Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
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Great all-purpose lens
12 October 2012
Summary: This is my go-to lens. It's small and for the most part would be my lens of choice 90% of the time. I also owned the D version of this lens (which I returned) and I'm much happier with this version. Comparing the two, the major difference was that the D version was very hazy when wide open. I understand some people may like that, it looks kind of dreamy, but I don't care for it.
Conclusion: Great lens. If your just starting out as a photographer like myself, the bokeh is awesome with this. I used it on a D60, the bokeh was O.K., just turn it to landscape to get the f/1.4 and it was very good then...I put it onto my D3100 & it was the BEST! Right on auto it was f/1.4. This is a spendy buy, but i think worth it.
Conclusion: This lens is very very sharp and is does not get any better in low light without a flash. It is also very light and small compared to any zoom lens. This is a perfect walk around lens for a full frame camera as long as you do not mind walking a bit. The bokeh is very nice as well when doing portraits.
Pros: Fast Focus, Low light, Very light, Very sharp
Conclusion: I've had the 50mm 1.8 in my bag for years and have always been impressed with it. I recently saw some pictures taken w/ the 1.4 AFS and was especially impressed with the improved contrast wide open. I decided to take the plunge and am extremely happy with my purchase...I just love this lens. Would have given it 5 start, but it is a bit expensive IMO.
Conclusion: I have used this lens in everyday photography, my walking around lens since I received it. I still find myself backing up a bit to get everyone/everything in the frame, but it is worth it. Background/bokeh is just enough for the photographer to use as a recognizable background (for effect). The lens is fast which I appreciate since I am a fan of using natural light (even at dusk).
Summary: Great lens! I find I use it more and more for portraits. Makes great photos in available light. Perfect for the times you want to use the available light to set mood or you don't want to haul light stands and strobes. Absolutely saved me when my flash failed and I was shooting for a client.
Summary: feels cheap, and looks cheap but does amazing job. I bought this lens after a long time considering it.....mainly because of i had perceived as poor construction quality of it. so, while i was waiting for my 35mm and 85mm, and losing hope receiving them before a trip i broke down and bought this lens. it is not going to be my everyday lens but so what...it is still a very good lens and i highly recommend it unless it you are a perfectionist (like me).
Summary: I upgraded this lens from the 50 1.4D. Its autofocus is more accurate and quiet but slower than the D on my d700 bodies. The 50 1.4 D would often miss shots below 2.8 and thats why i upgraded. Image quality is similar to the old mode. I wish that nikon offered a more substantial 50mm like the 85 1.4g and 24mm 1.4 g that I own and are better performing wide open and I like the fidelity and speed of prime lenses.
Summary: After using this product for about a month and testing it under different conditions, I have learned it's limitations and strenghths. This is a great lens to add to my camera bag, but the limitation I found with this lens is you need to use a shutter speed of about 1/125 or greater for the sharpest outcome. That is hand held and with a sturdy tripod.