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.
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...
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: 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.
Summary: Despite the feeling that Nikon’s D-series lens has been built to an affordable price and uses previous-generation technology, it performs very well. The fact that it is so compact may also give it additional appeal for some potential buyers.
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.
Summary: If having a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and saving pennies are both important then the older 50mm f/1.4D makes a compelling case for buying used. For the sake of around £30, if buying new then the updated lens will probably make more sense.
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
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.
Cons: noticeably „soapy” image by f/1.4,, significant coma,, work against bright light could have been better,
Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D (FX) - Review / Test Report
27 December 2010
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: 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.