiful, natural background blur at its wider aperture settings. Manual control of that aperture means you can make smooth adjustments, even during Live View shooting.

The beauty is in the details

Fast enough for shooting in any light

Shooting with only available light can prove challenging, but the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D is fast enough for nearly any type of light. Its f/1.4 maximum aperture and outstanding NIKKOR optics broaden your range of shooting opportunities. Create images you never thought possible.
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Great !!! This is a great lense...it takes nice, sharp pictures...but know this, its focus is limited only up to 20 ft...this is one that I would put in my collection for sure. October 13, 2011
very sharp i have had the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D lens for over a year now. i shoot mainly abstract still life photographs. this lens was rated well by 3rd party reviewers for price/sharpness. i have not been disappointed. if you are unable to spend the additional dollars to acquire a pro-level lens this lens is a great choice. August 22, 2011
Great Sharp and reliable. When I have to have a good photo, I can always count on this lens. June 4, 2011
Great Performance, Great Value! What a fast and sharp lense that yields fantastic resolution and color! On my D200 with the DX sized sensor, it becomes a fast, wide aperture short telephoto lens that is great for portraits, theatre and close-in indoor sports. April 23, 2011
Great lens This is a great lens I will use a lot. I've been a fan of 50mm lenses a long time, but this one does great. It's sharp, fast and compact. The glass is clear and photos shot through it are true. There is some vignetting at the wider apertures with a full-frame sensor, but I like to add vignetting to my photos a lot of the time, anyway. The vignetting is not unlike other 50mm lenses, though and some cameras are capable of canceling it out. It's my favorite lens already. I'm new to Nikon, but have used a competitor for decades. April 21, 2011
I absolutely love my 50mm 1.4! I went from using the kit lens to using my new 50mm and I will never go back. Now I just need to add the 85mm to my arsenal! April 18, 2011
excellent lens This is a very inexpensive lens but don't let that fool you, this is an excellent lens for portraits or what ever else you wish to use it for, the quality of the images that you can get with this lens is breathtaking, for a lens that's under $200 you would expect average photos at best but it's completely the opposite, a great lens for very little money, BUY IT you won't be disappointed April 17, 2011
Amazing Lens It is my Favorite lens! Takes creamy photos and shallow depth of field! Love it! Also great for low light photos. You should get this lens! April 16, 2011
Excellent walking around lens I really like my 50mm f/1.4D lens. I bought it after testing it and the 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor - I found the larger aperture and greater sharpness to be worth the slightly more expensive price tag. I shoot a lot of models with this lens on my D3. It is also great for street photography, candids, and environmental portraits. In a world of zoom lenses, a fast prime still has a place in my bag. April 16, 2011
Add it to your bag I shoot this lens with a D90 and it gives exceptional results. April 15, 2011
A Great lens! This lens is my "go to" for Head & Shoulders portraits and for when I need a little more reach than I get with my 35mm F2D. I shoot a DX format Nikon D300s and though this makes the lens a "75mm", I've gotten used to the "Crop factor". Some say the bokeh of the 50mm 1.4D is harsh, but I just love the typical "50mm" DoF rendition that I get from this Nikon classic. April 15, 2011
I shoot with a D200 and have been disappointed with the quality of photo until now. Using an off brand lens was okay, but lacked the high end quality expected from a Nikon product. Matched with a Nikon lens, the results are incredible. You get what you pay for. Don't go cheap on lenses. March 7, 2011
Great Lens Great product Fast focus Excellent in low light conditions January 10, 2011
Just a great lens It is hard to find a bad 50mm lens. And in that tradition Nikon has continued to make a world class 50mm f/1.4 lens that just does the job. I put it on my D700 for a One lens/One Camera challenge to me. January 3, 2011
WOW - f/1.4! I know the title is lame, but it is just what I think when this lens comes to mind. It is so good in low light, a true performer, with sharp edges which require little cropping. December 8, 2010
Great Prime This is a great prime lens for use in low light and/or high shutter-speed situations. I frequently use this lens for indoor photography when flash use is prohibited, such as photographing family members in plays, dance recitals, and the like. The f/1.4 allows me to capture moving objects, even in low light, and still get high quality images. I primarily use this lens for the aforementioned purposes, but it is also a great all-around lens. It is very sharp and produces high quality images at all apertures. Have used on Nikon D50 and D80. December 7, 2010
Never leave home without it I really never leave home without it especially when I have to shoot indoors for concerts, and portraits. This is the go to lens even for shooting at night with how sharp it is at wider apertures. I have gotten some truly great shots with this lens and I recommend it for both full and cropped frame bodies. August 5, 2010
beautiful this lens is one of my favorite, the shots I get with this lens especally candids are wonderful, always sharp or soft, well lit, perfect colour, it takes the shot just the way you want depending on your settings, if anyone can't get great results with this lens, well al I can say is either the lense or the camera is damaged August 3, 2010
Outstanding performance in a small package. This lens is by far the bang for the buck. The amazing sharpness makes it useful for and assortment of situations. Its fast response and big aperture make it ideal for all around shooting. I have used this lens in weddings, portraiture and sports photography and it has not let me down. August 2, 2010
Great prime The 50mm prime is the one lens all serious beginners should get. On a 35mm film camera and a full frame digital camera it approximates the natural angle of view of the human eye. For this reason it is a great lens to use in learning. This little lens is fast and produces crisp, clear images from corner to corner. This is not a macro (micro) lens but close up photography with this lens is outstanding. August 1, 2010
Simple but Truly AMAZING Lens The more I use this lens the more I'm convinced that the new G version was an unnecessary waste of resources to produce but again Nikon is known to perfecting the term of "Continuous improvement". If you already own this lens, I don't see a reason to upgrade to the G lens. THIS IS A CLASSIC!!! July 31, 2010
Good value for DX range of DSLR bodies Got this specifically for my D90 body because it very nearly matches the 85mm F/1.4. Had I an FX body I would have had to use the 85mm! I haven't given it too much to do but the portraits I have done are up to my standards and with a soft filter it is hard to find any difference in the results from shots taken with the FX format and an 85mm F/1.4. So for a person using a DX body to make portraits, this is a lens worth a whirl. July 30, 2010
The best in low light, and general purpose This is one of the most versatile small lens that I can carry if I had to pick one lens. It handle low light with flying colors. I can be used as a moderate portrait lens in a pinch. I've had mine for over 14years and it'll probably stay with me forever. It works on my D700 very well, and lets me capture subtle light in very dark places, like night club, with only ambient light, or spot lights. In some case where f2.8 lens would have made it almost impossible with out a flash. Also being able to grab the aperture ring unlike the G-series gives it faster control, as well as backwards compatibility with older film cameras(F3, F4). Tip: I prefer to use this lens with metal lens hood without the lens cap for speed and protecting the front glass element. The suggested rubber lens hood takes longer to set up, and it started to peel from its mount after a couple of years. July 30, 2010
Love this lens! This is the lens that I use the most indoors; it's great for low-light photography. I just ramp up the ISO, if necessary, on my D700, and most of the time my subjects (usually my sons) are unaware that I'm taking photos of them. Wonderful quality and well worth the price! July 30, 2010
Excellent Prime Lens I have nothing but great things to say for this lens. It is super fast, super sharp from f2.0 up. Even at 1.4, it is still reasonably sharp. It's a great lens that out to be in everyone's bag. July 30, 2010
Essential low-light companion + Reliable performance; as expected, soft at f/2 and below, but entirely usable + Fast auto-focus for a mechanical lens + Small and lightweight - Plastic finish will quickly show signs of use; white lettering is only painted and may disappear after time - Bokeh doesn't look very good July 30, 2010
An exceptionally clear lens I have used this lens for travel, portraits and landscape photography. The spot on clarity in my prints has been most rewarding. With thousands of images shot it has worked flawlessly. July 30, 2010
My go to lens This lens lives on my camera. Its sharp, fast, lightweight. July 30, 2010
The 50mm f/1.4 is a fast lens, superb glass, lightweight so it’s easy to carry, great for travel photography, inside churches, museums, etc. where flash photography is not allowed. I find the best performance at from f/2.8 to f/11 and I always use lens hood to avoid flair. This is one of two lens I always have in my bag the other is the 20mm. July 30, 2010
Great for low light When you cannot use flash in low light situations, such as at concerts or performances, this lens excels. Obviously at full aperture, the depth of field is very shallow, but this makes for a great way to ensure the subject stands out. Prior to using this lens, my Nikon 4 Photomic Tn came with a 50mm f1.4 lens. When I switched over to digital, first with the D70, then the D200 and D300, I missed the 50mm f1.4, so I got this one. July 30, 2010
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Is this lens compatible with the l810?

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No the lens cannot be changed on the L810
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No, L810 is a fixed lens camera.
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No L810 has a fixed lens that cannot be changed.
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No.Coolpix L810 is a point and shoot camera. The lens on the L810 cannot be remove. This lens is for Nikon DSLR cameras.
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No. The 50 f1.8D is just as sharp and the slight difference in aperture is not even noticeable.

I initially purchased a 50 f1.4D and then tried a friend's f1.8. I ran back to the store and exchanged my 50 f1.4D for the 50 f1.8D. They're almost the same lens!
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stick to the 50mm 1.8D.
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The 50mm 1.8 was just released that lens in my opinion is terrible.
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Is this lens compatible with the D80? And will the autofocus work with it?

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Yes it is fully compatible including autofocus of course which works fine
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Yes. This lens is completely compatible with the D80. Autofocus and exposure both work very well. Unlike the AFS version, you must flip a switch to go into manual focus with this lens. On the other hand, (at least on a D3S) I found this lens to focus faster than the AFS version. I have used this lens on a D80 and it is great.
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Yes. The D80 has a built in focusing motor.
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Is this lens compatible with the D3000?

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Will this lens work with the D3000? WIll it auto-focus?

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On D3000 you can use this lens only in manual focus mode,
but AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G will support your D3000 in auto focus, because it have internal Silent Wave Motor (SWM).
Auto focus on D3000 works with all Nikkor lenses, which started from "AF-S NIKKOR ... or
"AF-I NIKKOR

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If you want to use this lens on a D3000 you will have to achieve focus manually since the camera body doesn’t have the internal motor for AF.
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Is this lens compatible with d40?

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You can use this lens but it will not have the AF for the D40 or D40x. In order to get the AF, you will need to get lens with (G).
 
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D40 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

You may want to try the AF-S version of this lens.
 
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What's the actual (what I see) focal length of this lens on a DX body and FX body? Also is the 50mm 1.4G the same focal lengths?

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With the crop factor on the DX camera, you will most likely be approximately 75mm but it is 50mm on FX. This lens is and FX and I'm not sure if I'm right or not.
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The focal length in FX and DX is 50mm.
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With this lens i will have to stand away how many feet from the subject to take a protrait photograph?

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Depends on whether you want full body, head and shoulders or body parts, its up to you how close you want to get so nobody can really give you a definative answer.
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The Minimum Focus Distance is 1.5ft.
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Compatible with D5100?

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Because the D5100 lacks an AF motor? Instead, should I look at the AF-S 50mm f/1.4G?
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Will not auto focus
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Will this lens be perfect for the D7000 blured background?

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It is a good lens and as Joe says creates nice bokeh. You have to be very careful though when using a lens like this with a low aperture, as it is easy to not get the focus not quite correct when focusing (for portrait mostly focus on the eyes) and this can ruin a photo.
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Yes, when used correctly it produces a very nice bokeh.
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D60?

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Yes, but if you need AutoFocus you'll need to get the 50 f1.4G.

It won't autofocus on your body.
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It will work but manual focus only, neither the camera or lens have built in focus motors.
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