AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
Somewhat slow AF but a Fantastic lens nonetheless
This is a fantastic lens, I was hoping for a bit quicker AF speed, it feels slower than my 50mm f/1.8, but the end result is great. Usably sharp wide open and extremely sharp by f/2.
A great lens
July 10, 2010
My goto lens for D800
Used this lens for my last photo class exclusively, get optics and so sharp from edge to edge. I would recommend this lens on a full frame or a DX format camera as I have used this lens both on my D90 and D800 and and extremely happy and impressed in it's low light ability. Best bag for the money it's nice owning a lens that is able to goto 1.4 stop.
December 21, 2012
Not all things to all people
The lens delivers as advertised in terms of sharpness and light gathering but fails to deliver on some real life attributes. I find this lens slow to focus (compared to 70-200) and occasionally difficult to lock focus (with a D600.)
April 14, 2014
Excellent image quality!
It's light, easy to use and gives excellent quality at f/2 to f/5.6. Focus is fast enough for portraits.
- Pictures are soft at f/1.4-f/1.8
- greenish and pinkish color fringing at wide apertures when shooting against a bright background (noticeable during inspection)
- lacks a lot of Nikon's top end technology which would have made this one an excellent performer
February 16, 2014
I love this so much i take it everywhere i go. It is super sharp. I love the auto focus, it works amazingly with my D3100. Its a great beginner lens, i would highly suggest this for people beginning because of how well it works. Honestly great product.
June 21, 2012
A valuable tool as long as you understand the limits of wide aperture shooting
I don't see it as being any sharper than my 24-70, but it's much less obtrusive and easier to handle around delicate objects and in restaurants. A nice piece of glass esp. if you need the wider aperture.
One caveat when shooting food or other up close subjects at f/1.4: you will not believe how shallow the depth of field is. This can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're doing. The more distant the subject, the less of an issue this becomes.
May 1, 2012
Defective lens replaced under warranty
I originally purchased this lens in Dec., 2010. I was only using my D3s and this lens for still photography; however, in the spring of 2011, there was a need to shoot video. The 50 mm lens that I purchased demonstrated a product defect only realized when shooting video. A complete investigation of this problem in conjunction with Nikon Service/Support was very time consuming and frustrating; however, my dealer eventually replaced the lens under warrenty. The replacement lens is fine in all respects.
October 15, 2011
love this lens in most circumstances. i use manual about 80-90% of the time. super sharp, nice bokeh, fast. but....
i havn't found that the auto focus responds really fast. i don't have any other auto focus nikon lenses to base it off of so i can't say if that is all nikon's or just this one.
April 20, 2011
My favorite portrait lens on APS-C
If I am going to be taking pictures of people (read grandkids) this is the lens I want on my D90. It could focus a little faster, but this lens gets the results I want, allowing me to control depth of field and shoot in existing light.
April 16, 2011
Sharp sweet lens
Love the lens for all portraits - Fast, Sharp focus, nice bokeh, and reasonable price ( for 1.4 when you are not a pro), makes this a favorite lens
April 14, 2011
Great low light and standard lens
Great lens! I find I use it more and more for portraits. Makes great photos in available light. Perfect for the times you want to use the available light to set mood or you don't want to haul light stands and strobes. Absolutely saved me when my flash failed and I was shooting for a client.
April 14, 2011
Great Glass...not perfect...worth the upgrade?
I upgraded this lens from the 50 1.4D. Its autofocus is more accurate and quiet but slower than the D on my d700 bodies. The 50 1.4 D would often miss shots below 2.8 and thats why i upgraded. Image quality is similar to the old mode. I wish that nikon offered a more substantial 50mm like the 85 1.4g and 24mm 1.4 g that I own and are better performing wide open and I like the fidelity and speed of prime lenses. I do recommend this lens as its an excellent lens in low light compared to the other D model 50mm lenses and I wont sell it unless Nikon offers a better alternative. The Canon L version my brother owns is better but costs an arm and a leg. When you do this for money, you want the best.
March 2, 2011
Four and a half stars
The lens has very good optics in terms of sharpness, colors, contrast and bokeh. The Auto Focus feature is not accurate to a point that I do all the focusing manually. Despite the f/1.4 aperture it would have been nice to have a VR feature to enhance the lens performance under taxing light conditions.
September 12, 2010
The FX standard lens
Reasonably priced, light and compact lens that is exceptionally versatile on FX bodies, where it can be turned to landscape, portrait or general walk-around photography. The lens can be used wide open with care and has perfectly usable central sharpness, combined with a somewhat dreamy peripheral contrast/softness, that makes for atmospheric images with great perspective. Stopped down even a fraction it becomes bitingly sharp. The build quality is fine without being tank-like, but the AFS motor is rather slow compared to other lenses, though in reality its rarely a problem. Manual focus is relatively easy to tweak as the ring has quite good feel.
Overall a must-have for FX shooters
August 11, 2010
This is a great lens to just leave on the camera. For anyone who is switching from Film to Digital, this is the perfect bridge lens to help make the leap between formats. It is a very sturdy lens which provides perfect versatility under any kind of lighting. I use the lens for High School Basketball. The 1.4 aperture is great for the dark or strangely lit gyms. The only thing I would change about this lens is I would speed up the auto focus if I could, otherwise it is a great lens.
August 4, 2010
very good but not perfect
It is the fastest AF-S and gives EXCELLENT images from f:2 onward. but i get colour fringes at f:1.4 and f:1.8 ( of course i search for it!) . AF is not quick as I anticipated and it does makes noise(sound not camera noise!) compared to my other lenses with the SWM feature ,BUT after all that its so light , sharp and fast that I just ignore two aforementioned problems.
August 2, 2010
I love the images that I get with this lens. I shoot weddings and it is a great performer in low-light situations. It is very sharp and has very good contrast and color. The focus is a little slow, but I don't feel that I have missed any shots because of the focus speed. Especially given the price, I couldn't be more pleased with this lens.
July 31, 2010
Fantastic Optical Quality
Super-Sharp images at super-fast speeds. The 50mm 1.4/G is a fantastic "standard" lens. Great for shallow Depth of Field, handheld night photography, and all around fast lens. On DX cameras, a fantastic Portrait lens, on FX a wonderful fixed lens.
This would have earned 5 Stars from me with Nano Coating, as the lens has some significant ghosting and flaring when shooting anything reflective, moreso than any other Nikkor lens I own, some with and some without Nano Coating. All around solid, durable lens, decent focus speed for the price, and fantastically sharp even down to f/1.8. f/1.4 is slightly soft but still outstanding all the way to the corners.
July 31, 2010
Standard lens state of the art
Used on a D90, this is the lens I choose to photograph my grandkids, who are always in motion. The autofocus is not instantaneous, but it is quick enough to keep up with them. I have read other reviewers criticisms, slow focus, plastic construction, but my in experience this lens is a good working lens that consistantly produces great results.
July 30, 2010
Excellent fast, small lens
This is a great lens for low light no flash small depth of field shots (such as babies, inside where you do not want to use a flash...). It's also very small & lightweight. Excellent for travel if you can give up the zoom / telephoto flexibility.
July 30, 2010
Terrific lens in museums
I bought this lens to use in museums where I could not use a flash. While it works beautifully for images of paintings in ordinary lighting conditions, it will even take good pictures of tapestries in rooms where the light in held to a very low level in order to protect the colors. I have used it in the Victoria and Albert in London and at Chateau Ecouen outside Paris, both in rooms so dark that one could not read a newspaper--but I could take a clear image of their tapestries.
July 30, 2010
I got this lens around December of 2009. Of course, if you're looking at this lens, you already know how well f/1.4 is going to do in low light, and how nice the dof is. I've gotten some amazing shots right out of the camera with this lens. The only thing that was kind of a disappointment was the AF speed. For the price, i feel it should be quicker, but it is accurate.
The lens also feels great in my hands. It's not like the all metal manual focus lenses i have, but it seems like it can still take a beating.
I would buy it again if it busted
July 30, 2010
What a let down
I have been shooting Nikkor 2.8 zooms for the last 15 years with great results. After reading all the glowing reviews for this lens I couldn't wait to get in the studio to see how wonderful this prime is. I use the 24-120 F4 95% of the time for portraits (and everything else) with amazing results.
I had to shut this lens down to F11 before it matched the clarity of my zoom. Outside was the similar. The CA at F4 (swapping lenses) is horrible.
The only reason I gave 3 stars is because it does look great in the F8 to F13 range. Bokeh is pretty if you get past the CA, I can't. This one goes back for a refund.....
March 21, 2014
Good lens but is it worth the money?
I wanted the extra f1.4 so I bought this lens. I must admit, allthough the lens have no major issues, I'm not a 100% happy with it either.
My issues -
1. Lens has a somewhat busy bokeh that doesn't result in the creamy bokeh's I expect from a prime lens that twice as expensive as the closest 50mm prime out there.
2. The lens is sharp in the center only at f2.8 or further. At 1.4, the lens is not all that sharp.
3. The AFS on the lens is slow and it often hunts before focussing in on the subject. I prefer to focus manually with this lens.
In the nutshell, this lens allthough a notch above in terms of build quality doesn't have the optical performance to justify the price.
October 13, 2010
Good if can get inexpensively
Preliminary. Will try again in a month or so. Whilst lens is good, it is no match for the 50mm F/1.4 AF-D. The latest AF-Ds are very good. Always disappointed with Nikkor 50 f/1.4s in one way or another the problem was solved with the ones built from mid 2000s to date. This G Lens does not have the color luminousty, saturation or brillance of the AF-D. But it is reasonably sharp, and sharper than the AF-D at 1.4 and 2.0. Equal at 2.8. From 4 on... well back to the AF-D which is sharper, snappier and possessing that fantastic film like luminous glow for which Nikon is famous. Also this G has noticably more distortion.
Handling orignally felt good, utimately to boxy and not as good as AF-D. Which is more nimble and flexible.
Also, cannot use it on film or renegade video due to G type design which rules it out for many.
Though I don't think this any challenge for the AF-D and at this moment will use sparingly, if at all personally, I would recommend it, even highly if you are going digital only at f/1.4 - f/2.0 where does perform excellently.
And of course, it is still better than most zooms.
And note. Will test later samples. It is relatively new. And we have noticed that historically Nikkor have gotton better with each batch.
August 2, 2010
Very Good General Purpose Lens
This is a good general purpose normal lens that delivers a bright, crisp image viewfinder image. The bokeh wide open is pleasant. Overall, its pictorial qualities are very nice. Those who have a DX sensor will be happier with this lens than those with an FX sensor. I'm taking one star off for disappointing edge sharpness and contrast even at f/5.6 to f/8. Another star off for barrel distortion that I consider extreme for this focal length. This lens performs more like a zoom than a prime and cannot be used for critical work, I'm sorry to say.
July 31, 2010
Quality optics with poor autofocus
Optically this lens performs great, just unfortunately the autofocus leaves much to be desired. The AF-S is a bit of a downgrade from the older versions of this lens, trying to shoot candidly in low light is near impossible, even in good light it takes far to long to grab focus.
Good lens for portraits or landscapes where you have time and your subject is still. Useless for any kind of candid or editorial style of shooting, as its just to slow.
March 19, 2012
I ordered this lens as soon as it was released. The first copy I received simply would not focus. It was really soft. I returned it for a second copy. I kept this to have the length, but it is fundamentally dissapointing. The focus takes more than a second to go full range. The focus frequently gets stuck requiring me to press the focus button several times before it inches its way to focused (on a D700). The lens is a bit soft at f/1.4 until f/5. There is substantial chromatic aberration with very contrasty subjects at f/1.4.
July 11, 2011