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NikonNIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (10)
  • Nice bokeh (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Rugged (7)
  • Consistent output (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Video (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing lens!

    I picked this lens up for [$] used (tantamount to stealing :P ) and I enjoy using this lens eve more than my 55-200mm. The crispness of the photos combined with...Read complete review

    I picked this lens up for [$] used (tantamount to stealing :P ) and I enjoy using this lens eve more than my 55-200mm. The crispness of the photos combined with the stunning color is simply amazing. And being able to stop down to f/1.4 makes for some fun low light and nighttime shooting. A must have for anyone starting out on a DSLR or looking for a good prime!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I would recommend this.

    Yes its a great lens but if you really want a 50mm just go for the nikon 50 1.8 auto focus. Yes event though theres a F stop difference the newer 50 is sharper...Read complete review

    Yes its a great lens but if you really want a 50mm just go for the nikon 50 1.8 auto focus. Yes event though theres a F stop difference the newer 50 is sharper and has a better contrast ratio and also does not have as much color aberrations.

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    3.0

    I would recommend this.

    By Daniel

    from San Jose Ca.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

    Yes its a great lens but if you really want a 50mm just go for the nikon 50 1.8 auto focus. Yes event though theres a F stop difference the newer 50 is sharper and has a better contrast ratio and also does not have as much color aberrations.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens

    By Boatbuilder

    from Barnes, WI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Focus shift

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

    I've used this lens for landscapes on my D7000 and more recently the D800e. Due to focus shift you must use Live View to achieve maximum sharpness at infinity, especially on the D800e. At f5.6-11 it is as sharp or sharper than any lens I own, including a couple of Zeiss. Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    I love my NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS

    By Anil Maharjan

    from Kathmandu

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

    I use it all the time, I love the picture this glass takes, I just love this lens, Yes it doesnt autofocus and heavy, but it doesnt make me love it less. :)

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    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great lens but incompatible

    By Naty

    from Boca Raton, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

      Its a great lens and the color is great from what I could use. Sadly I didn't realize it was incompatible with my D90 for some features on it. Otherwise it would have been a great lens.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great standard manual focus Nikkor lens

      By Doctor

      from Athens, Greece

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        This is an amazing manual focus lens. I use it with the FM3A camera. The sharpness is excellent, the contrast is wonderful but the thing you can't find anymore on lenses is the quality. All metal construction, creamy soft focus ring, very small and light. I am a Canon user since 1995 but Nikon did make fantastic manual focus lenses. It is hard to find these lenses now a days so a big thanks to B&H Photo for having them in stock.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sharp lens for portraits,good bokeh.

        By Photo Bug

        from Chicago,IL.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

          On manual focus slrs. Good bokeh.

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          • No

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          this is a must lens

          By ismatullo

          from russia

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bokeh
          • Color
          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Sharpness
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

            the lens is sharp, has amazing color and bokeh

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            • No

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing lens!

            By shutterboy

            from Twentynine Palms, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Great in Low Light
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Smooth manual focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

              I picked this lens up for [$] used (tantamount to stealing :P ) and I enjoy using this lens eve more than my 55-200mm. The crispness of the photos combined with the stunning color is simply amazing. And being able to stop down to f/1.4 makes for some fun low light and nighttime shooting. A must have for anyone starting out on a DSLR or looking for a good prime!

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              • No

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 AIS

              By Matt

              from Champaign, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                This is a great lens for manual film camera. Light weight and the focus ring is very smooth.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By Ellipsis Entertainment

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                  Got it for a 35mm adapter and it is so crisp and fast. Highly recommended.

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens!

                  By Matt

                  from West Lafayette, IN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Focus ring very smooth
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                    This lens works great on my Nikon FM3A. It is very sharp and extremely well built. Focus ring is very smooth and aperture ring has nice solid clicks at every full f-stop marking. Made in Japan of only metal and glass, no plastic. Wish my modern auto-focus lenses felt this solid.

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