AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
A brilliant, tack-sharp, butter-smooth bokeh, low-light speed demon.
Bought the 35mm 1.8G DX along with my D7100, and it never leaves my bag. The 50mm 1.4G is now my go to choice when I'm chasing my toddlers around my house, running and gunning. The "keeper" rate is off the charts and I'm nailing focus 80% of the time, even with my fast-moving "targets." Sharpness, color and contrast is amazing wide-open, and has really elevated my photography to the next level, if you'll excuse the cliche. I'll probably go "full-frame" in the future, and I'm glad thus little gem will be able to make the move with me.
On a side note, remember that only FX-compatible lenses will make the transition with you if you upgrade to a full frame body later. Good glass is key to producing good images, so invest wisely.
March 17, 2014
Great all purpose lense
This is my first FX lens. After dropping $3K on the D800E, I wanted a good portrait lens at a reasonable price. The 50mm f/1.4G has certainly exceeded my expectations for a lens in the $500 range. Auto-focus is spot on , photos are sharp and crisp, great colors and very good bokeh. At 1.4, I can take low light shots without a flash. I am very glad that I chose the 50 1.4G as my first FX lens. I highly recommend!!! Every Nikon owner should have one in their camera bag.
October 19, 2013
You can focus close to you target, and it has a realy nice bokeh, it`s a great lens for a good price!
August 26, 2013
For the price and quality, this is a must have lens for anyone who has a Nikon DSLR.
Since the purchase, it has been my indoors go to lens. The images are sharp, auto focus is right on, light, and the manual focus overwrite works great. Perfect portrait lens.
If you are considering buying this lens or some other lens, buy this one first!
And I believe this lens should have a gold ring on it. just saying.
July 23, 2013
Compact and Sharp
This lens is very clear and very sharp on my D800 firing at 36mp. Focus is fast (fast enough for most of us anyway) even in low light and there is almost no distortion. Dollar for dollar, in the context of fast lenses, this 50mm 1.4G provides a great value to the consumer.
This is one to consider for an everyday walk around lens or a compact/light carry in your pocket lens for when evening sets in. It is fast becoming the lens I leave on my D800 most of the time.
April 6, 2013
Great Go-To Lens
Just received this lens and I am thrilled with it. Great in low light and for portraits. I find it to be fast and the bokeh is nice and smooth. The lens is substantial on my DX Camera.
February 20, 2013
A very fast prime lens perfect to start your Nikon adventure
There is no situation where this lens cannot win over many others. It is very fast, very sharp, very light and with a good price. Stop it at f/2 if you crop huge pictures to maintain picture perfection. Full open it gives some vignetting and softness at the corners which are just as expected. A lens to always have, mounted or in your pocket.
February 2, 2013
Sharp, Nice Contrast & Affordable
A wonderful lightweight lens rendering sharp, brillant images consistent throughout its aperture range. Careful focus when shooting wide-open will be rewarded by sharp images. The bokeh from this lens I've found to be quite nice. AF is smooth, quiet and fast enough for my needs plus the feel of the focus ring when manually focusing is perfect. This lens has been a great addition to my camera bag. Thanks Nikon!
January 13, 2013
Clear & Bright
This review is about the 50mm 1.4G, catalog 2180.
I decided to buy the lens for low-light situations, such as indoor ceremonies. I was not disappointed; the lens is admirable. Keeping the settings of my D5100 camera the same, I tried other lenses and found that this lens gave consistently brighter, colorful indoor shots. As can be expected, the field of focus gets short when the aperture is opened. A couple of cropped pictures are attached to illustrate the lens:
One photo shows a meteor trail from the recent Perseid meteor shower. I used a manual setting at 1.4 and a 1.3 second time exposure. No one beats Nikon for photography in low light.
The other shows a bee visiting the blossoms of a Russian Sage. Bees are constantly moving; so I believe they provide a convenient, conclusive “field test” of the ability of a camera’s computer to quickly appraise the situation and order the focus and aperture of the lens. In other words, the camera and the lens worked well together to get a difficult photograph. The D5100 was set on full automatic – point and shoot. The picture illustrates the narrow depth of field and how out-of-focus objects are displayed. The foreground and background bokeh are consistent.
Image brightness and color are superior.
At 50/75 mm the lens gives a “natural” perspective.
Value for price.
Nice match with D5100.
Careful focus is required, or thoughtful selection of the camera’s focus mechanisms.
A neutral or UV filter to protect the lens.
August 14, 2012
Quiet & Quick
I am very new to the Nikon dslrs, I purchased my camera 1 year ago today(d5100) I just purchased this lense today and absolutly love it! The focal distance is just right and it is awesome for portraits! I would definintly recommend this lense, when using the 1.4 apeture the pictures are stunning. It also takes great stop motion even in the 1.4 apeture. Worth the money!
July 1, 2012
I bought this lens about 2 years ago for my D300, it's fast and sharp.
March 30, 2012
An Exceptional Lens
I have used this lens for a few months now, and I am still impressed with the quality of the images it produces. Sharp as you like from f/2.8 onwards, and nearly as sharp wide open. Focus is quick and quiet, and more importantly, accurate. The images have plenty of contrast, and despite the lack of Nano Crystal Coat, flare is very well controlled.
This lens is perfect as a general use lens on FX, and a short portrait lens on DX. I would highly recommend this lens to any Nikon SLR user.
January 8, 2012
Great Lens - opened box two hours ago!!!!
I just received this lens for my birthday (71), and haven't taken that many shots, but it seems terrific! The images are much sharper than I expected them to be, The lens is lightweight, but obviously sturdy. The few images I took at full aperture show me that this will be a perfect lens for portrait photos of my family and friends. This was one wonderful gift!
November 1, 2011
must have lense
this is a must have lense,ive been using it for 1 month without switching to other lenses,its perfect for portraits and excellent for low light condition. it is remarkably sharp and stunning colors.it also have fast focusing motor,besides lens built quality is great.
October 10, 2011
Super Awesome Lens
This lens has yet to let me down. I love this lens.
I would absolutly recommend this to anyone looking for a dependable 50MM.
September 5, 2011
Great lens for a great price
I use this lens a lot on the dance floor with available light. There isn't a better lens out there to capture the action in low light. I also use it for portraits, food and some action.
August 25, 2011
First, let me say I had the 35mm f/1.8 before and the 50mm f/1.8 so I've seen what the competing lenses can do. This lens cannot be compared to. Apart from the vivid depth of field, the pictures it produces are so sharp and full of contrast. It captures all colors perfectly, I don't find myself having to edit the pictures what-so-ever. If you have the money, I would DEFINITELY recommend shelling out for this lens.
August 20, 2011
Great depth of field and super fast focusing.
i was debating on either buying the 50mm 1.8G or the 50mm 1.4G.
Either way I wouldn't go wrong. But I really like the 1.4G for low situations.
The way the depth of field looks is phenomenal.
I love it and I know I made the right decicion
May 31, 2011
Does what it is supposed to
Lightweight, great depth of field, very sharp .. The perfect lens to just leave on the camera .. My 50mm f/1.4G has found a home on my D300s ...
May 30, 2011
I purchased this for weddings and senior portraits. It is a great portrait lens! The focus is a bit slow, don't expect to get good results if you are going for an action shot. It works great with very little light and you can get away with not using a flash indoors. I am very pleased with the results I am getting from this lens!
April 27, 2011
I have owned two of these lenses.
Both are sharp, has excellent color and contrast, focuses quick, and is small.
Don't expect super sharp results at F1.4, but this is to be expected from any lens wide open at F1.4
My second one with the D7000 needed calibration, but think the body to blame and not the lens itself.
To get different results, you need lenses that do something different to your kit lens. The 50mm 1.4 won't disappoint with that smooth creamy background.
April 25, 2011
A great all-purpose lens
A very, very good lens. I use it for everything; from human portraits, to landscapes, to documentation. It is great for both high and low light, and is very versatile. The lens shouldn't be specifically used for low light, as it isn't best (but it also definitely isn't the worst), and sometimes you have to fiddle with the settings to get a good color. Even though it cannot zoom, I think it is better than most lens, especially considering the price.
Overall, I love my 50mm, even more than some pro lens I've tried. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good all-purpose lens, but doesn't care that it doesn't have a zoom.
April 15, 2011
A fantastic standard lens
The Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G is a fantastic little lens. For the price, I consider it one of the "must-buy" focal lengths on full-frame camera bodies. There are other 50mm lenses on the market, but what makes this "G" lens stand out is it's ability to lock focus on the intended target. When paired with the Nikon D3, focus is extremely accurate. This is true even in low light situations. After having used this lens in tricky situations, I have learned to trust its ability to engage and lock.
Image quality is also excellent. Although it does get better when stopped down a bit. Nonetheless, this lens is sharp when shot wide open. There is a touch of vignetting in the corners when shot at f/1.4, but it is not at all objectionable. Yet, you will notice the difference on a FX camera when compared to other lenses. I also use this lens quite a bit on DX cameras as well. In this configuration, the darkness of the corners is nearly absent. With most RAW image editing tools, the vignetting and slight distortion is easily corrected in post-processing. (For the vast majority of my images, I usually ADD a vignette in post-production.)
This is a sharp lens, with great color and contrast. At f/1.4 it has its own look and I consider the image quality to be excellent. This 50mm is light weight, simple and relatively inexpensive.
April 15, 2011
This is absolutly a great lens.
The optics of this lens are fantastic. When used for night photography, stopped down to about f11 and on a tripod the detail it is able to capture is outstanding. The center to edge sharpness is almost identical, even when opened up the edge to center sharpness is still excellent. It is also small so it is easy to carry around either on the camera or in fanny pack. This is a lens I would recommend to anyone who wants the sharpest image they can possibly get.
April 14, 2011
So much better than the kit lenses
I use this lens mainly on a three year old D300 (have also used it on a full frame DSLR). Have had the lens about 5 months and shot more than 2500 images in that time. Like many of the previous reviewers I found the focus a little slow and sometimes not on at all but that was in very poor circumstances -- very low light indoors with fast moving subjects. I have gotten some very pleasing (although unintentional) blur scenes.
The depth of field is extremely restricted at 1.4 although I have not noticed anything other than a very smooth bokeh. At 2.0 and up the focus is clear, crisp, and, if you aren't trying to stop a 4 yrs old in mid-flight, the autofocus is quick. I have had better luck with increasing the responsiveness of the autofocus by using the center focus option when shooting action. It does not seem to confuse the camera as much.
The lens appears to be built well. No loose rings. I change lenses regularly and have had no issues with mounting and unmounting. For those that like to manually focus, this is a great lens -- I find the camera often does a slightly better job than I do but that is probably my eyesight.
All in all, an excellent lens that is my "go to" lens. It only comes off the camera when I need the zoom or distance capabilities of my other lenses.
April 14, 2011
Great, Lightweight, Beautiful Photos
First prime lens purchased. Have been shooting with 17-35 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 80-200 f2.8. The 50 is so light and the extra two stops make it great for low light. Shooting close and wide open gives a beautiful painterly feel.
April 14, 2011
This is a great lens for everyday use. I actually have this on my new Nikon D3s 90% of the time. The picture attached was taken with my D40x.
April 14, 2011
This lens is fantastic for weddings and portraits. It makes the subject pop out and bold. I love that it gives a shallow depth of field.
April 14, 2011
Best for portraits
This lens changed everything. Before I wasnt sure about my hobby. Now I know:)
April 14, 2011
50mm f/1.4G = Fantastic
This is my primary lens that sits on my FX camera body.
Excellent in low light situations - indoors, outdoors, night time. Just an amazing lens to shoot with because it's lightweight and doesn't take up a lot of room in your bag.
Definitely worth the money spent.
April 14, 2011