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9.3 out of 10

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

50mm single-focal-length lens with normal picture angle. AF-S Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

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Overall 6
6.0

focussing error

KPJ, Adorama
15 May 2014
  • 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. I'm a little surprised by this----apparently it's a combination of the lens and camera. Otherwise, it seems to work like all Nikon equipment.
  • Pros: Good in low light
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 6
6.0
Durability 8
8.0

Pretty good for the money

studawg, Bestbuy
19 April 2014
  • Summary: Wide open, as with many, this lens is very soft. CA is extremely high. In studio at f11 it's extremely sharp with good color and contrast.
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Overall 6
6.0

What a let down

StuDawg, Adorama
21 March 2014
  • 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. I had to shut this lens down to F11 before it matched the clarity of my zoom. Outside was the similar. The CA at F4 (swapping lenses) is horrible.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent lens, but the 1.8G is just as good for far less money

MisterStorm, Amazon
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. I own both, and spent some time testing both lenses, and in most instances the 1.8G is as good or better.
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Overall 6
6.0

SLOW SLOW SLOW to focus, but a good lens

TAndrews, B&H Photo
19 August 2013
  • 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. The 50mm D 1.4 and 35mm 1.8 are so much better. The quality of photos are the very similar with the 50mm 1.4D being slightly sharper.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Good lens, not great. Eats faces.

Kayla Selans "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. Sometimes it's correctable in post processing, but most often it's not. (At least for me! It's tough. I use LR. Any suggestions?
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Overall 6
6.0

Optically good but

music man, Adorama
25 June 2013
  • 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. Optically lens is very good.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 6
6.0

Nifty Fifty should be called "Yawn"

I See The Light, Adorama
18 June 2013
  • 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. I will still keep my 50/1.4, but only to fill a need between my 24mm and 35mm all the way to the 85mm. The other lenses make my heart flutter, and I use those way more than the not-too-nifty Fifty.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: Boring, Weak Casing
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Overall 6
6.0

Not right for our purposes

adam the foodie, B&H Photo
3 January 2013
  • 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...food and beverage pictures as well as rooms space and guests during entertainment hours.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Crystal Clear Image, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Difficult to Clean, No Zoom Capability
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Overall 6
6.0

Below Expectations

boatmaxer, epinions.com
22 December 2012
  • Summary: Pass on this 50mm. There are better/smarter choices.
  • Pros: Good optics, well built
  • Cons: Not class leading yet priced that way, slow AF-S
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