Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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5 July 2011
Conclusion: The Nikon 50/1.4 is a high quality, sharp and inexpensive lens with a fast aperture. It is a basic lens and an essential tool for any Nikon film photographer. It is a great portrait lens for a Nikon small-sensor digital SLR photographer.
Excerpt: Handling and features This standard 50mm prime lens is a popular used buy, but still available new for a reasonable discount over Nikon's latest 50mm f/1.4G. New it can be picked up for around £240, or £150 or less if buying used.
Conclusion: Anyone reading this review shortly after that of the Canon EF 50mm F.4 USM will surely be experiencing an uncanny sense of deja vu; the two lenses' characteristics and performance are remarkably similar, as we might expect from designs of similar vintage and optical formula from two of the leading camera manufacturers.
Pros: Excellent image quality when stopped down, Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration
Cons: Distinctly soft at wider apertures, Bokeh chromatic aberration, most visible at wide apertures, Broad blue-coloured halation at wide apertures, Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (essentially disappears by F2.8)
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Summary: Despite the aging design of the lens, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D remains a pretty strong contender in the world of 50mm primes. The lens is not without weaknesses - image performance at wider apertures, especially f/1.4 leaves quite a bit of room for improvement. Vignetting on full frame cameras, as well as pretty nasty flare with wider apertures cause some concern.
Excerpt: This standard 50mm prime lens is a popular used buy, but still available new for a reasonable discount over Nikon's latest 50mm f/1.4G. New it can be picked up for around £240, or £150 or less if buying used.
Pros: Good sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture, Outstanding sharpness when stopped down, A good value used buy, Decent enough build quality
Cons: Screw-driven focus, Falloff at f/1.4, Basic design lacks luxuries of more modern lenses
Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D (FX) - Review / Test Report
9 April 2011
Conclusion: Normal primes have a long standing reputation of high quality for an affordable price and the Nikkor AF-D 50 makes no exception to this rule. The lens is able to deliver very sharp images, at least slightly stopped down.
Conclusion: The summary of this lens’s properties can’t be different from those of its competitors because the results are more or less the same. The final assessment is by all means positive despite several slip-ups, listed in the cons. The lens already from f/2.0 aperture is able to give outstandingly sharp images and, in fact, it is the most serious advantage (next to the build quality) which makes this lens stand out from its cheaper cousin with f/1.8 aperture.
Cons: noticeably „soapy” image by f/1.4,, significant coma,, work against bright light could have been better,
Conclusion: Similar to its cousin (AF 50mm f/1.8 D) the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D is a very good performer. At f/1.4 the contrast is a little on the low side and the borders may be a little soft but from f/2.8 & up the performance is really superb. Distortions are detectable in the lab but not really significant enough to be relevant in the real life. CAs are very low and vignetting is a non-issue except at f/1.4 (on APS-C DSLRs).