Excerpt: I can't say I was super impressed with this lens. I've used the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 with a Canon 5DII and got some pretty good shots. I've since switched to Nikon and figured I'd give this one a shot.
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.
Decent lens, but the 1.8G is just as good for far less money
11 December 2013
Summary: This is a decent lens if it's on sale. The only reason it's getting a mediocre rating is because at full price, I simply can't see it being that much better than the excellent Nikon 50mm f/1.8G. The 1.8G is a flat out bargain, and is the main reason many people might choose not to purchase the 1.4G.
Excerpt: Only reason why I made this purchase was because I needed a 50mm for new Nikon camera. This lens is good with the exception that it hunts while focusing. The lens goes back and forth for fine focusing. If you are impatient, you may not consider this one.
Kayla S. "Photographer who loves to shop :)", Amazon
22 July 2013
Summary: I am a professional photographer (full time for three years) and in those three years I have used this lens primarily. It works for many needs. It can be your best friend - it definitely was mine. But it has terrible chromatic aberration that I just can't deal with any longer.
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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: The quality of the photos is good. However, this lens is strictly for portrait style photos. There is extremely minimal zoom capabilities, meaning that you need to stand quite a distance back from the subject. We use our camera for photos in our restaurants..
Pros: Consistent Output, Crystal Clear Image, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I shoot roller derby bouts and most often the venues are not sufficiently lit. I was using a 50mm 1.8 and an 85mm 1.4. This replaces the 1.8 model and it does a good job, but, quality-wise, it just doesn't feel like the 85mm.