REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
NikonAF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1212 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (999)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (868)
  • Lightweight (822)
  • Nice bokeh (658)
  • Consistent output (631)
  • Easily interchangeable (572)

Cons

  • Slow focus (122)
  • Weak casing (38)
  • Blurry focus (21)
  • Heavy (17)
  • Difficult to clean (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (848)
  • Weddings (552)
  • Night photography (518)
  • Landscape/scenery (294)
  • Sports/action (133)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (452), Semi-pro photographer (320), Pro photographer (165), Casual photographer (87), Enthusiast (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (813), Yes (65)

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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 1212 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Absolute must have lens

By Sean

from San Rafael, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is an absolute must have for any photographer, beginner, enthusiast, pro, or otherwise. Tack sharp, great bokeh, great clarity, and good contrast. Shoudl be a staple in in anyone's camera bag and is a bargain at $. Don't wait, just buy yours now.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Nikon 50mm 1.4g is a must have.

    By Sean

    from San Rafael, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      A really fantastic lens and an absolute steal at [$]. Doesn't matter if you're a pro, a hobbyist, or new to the field, this should be one of the first lenses you buy or a staple in your bag. Ultra clear, ultrasharp, and great bokeh. Plus, it forces you to learn composition. Do yourself a favor and grab yourself one of these lenses.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Amazing lens! Super sharp!

      By sylvester

      from So Nv

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Haven't really had a chance to put it through it's paces, but from what I see it's amazing! True colours, fast, accurate and crisp - even in low light situations!

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Sharp Fast Lens! Great Autofocus

          By Chad B

          from Frisco, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I love this lens for general use photography, group shots and full body portraits. It produces great bokeh on a D800e and is decently fast at focusing. Would recommend for any Nikon Full Frame DSLR.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Everything I Expected and More

            By CK5

            from seattle, WA

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

            I was very pleased when I pulled my new lense out of the box. It is very quiet compared to my other lenses and the automatic/manual option is brilliant. Definitely recommend this lense to anyone.

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            great!

            By HVL

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              love it for my wedding photography business - even in the rainy weather

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              My

              By Ron Lykins

              from Campbell

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Low light performance
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is the lens most often on my camera. I use it without a filter because the element is set back somewhat from the front filter threads. I does a great job for me when I do street photography delivering great results, clear and wonderful bokeh. It is light, focuses fast and accurately and delivers the sharpest images I get with my D800. The price is good, I have not tried the other Nikon 50's but am very pleased with this little guy. I can't think of anything I don't like about this lens. Highly recommended.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                the perfect lens

                By silossnapshots,

                from Beaumont, Ca

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  This is the perfect lens for face shots! Crisp lines, sharp focus....perfect!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excelent

                  By MauSan

                  from Mexico

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    For me is perfect for low light conditions, I love the bokeh, works perfectly with my FX D610.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice lens

                    By Ryan

                    from San Diego Ca.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      It works really well on my Nikon D750

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lens, great photographs

                      By KCNfotografia

                      from Guayaquil, Ecuador

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        So far i have used it for portraits with really good results, also used with still life. Nice handling available light. Sharp subjects. Good auto focusing and highlighting subjects. Take the best out of ambient light. Manual focusing could be tricky at first, but once you get to manage it turns into great results and very helpful for outstanding your subject even on a cast day.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Very good bokeh

                        By harry

                        from new york

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        With my DX camera, the lens works nicely.

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Bravo 50mm prime

                        By Trigger Z

                        from Canyon Lake, Ca

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

                        Perfect 50mm. Outstanding quality, no regrets.

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Fast, Awesome Lens

                        By Matt

                        from AusTex

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This lens has allowed me to capture without thought about having to crop for 8x10.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Nikon 50 /f 1.4

                          By Fotojuanmanuel

                          from washington DC

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

                          Is it better 1.4 soft lightweight easy to handle and with an excellent result

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          What she wanted

                          By Ken

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            This is the specific lens that she wanted for professional looking portraits. The low F-stop (1.4) will allow her to easily blur the back ground giving extra attention to the subjects. This will only slightly diminish the importance of the locale.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

                            Share this review

                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excelente

                            By Mgcacho

                            from México

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

                            Un lente excelente de gran calidad

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By Jen

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Portrait

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

                              I bought this as my first fixed-focus lens. I have a Nikon D7000 and this lens works perfectly on my camera. The quality is great and it produces beautiful photos especially for portraits. I was debating between 1.4G and 1.8G before I made the purchase. I ended up with this one and I don't regret my choice. This is a great lens.

                              The only thing that is not so great about this lens may be its price. But I think it worths it.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              nice lens, great service

                              By je

                              from Ohio

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

                              Lens was as advertised... B&H delivered better than expected.
                              Definitely will deal with B&H again.

                              Share this review

                               
                              3.0

                              Eh, So so.

                              By KJ

                              from Washington

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus
                              • Soft focus

                              Best Uses

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

                                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. I can say, side by side, the Nikon is sharper than the Sigma (IMO), but not really as sharp as I'd like. It's definitely not as sharp as the 24-70, as one would expect. I had a hard time getting the right focus at f/1.4 and even f/2.0. Could be bad lighting (or user error!) but seemed a bit soft. Maybe I'm being overly picky, but I've decided to send it back. If I had more time to play around with it I may have a different opinion. I don't think it deserves less than 3 starts and it's decent for the price, but I don't feel it's 4-5 star level.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                Displaying reviews 1-20

                                Back to top

                                Previous | Next »