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

(based on 1381 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1145)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (201)

  • 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.

Reviewed by 1381 customers

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5.0

I loved it.

By JLuttmann

from Guatemala

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent lens. I've been wanting to buy this lens for a while. I own the 50mm 1.8G and 1.8D versions, and maybe its not a huge improvement, but it's really nice to have 2/3 more light. Nice sharpness even at F1.4.

 
5.0

Fantastic Portrait Lens

By Ned

from St. Louis, MO

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens specifically for the birth of my new grandson and was able to get great results. It is crystal clear, awesome is low light situations, and creates great bokeh effects. Could very well be my new favorite lens!!!

 
5.0

Indoor portrait shooting

By xueping

from Undisclosed

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

Very good in low light, especially indoor shooting ,love it .

 
5.0

Great Lens

By ThomyJ

from Long Island, New York

Verified Buyer

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

Really like this Full Frames lens paired with my Nikon D750 DSLR. Great for portraits and landscape. No beating a Nikon lens on a Nikon DSLR.

 
5.0

Superiority against their version 1.8

By Sebasti?n Cortes

from Undisclosed

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

Focus is faster, the quality and sharpeness of this lens is pretty notorious from the first shot, great product, even in low F the lens act great.. extremely happy with this ?tem

 
5.0

Perfect lens

By Sarah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My favorite lens. This lens is a must-have for anyone

 
5.0

I love it

By Big_Blackfoot

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens! Worked great for portraits at a party indoors. The depth of field is narrow, but the pictures are fabulous!

 
5.0

Recommended!

By Su

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent portrait lenses!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first fixed lens

By Talma

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first fixed lens and I love it, especially the f/1.4
For someone who's been used to and using zoom lenses, this is obviously an adjustment, but it gives me a new perspective when I photograph and I love the change and new challenges.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great things come in small packages

By CHARLES

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I am new to the photography world and just recently added this lens. Love it! Had the grand kids over last weekend and I asked them to let me take a few photos to try out this little baby. This lens makes taking photos very easy. Wish I had one of these a long time ago. If you’re looking for a lens to take photos in your home you cannot go wrong with this one.

 
5.0

Perfect Lens for portraits.

By Neal

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A must-have for all photographers.

 
5.0

Enjoying this lens.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

High quality fast prime. It's the view angle I grew up with and I'm very comfortable framing with it.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp, fast lens. A favorite

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy it again

By Laszlo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Coooollll

 
5.0

Good choice for travel

By Davis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice and fast. Works well on my Nikon D750. Certainly lighter than carrying my 28-300mm. A good choice for travel. What I've shot so far is quite sharp. I'm pleased with this lens.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't pass on this lens

By Geoffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens spends much of its time on my D810. The lens is incredibly sharp, very well built and sucks in light like a black hole. Very satisfied.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Sharp Lens

By PhotoFL

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

Like this lens for the price. Sharp and super fast focus. Cheap Chinese build (mostly plastic) but for less then $400.00 this is a great lens. Nice Bokken and light weight.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first fast prime lens

By Scott S

from Parma, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

I have only had this lens for a few days now. But I am having a great time with this super fast lens. Very bright at 1.4. I am using it where I would normally need a flash. Great using it wide open at 1.4 experimenting with the shallow depth of field. Having fun.

 
5.0

a must

By Gadi

from Israel

Verified Buyer

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

for dim light, performance and general - the 1.4 makes a differance

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G lens

By Rollin

from undisclosed

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

I consider this lens as a good general purpose fast lens. It fits most of my everyday photography. I enjoy shopping at B & H as they always have in stock what I need at a fair price.

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