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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens USA

You Pay: $419.00
Product Highlights
  • Fast f/1.4 Prime Nikkor Lens
  • Silent Wave Motor/Fast, Accurate AF
  • Ideal Portrait Lens on DX-format D-SLRs
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Close Focusing to 1.5' (0.5 m)
  • Normal Angle of View on FX-format D-SLRs
  • Weighs only 9.9 oz (280 g)
  • Only 2.1" (54.2mm) Long

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens is a standard lens with an ultra-bright f/1.4 aperture, which allows for fast, accurate shooting with available light. It is also the excellent choice for when a shallow depth of field is desired. An ideal portrait lens when used on a Nikon DX-format digital SLR, it approximates the angle of view similar to that of a 75mm lens on a Nikon FX-format digital SLR or a 35mm film camera.

The optical design of this lens minimizes flare and chromatic aberration. The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) feature ensures fast and quiet focusing action, and the nine-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend smoothly to produce natural-looking, harmonious backgrounds.

An ideal prime lens, perfect for full-length portraits, travel photography or any type of available-light shooting.

Note: G-type Nikkor lenses have no aperture control ring and are intended for use on Nikon D-SLRs that allow the lens aperture to be adjusted via the camera's command dial.

Note: AF-S feature is not supported by certain camera models. Please click here for a list of incompatible models.

Silent Wave Motor
SWM (Silent Wave Motor) enables quiet automatic focusing with quick and convenient switching between autofocus and manual operation
Non-Rotating Barrel
Non-rotating front element allows the use of circular polarizing filters and lens-mounted flash accessories
Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Super Integrated Coating (SIC) delivers superior color performance, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
Rounded Diaphragm
9-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend together smoothly for natural-looking backgrounds
M/A Focus Mode
M/A Focus Mode allows fast, smooth transitions, autofocus to manual operation
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 46°
DX Picture Angle: 31°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 2.1" (7.37 x 5.33 cm)
Weight 9.9 oz (281 g)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  • CL-1013 Soft Lens Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    NikonAF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 1192 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (981)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (182)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (862)
    • Lightweight (814)
    • Nice bokeh (652)
    • Consistent output (627)
    • Easily interchangeable (567)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (121)
    • Weak casing (38)
    • Blurry focus (21)
    • Heavy (17)
    • Difficult to clean (10)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (836)
    • Weddings (544)
    • Night photography (511)
    • Landscape/scenery (287)
    • Sports/action (133)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (449), Semi-pro photographer (314), Pro photographer (161), Casual photographer (87), Enthusiast (39)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (803), Yes (62)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nothing like a razor sharp Nifty Fifty

    I am a freelance portrait and event photographer. The Nikkor 50mm 1.4G is incredibly sharp throughout. Of course wide open at 1.4 you need to be very careful as your depth of field is...Read complete review

    I am a freelance portrait and event photographer. The Nikkor 50mm 1.4G is incredibly sharp throughout. Of course wide open at 1.4 you need to be very careful as your depth of field is so thin. I think many experience softness b/c of poor technique and not so much b/c of the lens itself. I'm a huge fan. I had the 50mm 1.8D and recently upgraded and I'm very glad that I did, even though the 50mm 1.8D was also great, especially for what it cost. Definitely recommend this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    First Copy Not So Good

    I guess I got this from the very first batch received by B&H. I pre-ordered it and was really looking forward to spending the holidays taking portraits of the family and friends.From the...Read complete review

    I guess I got this from the very first batch received by B&H. I pre-ordered it and was really looking forward to spending the holidays taking portraits of the family and friends.From the first shots, it was clear (or not so clear) that something was not right. All of the shots seemed to have a soft focus and the colors were not at all saturated. I set up a shot with a test pattern and the camera (D80) mounted on a tripod. I took dozens of shots using both manual and auto focus. Manually, I was able to consistently get very sharp focus, even seeing the dust on the test pattern. As soon as I switched to auto-focus, it became obvious that something was out of calibration. Each shot was consistently significantly out of focus. I received a new Nikon 105mm f/2 dc lens at the same time as the 50mm. That lens is amazing in every way. I have taken about 1000 shots with it and it delivers striking performance. It passed the same tests I subjected the 50mm to with flying colors as did 2 other Nikon lenses.I will return this first 50mm to B&H and hope the replacement is better. It looks like I might need to wait a while, however, as they are out of stock again.

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    5.0

    The Bokeh is amazing.

    By Ashly Nicole

    from houston, tx

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

      This lens does exactly what it needs to. No grain on a high ISO and no need to use a flash, ever.
      I'm able to use it in low lit venues with no problem.
      The only tricky thing is, is manually focusing with the auto focus, but I suppose learning and mastering that comes with use and time.
      Definitely recommend this lens.
      If you have a D5100 or older, this lens is for you!!

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Better than price may suggest

      By Uncle John

      from Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

          I've had more expensive lenses that did not perform as well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Sharp as razor

          By Rebar Kurdi

          from Kansas City, MO

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus
          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

          I got this lens as backup for wedding photography. It is really helpful in low light.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Why did I wait so long to buy this lens?

          By MRockPhoto

          from coastal NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Not good for macro

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

          Great for portraits. I love the bokeh. Works well on my d7000 and d7100.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Nikkor 50mm 1.4g

          By Rob Scoot

          from Morganville, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

          Nikon always has amazing lenses, this one is great for low light and portraits.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fast lens

          By Bob

          from Los Angeles

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

          Great for outside at night.

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          4.0

          Great price

          By Manolo

          from San Juan, Puerto Rico

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

            nice construction and good apperture for the price

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great product for professional photos

            By Ana

            from Lima, Peru

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 14 Aperture
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

            I got this lens for a friend of mine who is a professional photographer. He wants to concentrate on portraits. Delivery and shipping was great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Nikon AFS Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G

            By Momof3

            from Pennsylvania

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

            Have had the lens 2 weeks. So far very happy. Still in the learning stage. Lightweight and easy to use.

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            5.0

            This is a Great Lens

            By Gentleman Jim

            from Delaware City DE

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

              Amateur photographe . Quiet operation, great lens quality good color rendition.

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              5.0

              outstanding lens

              By kk

              from honolulu

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                  one word "fantastic" this lens is great

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                  5.0

                  AF-S Nikkor 50mm - Must Have

                  By Ricky

                  from New York

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                    I have been shooting with one of my father's old 50mm lens - manually. It was great but I couldn't use the light meter in my camera so I bought the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G. What I discovered was why every photographer shooting street shots and special occations should know. This lens is wonderful! It captures plenty of light when you need it. It blurs the background really well on close-up shots and is a pleasure to work with. Go get it! You will never regret this purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp and flexible

                    By John T

                    from Atlanta

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                    This lens performs exactly as advertised. Razor sharp subjects-pick your depth of field! 1.4 adds options for low light situations.

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                    5.0

                    A very good lens

                    By Bellphotography

                    from Imperial, California

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                      I use the lens for portraits and I have to say it is one really awesome lens. It feels heavy in the hands, but that makes it feel really sturdy and durable. The autofocus is really nice and smooth. If you are second guessing your self of not getting it, just get the lens it will be the best decision you have ever made.

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                      5.0

                      exceptionally good fast prime lens

                      By SLL

                      from St. Thomas, VI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                      Use for inside family photos.EXCEPTIONAL lens, fast, no distortion, and in most lighting conditions, no flash necessary.I use it with a new D810 and I am consistently amazed with the photos I have taken so far.(Probably a combination of the camera and lens :))

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                      5.0

                      This Was The Lens I Was Missing!

                      By The Photo Guy KY

                      from Kentucky

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                        Awesome Lens The 1.4 F stop makes it perfect for portrait photos! Can't wait to really use this one!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great travel lens

                        By LFC

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                          Was looking for a way to lighten my load when traveling in Italy for two weeks, walking 7 hours a day. Opted for the 50 mm lens. Not only did it greatly lighten my pack, it also took up considerably less space than my 28/300. Not one situation in which I felt I should have carried something else instead. Great in low light situations. It survived a drop onto a marble floor, camera attached, when my camera strap failed (the filter on front of it was shattered). Great landscape lens on full format camera, makes a good portrait lens when used on standard format camera.

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                          4.0

                          50mm f/1.4G

                          By Ethan

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                          Great lens. VERY SMALL and lightweight. Tiny tiny tiny compared to other pro lenses in the 1.4G line up, such as the 35 and 85. Everyone should have a nifty 50, and the 1.4 is the only way to go.

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                          4.0

                          Good Price / Performance ratio

                          By MaJo

                          from Hackettstown

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                          I read a lot of reviews about this lens prior to purchasing it. The image quality was praised highly, which I can confirm (using it on a Nikon D800) and the main concern was slow focusing. The slow focus is not very noticeable when you are within a similar range to the subject but if you change it drastically you have to wait before the subject is sharp again. I used the lens the first time for a family event and the slow focus made it sometimes difficult to get candid shots. However the images produced are of great quality. I would buy the lens again.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By Mama Photographer

                          from WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens:

                            Am loving the lens- easy to use, beautiful and crisp photos, comfortable weight.

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