Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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Just okay... not much over the 1.8D
T. Fox, 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.
Summary: 50mm 1.4D is nice. The thing is, at f1.4, I cannot get a sharp image, maybe because this lens is not designed for digital camera. When at f2.0, this lens is perfect! So just buy a 1.8D and use F2.0 Also, I think in U.S., 1.4D is much more expensive than it should be. $300 for a new one is reasonable. 1.8G should be better than this. I want a 1.4G but it is too expensive for me... If you want to save money, 1.8D. If you want a powerful lens, 1.4G.
Summary: I bought this lens to use for fast action/sport photography in low light conditions (inside gyms). Worked really well although being only 50mm, you really had to use your feet to frame the pictures. I was able to get some great shots in even the darkest of gyms. I started experimenting with it for everyday use, and found that I really loved the results.
Summary: When I purchased this lens I was looking for a low light lens with the solid construction and exceptional performance I enjoyed with the 50mm F/1.8 lens I used 20 years ago with my Nikon F series. What I got instead was a mediocre made in China lens that hunts and is noisy when focusing. Very disappointed. I already have a the 18-200mm AF VRII lens from Nikon which is an exceptional lens.
Summary: The lens itself works good, but until you can use them... To connect it to the camera (Nikon D300) it needs some work because the connection points are poorly fabricated, the thread is sluggish. Also the cap itself is a mess. No Nikon cap, only a white plastic thing that hardly covers the sensitive connecting points, nothing to screw, only to plug. If you are somewhere dusty or your camera bag is not 100% dust free - you will get no protection.
Summary: This is the only Nikkor Lens I have ever had to send in for service. After very little use over 11 years the aperture started sticking. I was shooting some snow shots today and the entire frame was white. After worrying that my new D300 was broken, I figured out the lens was not stopping down when the shutter fired. After removing the lens from the camera and trying the tab that stops the aperture down, it was clearly sticking.
Summary: I usually shy away from primes, but the small size and large aperture made this one appealing since I shoot at crowded club events. After a few weeks of use, I find that the lens is very sharp stopped down to F/2.8, but at 1.4 images are very soft. Focus is accurate and fast, a definite plus, but that's where all the good ends. I'm disappointed with the build quality as the lens just feels too plastic.
Summary: I've read reviews time and time again that say this is a "must have" in every photographers bag... that may have been true when everyone was shooting film, but with many casual photographers shooting the cropped DX sensor, I don't see much point to this lens. It's an effective 75mm prime lens and sure it's fast... but you need to be more than 10 meters (~30ft) away from someone to get their entire head in the photo.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction