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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...Read complete review
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.
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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...Read complete review
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.
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Excellent and Bright Interior Lens
from San Diego, California
Comments about Nikon Black AF-S NIKKOR 50MM F/1.4G Lens:
I use the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens to photograph famous paintings around the world in dimly lit museums. This lens provides excellent resolution, even at f/1.4, with little distortion. Below is a photo of Vincent van Gogh's "The Mulberry Tree" that hangs in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. I used a Nikon D700 camera body, a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/1.4, an ISO of 1000, Tungsten White Balance, and Center Weighted Metering.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Amazing lens for daytime or evening on the town
from Ottawa, ON, Canada
Sharp, fast focussing, excellent low light performance, perfect on my D4 and D810, no worries about tripods and flashes!
from Hawaii, USA
Great lens, it reminds me of my old film camera. It seems that no mater what i take the quality is unmatched.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Love it for indoor basketball
from St. Louis, MO, USA
Purchased this lens because it's a great prime lens / focal length for general purpose use and specifically to improve results for indoor basketball under challenging / artificial lighting conditions. Score! Other lenses have come and gone but this one stays in the bag. 50mm / FX is "right" for a lot of situations -- so everyone should have at least one -- and this is a fundamentally very good performer for the price point -- stills and video... Nikon covered the bases nicely here. The photos are beautiful. Build quality is A OK in my book. If you need a Nikon 50mm for FX you won't be disappointed with this one. Spending 3x as much will not produce better results for 99% of us. Improve your technique instead and pocket the money. Camera bodies will come and go. Glass holds value. This particular lens will always have a place in the bag.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Nice for nighttime street photography
from Sunrise Manor, NV, USA
I have found this lens to be the perfect companion for nighttime portraits of street people in Las Vegas. I use it with a D7100 and it gives me the perfect reach for finding subjects in the crowds of Fremont Street. This is the perfect FX lens to use on a DX body. It is clean, fast, and sure. If you have a DX it makes perfect sense to add this one to your collection. Now go have fun finding your subjects.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not all things to all people
from Portland, Oregon
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.)
from Cherryville, OR 97055, USA
I just got it, and with the f stop breadth It has boosted my creative ability. As a food wine and travel writer this lens will be my go to piece. A great value !
What a let down
from Fremont, CA, USA
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.....
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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.
Excellent image quality!
from Clinton township, MI
It's light, easy to use and gives excellent quality at f/2 to f/5.6. Focus is fast enough for portraits. Cons: - 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
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