Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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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.
Excerpt: Purchased for a D600 which already has the 70-200mm f4 lens. Took pictures but when viewed on my large display for photo editing I noticed the primary subject was out of focus. Web search described corrections for AF using the "AF fine tuning". Did that and it seems to be fine.
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.
Excerpt: I have been shooting Nikkor 2.8 zooms for the last 15 years with great results. After reading all the glowing reviews for this lens I couldn't wait to get in the studio to see how wonderful this prime is. I use the 24-120 F4 95% of the time for portraits (and everything else) with amazing results.
Excerpt: I use manual depth of field 50% of the time. I would expect a fixed focus lens to have precise markings for distance/aperture. It is possible to use it if one insists, but it is implemented as an afterthought. If you are like me, I would keep old, manual aperture lenses for this purpose.
Excerpt: Not a bad lens. It's fairly fast and sharp, but the images do not garner a "wow" from me because the focal length and viewpoint is what the eye sees. This standard lens is just that: standard. I am leaving my zoom days of 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 to shooting with all primes.
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.
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.
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.
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.