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NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 606 reviews)

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    (111)

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    (16)

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    (4)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (510)
  • Lightweight (441)
  • Consistent output (345)
  • Easily interchangeable (284)
  • Durable (264)

Cons

  • Slow focus (42)
  • Tough to attach (27)
  • Blurry focus (21)
  • Weak casing (15)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (290)
  • Night photography (279)
  • Weddings (176)
  • General purpose (158)
  • Portraits (157)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (143), Enthusiast (104), Semi-pro photographer (103), Semi-professional (58), Casual photographer (54)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (249), 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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5.0

Small but mighty

By silverking

from Berln, NJ

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Light weight
  • Sharp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

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

    This tiny little 50mm f1.4 is terrific. And it fits in a small pocket.

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    4.0

    Beautiful Lens!

    By Deb368

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

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

      Autofocus is crisp.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Stunning Nikkor optics

      By Moonunit

      from LA, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Doubt Its Weather Sealed
      • made in China

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action

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

      Light, Compact, Fast apature, reasonably priced, And very sharp. Focus is very fast on a d800. Awesome 14 point sunstars that you can't get from rounded aperture blades (or any canon lens). The people at DXO think this lens is better than the g version (if that means anything to you). Made in china is a bummer

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      5.0

      Nikon is the best

      By Epstudio

      from San Juan Puerto Rico

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

      Excellent and very good quality

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By JimP

      from Grand Rapids, MI

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

      Sharp, fast. Great for night photography. Good all around primary lens

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      5.0

      Great gear for a good price

      By Nicolas

      from Bethesda, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

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

      Great lens for indoor pictures and in any light condition. I use a lot for casual portraits. It is the lens that I use most of the time.The only bad thing is the autofocus a little slow, but if you like to use manual focus like me is the prefect lens. Worth any dollar I paid for it.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By DEb1

      from VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

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

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

      Happy with my purchase of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens. Nice little lens takes crisp pictures . And as always great service from B&H Photo.

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      5.0

      Pretty great 50!

      By JMO

      from Westmont, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

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

      Nikon's D lenses are fantastic! I find myself loving these over the G series all the time. The 50 1.4D is inexpensive, small, light, has great color/contrast and it's pretty close to the 50 1.4G in quality. For all those reasons this lens deserves 5 stars. However, it's not perfect. The autofocus doesn't seem to be as snappy as the 1.4G. Wide open this lens is really soft in certain lighting conditions such as backlit scenes in bright sunlight (although my wife loves the way sunflares look with this lens). At f2 this lens is almost identical to the 1.4G only I like the color and contrast on this lens better. If you need a 50mm and don't want to spend a great deal of money get this one. Also, it looks great on my df, my other copy of this lens was dropped several times and still has no issues, and it renders beautifully on film.

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      5.0

      A great Staple

      By BC

      from Gahanna, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      This lens is as advertised. Fast, great optics, light, well built. The focusing is a bit louder than the newer silent motor lenses (this one uses your camera's built in motor). Particularly good for low light landscapes (places like inside your home or a church).

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Mike

      from Liberty, SC

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

      This is a great lens for the price. There is some minor, but noticeable chromatic aberrations at f1.4 but it is easily corrected on Lightroom. I would recommend this lens.

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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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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        5.0

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

        By Benny

        from Dallas TX.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        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

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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

                Verified Buyer

                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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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