Excerpt: Since my daughter shoots a DX consumer body, I was excited by the prospect of a Nikon prime lens that she could use, too - and that would have auto-focus capability on her camera. So, I bought this newer 1.4G version as a replacement for my Nikon 50mm 1.4D, that I use on my FX body. When I first handled the lens, I was dissappointed by the bulky, plastic/cheap feel of it.
Excerpt: Very disappointed. Did not meet my expectations or needs. It restricted my ability for a wider shot, and the quality of the picture. Received better of both from my 18-105. Will request an authorization to return and refund.
Excerpt: I bought this lens because my other lens is and 18-200mm. I thought it would be great to have a prime lens as an alternative. I mostly take portraits. Almost every picture I took was blury. It just wouldn't focus properly. It could be operator error, but I don't think so. I ended up sending it back.
Excerpt: I ordered this lens as soon as it was released. The first copy I received simply would not focus. It was really soft. I returned it for a second copy. I kept this to have the length, but it is fundamentally dissapointing. The focus takes more than a second to go full range. The focus frequently gets stuck requiring me to press the focus button several times before it inches its way to focused (on a D700). The lens is a bit soft at f/1.4 until f/5.
Excerpt: We were so excited to purchase this lens, but let down when it arrived. The auto focus was so slow it was impossible to get a sharp image, while shooting children or any moving object. It may be great for still photography where you have time to manually focus. We used this lens on our nikon d300 camera body. It may work better on the larger format bodies like the D3?
Summary: I have owned the 50mm 1.8d, 1.8g & 1.4g, and this is by far the worst of them all.I am a semi pro wedding photographer, and use a D700 as my main camera. I upgraded though the 50mm range until I reached the 1.4g. I have been so dissapointed with it's performance that I have 'downgraded' back to the 1.8g, which to me is a much better behaved lens in every way, and you only lose 2/3 of a stop from the 1.4.Not that that really matters, because the 1.4 is extremely soft...
Pros: Focus Hunts, Heavy Vignetting, Lightweight, Poor Low Light Focusing, Soft Wide Open
Cons: Focus Hunts, Heavy Vignetting, Poor low light focusing, Soft wide open