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

(based on 1374 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1138)

  • 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.

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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 2 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.

(4 of 4 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

Verified Buyer

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.

 
5.0

Great lens

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great Lens super quick, great for portraiture

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

General duty gem

By Robertm

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A great standard 50mm. It does just what I need it to... general purpose shooting, light and compact. Sharp and fast.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice light-weight prime lens

By Ned

from Long Island, NY

Verified Buyer

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

If you are shooting full frame, you really need a "normal" focal length lens. This lens is good value for the money. I find the focus a bit slower than some of my other lenses though, particularly in low light. But once you have a good focus, the results are great. DX shooters - you may be better off with a 35mm lens.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would purchase again!

By Leigh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very clear image

By Ghassem

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am an architect using my Nikon 810 for architectural photography . I am using this on my D700 and 810 FX body and it is now one of my favorite lenses. It's lightweight and compact and has very clear image.

(15 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sold my 50mm Sigma Art and bought this

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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

I owned the sigma ART 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses.  All of them are tack sharp...when they actually focus.  I bought the Sigma dock and it still didn't help. I ended up replacing all the Sigma Art lenses with Nikon equivalents and have been pretty happy.  

This 50mm f/1.4 is light and sharp enough. The bokeh is pleasant and it is fast to focus.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Super Sharp

By Ray

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Have not had much time with it but so far i love it !

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