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NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 635 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (497)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (524)
  • Lightweight (454)
  • Consistent output (354)
  • Easily interchangeable (292)
  • Durable (274)

Cons

  • Slow focus (43)
  • Tough to attach (28)
  • Blurry focus (21)
  • Weak casing (16)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (309)
  • Night photography (288)
  • Weddings (188)
  • General purpose (158)
  • Portraits (157)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (152), Semi-pro photographer (112), Enthusiast (104), Semi-professional (58), Casual photographer (55)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (267), Yes (23)

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

Wonderfully Crisp - Superb Bokeh

By David

from Dallas

Verified Buyer

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

Picked this up because of the uptick in film interest. I wanted to use it on my FE2 and still be able to use it on my D700...perfect solution!

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5.0

Go for it!

By Sam

from NY

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome lens, using on a DX camera. Beautiful photos

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Every photog needs one in their bag

By JWPHOTO

from Southern, CA

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

As a pro I have owned a couple of the new AFS-50mm 1.4s and this older model out does them all. Super sharp at all f stops. Yeah, the auto focus is louder than the new model and the focus ring rotates. Focus is just as fast and accurate. I use on a Nikon D810 and get outstanding results, always. Save some $ and put one of these nifty fifties in your bag.

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5.0

Love this lens!!

By Erica

from Sioux city

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

I absolutely love this lens!! So small but so powerful!

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5.0

Awesome prime lens for beginners and pros

By PhilipK

from Pittsburgh

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I picked the D model over the G due to financial constraints and not needing the features of the G currently.
    The lens arrived in great shape with official Nikon paperwork and warranty card. The manual sheet/specs is pretty lengthy and in many languages, however I just downloaded the PDF for ease of use.
    So far, my experience with this lens and the D7200 has been great. I had been researching prime lenses and decided a 50mm would be best. I could have gotten a used 50mm f/1.4 locally but this was the best deal on the D model. All focus and aperture features functions just fine.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing for video and photo!

    By KR Productions

    from Hartselle, AL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I am primarily a wedding videographer and have been using my D750 with the 24-120 F4 and 70-200 F2.8 mainly. (I also use a D7200 with the Tokina 11-16 and 17-55 F2.8 on a Glidecam)

      I have never owned a 50mm and finally decided to pull the trigger for something different this season... and wow! It sure is different!

      The bokeh off thing lens in fantastic! Also, the lens is very sharp and produces great colors. I have now been using this lens about 50% of the time on all my shoots so far in 2016.

      On the photography side, the results are the same. Beautiful bokeh and great colors.

      Wish I would have gotten this sooner.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Amazing Lens

      By Claire G.

      from Juneau, Alaska

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

      Just bought this lens to get started in photography and it is amazing! Sharp focus and beautiful bokeh. I am addicted and look forward to using it every day.

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      5.0

      Awesome lens!

      By A.drew

      from Yosemite, CA

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

      I love this lens so much. It's a sweet deal for what you get. Not terribly expensive as far a all things photography go. The bokeh is awesome and the focus is wonderfully crisp. I love this lens for portraits and also like to use it for landscapes. It is also super small and light, making it good for travel or hiking photography. I highly recommend this lens!

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      5.0

      Everything I was looking for

      By Kman

      from Tennessee

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Great lens, hands down. If you are going to use on a D3200, you will not have autofocus AND there is a switch that you will have to pin down in order to adjust your f-stop. If not, the camera will display an error and only take photos at a f16. It is still worth it to buy this lens at this price.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LO COMPRARIA DE NUEVO

          By NACHO

          from CHILE

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video

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

            Gran lente. facil uso. Ideal para la fotografia cotidiana

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            • No

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            5.0

            Must have!

            By Gwen

            from Syracuse, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              This lens creates beautiful images and I highly recommend adding it to your collection!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Excellent normal-tele for DX cameras

              By Cieljaune

              from New Mexico

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

              This fast, lightweight lens is great for photographing people hand-held in available light. Candid street photos in black-and-white? Check. Family photos in busy settings requiring fast autofocus? Check. Photojournalism shots in poor light? Check.

              Remember that this lens acts as a 75mm lens -- a slight telephoto -- on a DX camera like my D7100 with a cropped sensor

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              5.0

              "Fast, sharp and reasonably priced"

              By J.D.

              from Syracuse,N.Y.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                If AFS focusing is not important to you, this lens is superb! Tack sharp and terrific Bokeh when used for "normal" portraits. I have used both versions of this lens and I can honestly say I see no discernible difference. I use this lens on my D700 and the focus just snaps! Nicely made and a true Nikon bargain in it's lens lineup.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good prime

                By CCR

                from Edinboro, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I got what I paid for - great lens for all-around photo work - woll be using w/circ. polarize to shoot brook trout spawning in a small creek

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great, lightweight, carry around lens.

                  By JR

                  from San Antonio, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    Great lens. I like using this lens for street photography. Easy to use and the autofocus is very fast. This is now my new favorite focal length and my new favorite lens.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Rusty

                    from Franklin, Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Portraits
                    • Sharp
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Using this lens on a D90. It is super sharp. Great for portraits. Super lens

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Dan

                      from Canal Point, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        Great Lens

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Fast and sharp...

                        By mike g

                        from Allendale, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Great with FX and low light.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          great lens

                          By amanisha

                          from Gladstone , Michigan

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          very useful

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great depth of field!

                          By Kathy G.

                          from Gainesville, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus
                          • Tough To Attach

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          A little tough to use because it is a manual lens on the D3300, but produces beautiful photos with excellent bokeh.

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                          • No

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