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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.
Most Liked Negative Review
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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Nice for nighttime street photography
from Sunrise Manor, NV, USA
Comments about Nikon Black AF-S NIKKOR 50MM F/1.4G Lens:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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
from Federal District, Brazil
You can focus close to you target, and it has a realy nice bokeh, it`s a great lens for a good price!
from Oak Harbor, WA, USA
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.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Compact and Sharp
from Canonsburg, PA, USA
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.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Great Go-To Lens
By JMM Shutterbug
from Colorado, USA
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.
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