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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...Read complete review
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.
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You get what you pay for
I use this on a D3. Comparing this to my other Nikkor fixed-focal length, the 85mm f/1.4D, the 50mm f/1.4D has lower contrast (especially wider open), is softer, and...Read complete review
I use this on a D3. Comparing this to my other Nikkor fixed-focal length, the 85mm f/1.4D, the 50mm f/1.4D has lower contrast (especially wider open), is softer, and focuses a bit faster. The 85mm has a nearly indescribable pop and look to its images that the 50mm lacks. But it's also three times more expensive, too. It is an excellent focal length for an all-around portable lens. Bokeh is good, but shows heptagonal bokeh from its 7 diaphragm blades. I quite like the heptagonal effect, though.
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Excellent portrait lens on FX or DX
from Reston, VA
Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Camera Lens:
I purchased this lens when I had my D80. It stuck with me on my D7000, and my D600. It's an excellent lens to use for portraits because you can really isolate your subject from the background. The low light capabilities are great, and auto focus in dark locations is much better than 3rd party lens manufacturers. I highly recommend this lens for individuals who really want to get creative with depth of field and have a solid workhorse for walking around.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Glass came from HEAVEN.!
from Lahore, Pakistan
I bought this lens two weeks ago, have done two shoots with it at 1.4 in daylight & artificial light as well. I can proudly say that the D.O.F you get from this lens, DOESN'T COMPARE WITH ALL THE OTHERS OUT THERE. Reason? 1. "TACT SHARP QUALITY/FOCUSING", 2. "SOFT, CREAMY D.O.F", 3. "IDEAL/PERFECT CHOICE FOR D-MOVIES". I own a D800, Its ISO RANGE and the MAXIMUM APPERTURE of this lens, its just PHENOMENOL. Really LIGHT WEIGHT and HANDY, its like im holding A MILLION DOLLAR BILL. :)
I LIKE THE LENS FOR MULTIPLE REASONS. IRECOMEND A LENSE FILTER TO PROTECT THE LENS. i THINK IS PURPOSE IS GOOD FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SHOTS, PORTRAINTS, MOVEMENT AND MUCH MORE.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Wow for Portraits
This is real a fast and easy lens for natural light portrait photos even in very low light conditions. Bokeh is exquisite even on a DX body. Look forward to using this lens on a FX camera when i have one.
(17 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
from Indiana, USA
Great color and sharpness Supurb performance at 1.4f and up Auto focus is fast, manual focus smooth and quick I wouldn't trade it for a G lens, at any time. The only competition this 50mm lens would have is the Nikon 1.2f manual, 50mm.
(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Now I'll nevver need another lens
Great lens for many kind off shoots. Will recomand you to have it with you anytime when you leave for a shoot.
(7 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(13 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
from denver, co
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.
(12 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
from St. Charles, MO.
Sharp and reliable. When I have to have a good photo, I can always count on this lens.
(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
A fast 50mm lens with good performance
I bought this 50mm lens with my D700, to replace my old 50/1.4 AI lens for an autofocus version. This 50/1.4 AF-D lens performs nicely, with surprisingly fast and accurate focus tracking. The only real gripe I have is that it does not come with a lens hood - this is one reason I gave it a 4 star rating!!! There are plenty of situations where the lens hood helps to improve contrast. It took me some time to discover it. My old 50/1.4 AI does have a metal hood which is VERY useful. This metal lens hood also fits the newer 50/1.4 AF-D. Sharpness and contrast suffer a little when shooting wide open (f1.4), but nothing to complain. Bokeh is very nice and smooth. Like others commented, it can produce heptagonal shapes which I like. Colors are very nice and saturated, with good contrast (see above about hood). Last not least, the AF-D version feels solid, but doesn't have the robust and precision engineered built of the manual focus AI (or AI-S). The inner lens barrel (the one that extends/retracts when focusing) somewhat wiggles a little, manual focusing is far less smooth. This is another reason I gave it "only" 4 stars. When I don't need autofocus, I use my old 50/1.4 AI. There is something about that old lens that is hard to describe, but it does show in the pictures (micro-contrast, perhaps better sharpness). For those who don't care about manual focus lenses or must have autofocus, the 50/1.4 AF-D is an excellent and affordable choice. I also recommend getting a lens hood - preferably the metal type as it's rock solid and provides added protection to the lens, aside from improving the picture quality.
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