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

(based on 1338 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (197)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (927)
  • Lightweight (885)
  • Nice bokeh (709)
  • Consistent output (684)
  • Easily interchangeable (613)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (912)
  • Weddings (591)
  • Night photography (553)
  • Landscape/scenery (324)
  • Sports/action (142)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (498), Semi-pro photographer (342), Pro photographer (180), Casual photographer (91), Enthusiast (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (895), 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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(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

50mm f/1.4

By Jim B.

from San Diego

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

Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm sure it will be of the same quality as all B&H/Nikon products

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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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              • No

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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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              5.0

              Must have lens

              By Temple

              from New York, NY

              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 Lens:

                This lens is a must have. I shoot primarily in urban settings, so its size, speed and versatility make it the perfect lens for travel and exploring the city.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Worth the wait!

                By Shutterbug

                from Northern California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Portrait Photography

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

                I gave my 50mm f/1.8D to a family member about a year ago & had intended to replace it with the 50mm f/1.4G. It took me awhile to be in a position to buy this lens but I am really happy with it. If you are looking for a "normal" lens with tack sharp focus and bokeh that can't be beat, this is the lens for you. Run, don't walk to your keyboard and order it over the internet from B&H Photo, the best supplier of photographic gear in the country!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By JenD

                from WA

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

                Exactly what I had hoped for! Quality portrait shots w/a nice bokeh.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great lens and price

                By Ashley

                from Massachusetts

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

                This is a great lens for the price! Highly recommend for those looking for a 50mm portrait lens

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