Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
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Not an awesome lens
Nima, B&H Photo
25 February 2014
Excerpt: Barrel distortion makes it one of the worst lenses for portrait on DX camera. The main purpose of this lens for a DX camera is taking portraits, however 'barrel deformity' makes it useless! But, it is good in low light situation and somehow a fast lens. Nikon should do a better job about its 50 mm lenses. After purchasing this lens I found out why Nikon shares' rate is becoming more and more anemic.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: After reading many good reviews here and elsewhere on the web, I purchased this lens for use on my D800E. While I was not expecting the performance to be flawless, I was expecting this product to perform much better than it did. My main complaint is this, even after calibrating the lens, from f/1.4 to f/1.8 the focus is quite soft, but usable in a few situations; from f/2 to f/2.8 the images are unusable (at least for me) and focus is very inconsistent accross the lens;...
Summary: I own the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens and thought it would be awesome to have the 1.4 version of my beloved prime lens, especially since I shoot a lot indoors. I was surprised that the Nikon 50mm 1.4g was inferior in pretty much all ways to my 1.8! It's much slower to focus, and wide open (apertures wider than 2.8) the images were very soft.
Excerpt: i hate this lens on my d800. the distortion is terrible. it's so bad it can't be completely corrected in photoshop. and why should i have to correct it anyway? it's about the same distortion as my old canon 24-105 had at 24 mm.and it shoots out of focus a lot. maybe i got a bad copy?i hate wasting money. i'll end up selling this and taking a 200$ loss.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens with the expectation it would be a 'longer' version of the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G. I run my lenses wide open, and at f/1.4, this lens is not very sharp. I wouldn't go so far as to call it blurry, but the focus is very soft. You have to step it down to f/2 or higher to get it sharp. I would highly recommend the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G (aspherical) over this lens at half the price and half the weight.
Excerpt: This lens is very sharp but i got it for shooting in low light with no flash and i found out right away on the first wedding using it that this lens can not focus at all in lower light like in a church or at a dim reception. My 24-70 2.8 will focus in much much lower light them this 50mm. I am very sad that i can not use it for the low light shooting i got it for.
Excerpt: They say it's a standard lens. 50mm is by no means my standard. I made a newbie mistake and I certainly learned a lot from it. The focal length is said to be 50mm but it's more than that on a DX format. You shouldn't buy this lens unless you usually take pictures a good distance from your subject. Plus the filter size is 58mm so if you're like me and you have a 52mm wide-angle macro lens, you're still out of luck.
Excerpt: I'm a full-time photographers of 9 years and this is my 3rd 50mm 1.4. The previous two were the Nikkor 1.4D model (which is still available on BH). The 50 has been a workhorse for me and has been used for pretty much every job I've been on. So, when the new 1.4G came out I got excited and sold off my other two 50s. I mean, cummon, Canon stepped up their game with the 1.2 and I assumed that this was Nikon's response. I could not be more disappointed.
Excerpt: I'd been hoping for this lens for ages and was pretty severely disappointed by the fact that it is significantly slower to focus than the earlier model. I use my 50mm lenses all the time, and do a lot of work wide open with shallow depth of field, so the ability to manually fine-tune focus with AF-S was something that I was very much looking forward to. And if the autofocus performance was as good or better than the older model (as I'd hoped!