Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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Had hoped for more
11 September 2014
Excerpt: I was very much looking forward to this lens, but after some use, I am somewhat disappointed in it. While it is great in low light situations, and I love using it indoors, it yields very soft images with low contrast. Especially when used outside. When shooting wide open at f1.4, some chromatic aberration is seen, which is very frustrating.
Excerpt: I picked this up to go with my small kit of AF-D primes, and to replace both my 50mm f/1.8G AFS and 50mm f/1.4 Ais. So I wanted to like this lens, but noticed some poor performance and decided to test them all out. This 50mm AF-D was noticeably soft and lost contrast at f/1.4, as to be expected. It continued to lack contrast vs the modern 50mm f/1.8G through the aperture range. But what really made me decide to keep my f/1.8G was the bokeh.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I am a demanding amateur and the sample I got of this lens left me fairly unsatisfied. I realize that this was the fastest everyman 50 mm prime that Nikon made for years, so I would naturally expect great things from it. Unfortunately, this thing is so soft at f1.4 that it is basically unusable wide open. There is also serious CA/color fringing all the way up to f2.0. It is very usable at 2.8, and peaks at about f4-5.6.
Excerpt: If you want a good "old school" lens to just leave on your camera at all times this is it! It is not quiet because it uses the motor inside of your camera to focus (no silent wave motor), but it allows for faster focusing than the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Nikkor Lens. If you need a little more speed save money and get the D. If you need better bokeh try the G. The lens is assembled in China, but the parts are still made in Japan as far as I know. I love my 50mm.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I like the lens I purchased okay. I feel that it is not quite as sharp as it should be. I have a 85mm Nikon 1.8D and its performance is far superior. The 50mm is very powerful though; I feel as if this lens works better for close up portrait shots. I used it at a wedding for shots of the wedding party, and if I shot vertically the images were far sharper than if I shot horizontally.
Excerpt: This lens takes crystal clear photos, I like the brightness and details of the photos in low light situations, however, I didn't like the fact that I couldn't adjust the focal points as much as I'd like. Close up shots are one thing, but if you are taking a photo of a group of people in a room, it will sometimes give you a very clear pix of the entire scene or sometimes it will be blurry in areas depending on the distance from the lens…I love the depth of field shots but...
Excerpt: I purchased this with the purpose of using it as AF and MF lens on several cameras including Nikon FM2n, Nikon D300S and Canon 5D Mark ii with adapters. At the same time I purchased a Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2.0 SL-II (Nikon mount) and did a comparison. Although I was losing an aperture stop and slightly smoother bokeh I returned this Nikon lens and kept the Voigtlander which is a much sharper lens, better all around performer at all stops with less distortion, far...
Excerpt: I use this lens for street photography and I have a love/hate relationship with it.The copy I have is very sharp, even down to 1.4; it is also light, compact and non-obtrusive which make it perfect for my intended use.But it also look and feels extremely cheaply built, the focusing mechanism rattles about, the font used on the lens make it looks like a toy camera. [...
Excerpt: I bought the lens for low light work, when I only had a Dx camera, portraits on Dx, and night shots. The lens, when stopped down, is deadly sharp. But, for night photography, this is not a great lens. For instance, shooting constellations, say at F2, results in the stars around the perimeter of an Fx image to turn into little bird shaped flare beacons. Similar for night shots with any kind of point sources of light.