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8.7 out of 10

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

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Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

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Overall 6
6.0

Not as good as modern lenses

tbuss, Adorama
29 April 2014
  • 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. <br /><br />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
  • Cons: Weak bokeh
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Overall 6
6.0

Just okay... not much over the 1.8D

T. F, Amazon
30 April 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

It's been good to me.

Tangerine, B&H Photo
8 December 2012
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0

Small, but powerful

Meaux1271, B&H Photo
19 June 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged
  • Cons: Inconsistent focus, Tough To Attach
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Overall 6
6.0

Not enough bang for the buck

Anchormoose, B&H Photo
28 February 2012
  • 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...
  • Pros: Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice but not nice enough for MF shooter

MakeItHappen, Adorama
16 January 2012
  • 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...
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
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Overall 6
6.0

Do not recommend

steamru, B&H Photo
22 July 2011
  • Excerpt: Lens is not sharp wide open. It's sharp enough just fron f2.4. 50mm f1.8 AF-S far more better!
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 6
6.0

Ambivalent

bullshark, B&H Photo
5 April 2011
  • 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. [...
  • Pros: Fast, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Cheap Construction, Weak Casing
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Overall 6
6.0

Serious Saggital Coma Flare

Dave, B&H Photo
29 March 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
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Overall 6
6.0

Just an OK lens

Train photographer, B&H Photo
26 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Use mostly for my railfanning activities. Not as sharp as my Pentax 50mm f1.7 lens. Inaccurate (useless) autofocus at distances over 20 feet.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Slow Focus
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