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

(based on 1342 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (198)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (929)
  • Lightweight (888)
  • Nice bokeh (711)
  • Consistent output (686)
  • Easily interchangeable (616)

Cons

  • Slow focus (134)
  • Weak casing (40)
  • Blurry focus (26)
  • Heavy (17)
  • Tough to attach (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (915)
  • Weddings (593)
  • Night photography (555)
  • Landscape/scenery (325)
  • Sports/action (143)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (500), Semi-pro photographer (343), Pro photographer (180), Casual photographer (91), Enthusiast (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (898), Yes (70)

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

 

A big step backwards

I'm a full-time photographers of 9 years and this is my 3rd 50mm 1.4. The previous two were the Nikkor 1.4D model (which is still available on BH). The 50 has been a...Read complete review

I'm a full-time photographers of 9 years and this is my 3rd 50mm 1.4. The previous two were the Nikkor 1.4D model (which is still available on BH). The 50 has been a workhorse for me and has been used for pretty much every job I've been on. So, when the new 1.4G came out I got excited and sold off my other two 50s. I mean, cummon, Canon stepped up their game with the 1.2 and I assumed that this was Nikon's response.

I could not be more disappointed. The lens feels poorly made, it's lighter and most importantly... it is SLOOOOOOW. The image quality isn't any better than the previous lens. My 1.4 used to be my go-to lens for low light scenarios but this new lens doesn't respond well. I've stuck by Nikon for a long time and am really disappointed!!!

I'm about ready to put it up on CraigsList and buy a new 1.4D before they stop making it. I hope this review saves someone else from making the same mistake.

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5.0

Great Prime Lens

By Bob

from Wisconsin

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

I have only been shooting with this for a couple weeks, but it is outstanding. It's fast aperture allows for great specific focus, and also allows for much better indoor use without a flash. I'm very happy with it.

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5.0

Stunning

By Amy Joy

from Central VA

Verified Buyer

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

Having never used anything but a kit lens, I am astounded by how much better this lens works. Indoor shots! So much more power to capture images in a wide range of circumstances! This one lens has catapulted me forward. Wow.

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4.0

nice lens

By shiboo58

from Tucson

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Would use this lens for low light situations, landscape and indoors close up photos

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    • No

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    5.0

    Try it, you'll love it.

    By Photo Grams

    from Ogden, Ut

    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
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I have a 50mm 1.8 manual focus. It's a great lens, sharp, great Bokeh but really slow focus. I needed something that would auto focus. This is super fast and accurate. Once in while it gets hung up on what to focus on. Most of that is getting correct camera setting. This new lens is super sharp, great in low light. It can focus with almost no light at all. I have a 24-70 zoom which I love but it weighs about 4 times what this baby does and the F1.4 does most of it better, except the zoom thing. I find myself leaving it on my camera and the very expensive zoom sits in the bag. Bokeh is fantastic, it will do what ever you want very easily. It is for sure the best cost value lens I have ever purchased. I have always been a zoomer but I may turn into a primer. As my man KR would say, it's very plastic y. I'm not one that goes out and shoots in harsh conditions. I try to take pretty good care of my gear. Plastic is taking over most things these days and usually it's pretty good. This lens is no exception. Despite the plastic it seems well built and relatively rugged. I'll trade carrying it around all day weight for metal any time. What really matters to me, as well as to most, is quality of the final product. Try it, you'll love it. Happy (photo) shooting!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing clarity!

      By Plantz Productions

      from Colorado

      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
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        The NIKKOR 50mm has become my new favorite lens. The clarity and sharpness of my photos taken with the 50mm 1.4 lens is unbeatable. I am very happy with my new lens and my entire shopping experience from B&H Photo.

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        5.0

        Love it !!!

        By Donna

        from Pennsylvania

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

        I am a novice just starting out in photography. This equipment is easy to use. I get quality pictures. It leaves me plenty of room to grow into a professional!!!

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        5.0

        Just what I needed

        By Deputy Dog

        from Lewisville, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This is going to be what I leave on the camera most of the time

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            • No

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            5.0

            Nice and Sharp

            By Gary

            from Bella Vista

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Street Photography

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

              Very shallow depth of field wide open. Very light and easy to carry on the camera. See s to be very sharp. Great in low light.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice Lens

              By Mumsie

              from Boston

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

              Very pleased with the quality of photos taken with this lens.

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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By Az f16

              from Az

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

              I am a big fan of prime lenses in general, having no zoom doesn't just 'not bother me', but in most cases I prefer it. It forces the person behind the lens to take the time to think and dram each shot the way it is intended. once you spend some time getting to know your lens you start to just know where to be. Zoom lenses are great for events such as weddings where moving to where you need to be may be a distraction, but many other events are easily photographed with prime lenses, especially normal range ones.
              As for the lens, it is fast, sharp, and easy to carry around all day, what's not to love?

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              5.0

              Great Deal

              By Mel

              from NYbest

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

              Very good lens that is also very affordable. Worth every penny. Also the employees at B&H were very helpful.

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              5.0

              Tack Sharp

              By Jcain842

              from Aberdeen, Maryland

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Have Not Found A Con Yet

              Best Uses

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

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

              Great lens for portraits, fast focusing ,lightweight takes super sharp images!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By I M Old

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography

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

                On an D-80

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                • No

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                5.0

                Back to basics

                By DEE JAE

                from Leicester, NC

                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

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

                  I wanted to get back to where I began. Then it was a Canon A1 and 50mm 1.8. I went to the dark side and Nikon when Canon went to a new lens mount and we fell out! That was then and this is now, Canon still make great products but I will stick with Nikon and for the first time in years I have a prime, pin sharp, 50mm and a whole new relearning curve. I used to favor the 35mm prime for it extra "width" now I chose to walk a little if needed!

                  Great for general use. All internal focus and did I say pin sharp. This will be my go to light weight lens. I got lazy with the great 24-300mm. Now I will get back to basics and creation.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nikon Af-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.4g Lens

                  By Lori

                  from New York

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

                  I love this lens plus you can get awesome Bokeh. I hope I spelled it right? Because it's 1.4 opening you can get spectacular shots of people, animals, and such. Nikon makes a nice solid lens with the extra kick of the 1.4! Buy it the price is so worth it!

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                  5.0

                  Love this lens!

                  By KMO

                  from Minneapolis

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

                  This is a staple lens for photographers at any skill level. Takes beautiful photos and gives the great bokeh effect when set at a low aperture. Very pleased.

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                  3.0

                  Like the lens but replacement for previous

                  By Keane on photography

                  from Livermore, Ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Like this lens. It's everything they say. However, my previous had the focus drive go out while still on warranty. Sent it back for repair. Now just over a year after repair it has gone again. The cost to repair not worth the risk of it going out again. I purchased the lens again with an extended warranty. This lens has this problem frequently it seems if you research. Buy the warranty. Can't give it more than 3 stars do to not only the problem but the downtime. It's a lens everyone should have in their bag however.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing!!

                  By maketorres

                  from Fort Gratiot, MI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  A must have lens!! What a beautiful depth of field it gives....Highly recommend!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  50 f/1.4G

                  By Don

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • 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 Lens:

                    Have Nikon 28-70 2.8 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 but needed a simple average lens for travel and quick candid shots. Considered the 85 and 50. This lens, even thought is doesn't cost $ or more works great. It produces wonderful portraits and still life images. Obviously the 1.4 gives many options of depth of field. I should have been carrying one in my bag. Now it's on my D2X and I carry a couple of other lenses.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By Jersey Steve

                    from Atlantic City, NJ

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    This lens is perfect. Great in low light, tack sharp, fast focus.

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