Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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Had hoped for more
1 week ago
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. I primarily use it for photographing newborns inside.
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
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: 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 on a D3. Comparing this to my other Nikkor fixed-focal length, the 85mm f/1.4D, the 50mm f/1.4D has lower contrast (especially wider open), is softer, and focuses a bit faster. The 85mm has a nearly indescribable pop and look to its images that the 50mm lacks. But it's also three times more expensive, too. It is an excellent focal length for an all-around portable lens. Bokeh is good, but shows heptagonal bokeh from its 7 diaphragm blades.
Summary: Lens are OK but unfortunately arrived without warranty card. Amazon did not send me warranty card after J complaint it is missing. Still J don't have this warranty, but lens work OK and are usable from f2.0.
Summary: I've been using the 1.4 G on my D700 for a couple of years and bought this to replace it while its away for repairs. The bokeh just isn't anyway near as creamy giving softer areas of focus a gritty feel and throwing artificial hard edges into the blur when shooting towards the light. It is sharp however and probably has a fractionally faster focus but on the whole not worth saving the £100 that it costs to get the G version.