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NikonAF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 596 reviews)

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    (109)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (506)
  • Lightweight (435)
  • Consistent output (342)
  • Easily interchangeable (282)
  • Durable (261)

Cons

  • Slow focus (39)
  • Tough to attach (26)
  • Blurry focus (21)
  • Weak casing (15)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (283)
  • Night photography (275)
  • Weddings (175)
  • General purpose (158)
  • Portraits (157)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (140), Enthusiast (104), Semi-pro photographer (102), Semi-professional (58), Casual photographer (53)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (242), Yes (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AF 50mm F1.4D does what I hoped

I purchased this lens specifically to use at the wider apertures not for more light per se, but for the very shallow DOF. I plan to use this mostly for close ups such as...Read complete review

I purchased this lens specifically to use at the wider apertures not for more light per se, but for the very shallow DOF. I plan to use this mostly for close ups such as still life and food shots, shots where I want a very soft background, candid shots in social gatherings and casual portraits. As bonus, it certainly has given me some "breathing room" in low light conditions.

I checked numerous reviews and this lens seemed to measure sharper from F1.4 through F4 than the AF-S 50mm F1.5G lens, which then measured sharper after F4. I don't plan on using this lens much beyond F4 so I choose the AF-D version.

I am currently using this lens on a D80. So we have full frame lens made for 35mm film cameras being used on a DX-format digital camera. I added the Hoya Pro 1 Digital filter to help eliminate internal reflections that the coatings on the newer design lenses are supposed to eliminate. The field of view is of course more like a 75mm on a film camera so you do get slight image compression you might expect from a telephoto in that range. The slight image compression and effective length of 75mm presents both advantages and challenges.

Personally, I LOVE the color and contrast rendering of the AF-D lenses more so than the modern AF-S lenses. I am sure this will be a minority opinion. At F1.4 I was not expecting razor sharp and it is not, though it is sharp enough for what I wanted. Stopped down a bit it seems as sharp as my other (more modern design) lenses. At wide apertures, the colors are very natural and not overly saturated or contrasty...which is precisely what I wanted.

The bokeh can at times exhibit some "outlines" or appear busy or jagged, though I find this much as the same as on the AF 50mm F1.8D lens that I have tried.

Focus is as fast and accurate as my other lenses. I purchased the Grey Market version. The lens is currently doing everything I had hoped for. Being relatively new to using a DSLR I am looking forward to exploring the world at F1.4!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

tack sharp, but an outdated design

I usually shy away from primes, but the small size and large aperture made this one appealing since I shoot at crowded club events. After a few weeks of use, I find that...Read complete review

I usually shy away from primes, but the small size and large aperture made this one appealing since I shoot at crowded club events. After a few weeks of use, I find that the lens is very sharp stopped down to F/2.8, but at 1.4 images are very soft. Focus is accurate and fast, a definite plus, but that's where all the good ends. I'm disappointed with the build quality as the lens just feels too plastic. It just doesn't compare to any of the newer nikkor primes, such as the 60mm AF-S or the 85mm PC-E. Also, the bokeh is a bit harsh due to the 7 bladed design. The lens is prone to CA and flaring, so you have to be careful when shooting in certain conditions. Overall, I'm not too impressed, but the small size and speed of this lens makes it useful for club shoots. Nikon seriously needs to update some of there primes and this lens would be a good start.

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4.0

great lens

By Dave

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Slow Focus
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

This is my first prime lens so it took a little getting used to vs. zoom lenses but I have to say it's a great lens. It feels a little cheap but since it WAS relatively cheap I can't complain. It's not a fancy lens by any means but it produces great images. I snapped a couple photos of my wife with it and they turned out to be my favorite photos of her. The Bokeh is pretty nice as well as tones especially skin tones. It's ultra small and light and I've already used it for a couple small social gatherings and family events as it's so easy to carry (you can fit it in a loose pocket). Overall a great little lens to have.

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5.0

LOVE!

By lulu

from enid ok

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

    I love it right now I use it for closeups of my new puppy! It is fast and super sharp!I dont have anything I dont like about it!

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    5.0

    Great Video Prime Lens.

    By Wes A.

    from Indiana

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

    This is my go to lens for video. With this 50mm prime I use it for interviews and getting a nice shallow depth of field when shooting b-roll. I love having the ability of shooting with a f/1.4 lens for those specail artistic shots.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Geat lens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Benny

    from Dallas TX.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

    Just for my Nikon D300, D200 and D7000, beautifull Bokeh.

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    5.0

    Works for me

    By Rik

    from The Great Southwest

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Cons

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          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

          Including a f/1.4 shot of Maestro The Cat, shot with my D200 in 2007. Sure, it's a D lens from my film days, but it works great on my D200, D700 and D300s. It's still holding up well, so why replace it? I shoot a lot of available light photos of my pooch, and she absolutely does NOT like flash! So, I shoot wide-open a lot with WB set to incandescent - and D700 at IS0 6400 (looks great!). I focus on her eye (she's usually laying down), and I don't care if the rest of her Husky fur is soft! I guess I'm just not an "everything has to be tack-sharp" and "absolutely no noise" kind of person. Since it's a D lens, you've also got a DOF scale, so you can shoot in manual focus mode at f/16, focus at a bit less than 20', and shoot NON-tack-sharp pics all day from about 10' to infinity. It's really fun! Great lens.

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          5.0

          Excellent lens!

          By malima

          from argentina

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

            fast & sharp (not thaaat sharp at 1.4f)

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            5.0

            Smooth exchanges

            By Image Lover

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

              Through my own incomplete research, I ordered the wrong lens. I contacted B&H and the problem was corrected immediately. I was surprised at how easy it was to exchange the lens I had bought for the one I needed. Now I'm happy with the first photos I've made, and mechanically the lens works perfectly, as well.

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              4.0

              Great Lens

              By lebela000

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                Very fast and inexpensive lens.

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                • No

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                5.0

                GOOD PRODUCT

                By ESTESGIRL

                from ILLINOIS

                About Me Casual Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                    PERFECT FOR MY NEED. VERY SATISFIED

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By Amy

                    from Great Falls, MT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                    I got this lens last week and have really been enjoying it! Great bokeh and does very well in low light! The only issue I've had so far is that it's a little tricky to attach because it doesn't have a dot on it to line up with the camera body.

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                    5.0

                    excellent lens

                    By Juli

                    from La Plata, Buenos Aires, ARG

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                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                    Great images, easy to use, a little heavy but resistant! Love it

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                    5.0

                    A great lens for a great price!

                    By jfarmato

                    from Germantown Maryland

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Its Soft At 14

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                    I've used this new born and portrait photography so I don't have to use flash. Really great lens.
                    Shooting receptions in low? this lens performs at the top! love it.

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                    5.0

                    Best prime if you only buy one

                    By Tara B.

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                      A 50mm prime lens is the one lens to own, if you only buy one lens. This Nikon 50mm f/1.4D is fantastic. I bought it used to go along with my refurbished Nikon D600. And there is my kit, and the pair work beautifully together. I never miss a picture. Focuses right on, and the color and bokeh are fantastic. I've always owned and used a Yashica 3 SLR with a 50mm f/1.9 and that was a great lens. My Yashica still takes dynamite film photos. The D600 is my first DSLR and this 50mm f/1.4D is the perfect complement. I own a wide angle and a telephoto zoom, but this 50mm prime is always my go to lens. Go to the used section at B&H. You won't be disappointed.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens!

                      By RawShooter

                      from Lancaster, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                        Works great on my D7000. I also use some Nikon extension rings it works well with. Great DOF and beautiful bokeh. Solid build. The manual focus ring is also very smooth. The fit is a little tight on the D7000, but works fine. I would recommend the 52mm Nikon Clear NC Glass Filter.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome!!!!!

                        By Portrait pics

                        from Hamilton, OH

                        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                        This lens is fabulous for the money. A true value and portrait pictures turn out beautifully!

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                        5.0

                        Nikkor lens review

                        By Mallory Rae

                        from Sugar Land, Texas

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                          i bought it for portraits and it works flawlessly! great B&H pricing and super fast shipping made the purchase even better.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By Dan

                          from Illinois

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                            Used on a D800 the focus is really fast and accurate. Very happy with the quality. The only issue I had was that the lens was shipped with a very cheap slip on rear lens cap. The slip on cap would pop off in a draw string case leaving the rear element exposed. This was unacptable. B&H replaced this unusable cap with the standard Nikon rear cap at no cost. The question is - Is this the new Nikon standard or did I get someones return.

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                            5.0

                            The only

                            By Photo bug

                            from Nyc

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                            Being 50mm f1.4' I AF lens I cannot go wrong.

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                            5.0

                            Highly recommended

                            By jally

                            from Milpitas ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                              I use this lens for portrait photography It's very sharp and the auto focus is so accurate

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                              5.0

                              Low Light Wonder

                              By onlyrosso

                              from The OC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens:

                                Amazing lens to capture low light photos. Fast, sharp, and a great value.

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