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

(based on 1144 reviews)

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    (943)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (172)

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    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (837)
  • Lightweight (786)
  • Nice bokeh (624)
  • Consistent output (611)
  • Easily interchangeable (549)

Cons

  • Slow focus (117)
  • Weak casing (35)
  • Blurry focus (20)
  • Heavy (16)
  • Difficult to clean (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (805)
  • Weddings (524)
  • Night photography (493)
  • Landscape/scenery (269)
  • Sports/action (128)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (434), Semi-pro photographer (305), Pro photographer (153), Casual photographer (84), Enthusiast (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (770), Yes (60)

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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4.0

So far, no complaints.

By reservoirclerk

from Omaha, Nebraska

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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:

I've only been using this lens for a couple weeks but I've found very little to complain about so far. I've used several different fast fifties over the years and this one is about as good as any. In particular, it's much sharper wide open then most other lenses at similar apertures. The only downsides I've found are the autofocus speed (it's usable but not particularly quick), and the build quality (it's not poorly put-together but it is light and plasticky). Given the price however, these are perfectly reasonable tradeoffs.

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5.0

Perfect choice for low light situations

By Too Rock Stable

from Newport, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action

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

    We own and race harness horses. I use this lens both at the track and at the barn. Love it!

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By José Enrique

    from Guadalajara, España

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      easy use and great results.

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      • No

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      5.0

      One more in my tool kit

      By Explorer

      from Kansas

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Great landscape lense

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        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Rommelito

        from Bogota, Colombia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          I got the lens in time.
          It is an excellent product.
          I hightly recomend the person who solt the product.

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          5.0

          Perfect Lens

          By Elena B.

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

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

            Great portraiture lens. f1.4 is way to blurry but f1.8 and up is perfect.

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            5.0

            Sharp, fast standard lens

            By Bill McGrath

            from Western States RVer

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Every photographer should have one good 50mm lens with a fast aperture. This lens is part of my set of primes: 28mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 and the 105mm, f/2.8 macro. Auto-focus is fast and quiet. Optics are sharp from corner to corner when stopped down a few stops. Almost no lateral CA. Minimum distortion. Smoothe bokeh, What's to complain about?

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              5.0

              Compact, all around winner

              By Bill

              from Northeast PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                Useful for keeping a slim profile when hiking or touring. Light weight. Amazing bokeh using large lens openings. Things sharpen up nicely using higher f-stops. Perfect for low light situations. Does most things well when you just don't feel like lugging a bag full of lenses.

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                5.0

                Wow!!

                By scarey

                from Mokena, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  It took me a few weeks to experiment and work with this lens before the aperture settings became second nature and I'm now so happy with this lens. After working for years with heavier lens, I just couldn't believe how light it is. Great clarity, sharpness, depth of field and amazing light in darker situations. I use it for portraits and close shooting. It was everything I was wanting.

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful Results

                  By AV Jake

                  from Ithaca, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I use this lens for video interviews and portraits. The extreme sharpness and contrast is matched by the buttery out-of-focus quality exhibited by this lens. It doesn't cost much more than the 1.8G but the visual quality feels like a major step up.

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                    5.0

                    Nikkor 50mm

                    By Fgohoto

                    from Austin tx

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

                    Love it

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                    4.0

                    Great Prime Lens

                    By Roogs

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Blue Light Relection

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Since picking up this lens, it has become my primary lens for personal work. I have multiple lenses but this is my only prime since going digital. Work has required me to use other lenses but it has remained my go to when taking my camera out of the bag. I have had some issues w blue reflections showing up in shots where there is blow out light behind the lens. Some of this could be user error though, not all. Would give 5 stars if not for encountering this, also only had the lens about 2-3 weeks so no idea about long term issues.

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                    5.0

                    Nice

                    By Dorisis

                    from Farmingdale, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Geat little lens.

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                        5.0

                        Great luminous lens!!

                        By Chechotazo

                        from Colombia

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

                        It's a little lens, but it have inside a powerful and luminous image that make better one camera shot.
                        It focuses quickly and silent, even if the subjet it's moving on.
                        It's my favorite lens now!

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                        5.0

                        a great addition to my Nikon D7000

                        By EdSu Photography

                        from West Nyack,

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Used the lens many time already, i don't have words on how awesome this lens is. Did a photoshoot/portraits a while back and i got completely spectacular results. I strongly recommended specially to someone that does portraits

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                          5.0

                          Great and $$$ choise

                          By Angelo

                          from Boston

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            All is great on this lens !!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            The best portrait lens for DX

                            By Scott the Disney Photographer

                            from Colorado Springs, CO

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I read a bunch of the reviews, both on B&H and some other sites about how awesome this lens is. We have not taken the Disney World trip yet (next month), but so far, of the pics I have taken, all the hype is true. I can't believe the clarity and sharpness of the lens. Keeping at f/4-5.6, the sweet spot for the lens, is perfect for portraiture, particularly considering on DX, it's a 75mm lens, the perfect portrait mm. The added bonus: when I switch to FX, I don't have to ditch the lens. It becomes my normal 50mm. Can't wait to get my little girls in front of all the princesses with this lens. Should be awesome.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent lens, well worth the $$$

                              By Chris G

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                                I love this lens. It does what it should, with no fuss. Great to have the 1.4 aperture.

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                                5.0

                                Web

                                By Stepha

                                from Ecuador

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

                                Great

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                                5.0

                                Perfect addition to my other lenses

                                By Francis

                                from St Petersburg Fl

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • 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 Autofocus Lens:

                                  Excellent for travel photography

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                                  • No

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