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

(based on 1354 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (198)

  • 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

Fun, Quality Lens

By ChrisDe

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Buyer

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

I wish I would have bought this sooner. High quality, fast lens...that feels nearly weightless on my D750. Almost turns my camera into a pocket camera! I originally bought the 1.8 version which was also a great lens, but decided to try this one and loved it even more. Although both lenses are really nice, there really is a difference (speed, quality, and that sliver of DOF). B&H had an awesome return policy, so now I have an awesome lens.

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5.0

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1 4G Lens

By Butch

from Carson, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I am currently taking an Photo 101 class this a great lens for the class. The class is about manual photography. I have wanted a nifty fifty lens but never purchase one until now. It is great for taking images of subjects up close.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Sony

from Fairhope, Al

Verified Buyer

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

Love getting perfect images in low light! Amazing bokeh!

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5.0

Great possibilities

By helenaam

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens with a cropped sensor camera and I achieve an awesome effect, but I still have to see how it works on a full-frame. Then, it will definitely be even better.

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5.0

Good lens

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

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

A perfect lens for fashion photo

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5.0

Amazing!

By Glenda Suarez Photography

from Miami, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I upgraded from the cheap 1.8 lens, and this is far superior. The quality is great and I really needed the upgrade since I now own the D800E (before I had the D90). It's a great lens to carry around everywhere, it's not big or heavy, so it doesn't really take up much space in my purse. I love using this at night time when my zoom lens (28-300mm) can't capture images in low light. Best lens purchase ever at an awesome price!

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5.0

crazy sharp

By Judy

from Fremont, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The lens is very light, easy to use, crazy sharp and I love the bokeh and the creativity. It is okay not to have a zoom - I work harder to get a better composition and am having a lot of fun with this lens. It is excellent for portraits and all kinds of shots. Love it! Best money spent.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Dearest Photography

from Philadelphia

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

The Nikkor 50mm 1.4 is a great lens! Very happy with it. B&H provided excellent service and prompt delivery!

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5.0

Sharp

By Drew

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

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

I have a APS-C sensor (Nikon D300) so I was skeptical about buying this lens designed for a full frame sensor. However, once I popped it onto my camera, I was blown away by how shallow the depth of field was. Having a 50mm 1.4 is HUGE. The blur is clean and smooth, and everything in focus is sharp right to the edges.

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5.0

Beautiful Lens!

By Dillon

from Kansas City

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

This such a great low cost lens every photographer needs. I am a DX format camera user and I love the range of this lens for portraits and other general photography. The bokeh is fantastic. I can't wait to continue using this prime lens. This lens will be in my bag for many situations.

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5.0

Very fun lens!

By ScottyStraat

from St.Louis, MO

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

Such a fun lens! Affordable, very quick focus, sharp subject lines, light, and fantastic bokeh! Highly recommend this lens.

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5.0

Love this lens!

By AG

from NJ

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

This is my favorite lens ever! I love the photojournalist style it gives. The bokeh is creamy and beautiful. If i could have one lens only, this would be it!

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5.0

Great Prime Lens

By Bob

from Wisconsin

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

I have only been shooting with this for a couple weeks, but it is outstanding. It's fast aperture allows for great specific focus, and also allows for much better indoor use without a flash. I'm very happy with it.

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5.0

Stunning

By Amy Joy

from Central VA

Verified Buyer

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

Having never used anything but a kit lens, I am astounded by how much better this lens works. Indoor shots! So much more power to capture images in a wide range of circumstances! This one lens has catapulted me forward. Wow.

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4.0

nice lens

By shiboo58

from Tucson

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Would use this lens for low light situations, landscape and indoors close up photos

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    • No

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    5.0

    Try it, you'll love it.

    By Photo Grams

    from Ogden, Ut

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have a 50mm 1.8 manual focus. It's a great lens, sharp, great Bokeh but really slow focus. I needed something that would auto focus. This is super fast and accurate. Once in while it gets hung up on what to focus on. Most of that is getting correct camera setting. This new lens is super sharp, great in low light. It can focus with almost no light at all. I have a 24-70 zoom which I love but it weighs about 4 times what this baby does and the F1.4 does most of it better, except the zoom thing. I find myself leaving it on my camera and the very expensive zoom sits in the bag. Bokeh is fantastic, it will do what ever you want very easily. It is for sure the best cost value lens I have ever purchased. I have always been a zoomer but I may turn into a primer. As my man KR would say, it's very plastic y. I'm not one that goes out and shoots in harsh conditions. I try to take pretty good care of my gear. Plastic is taking over most things these days and usually it's pretty good. This lens is no exception. Despite the plastic it seems well built and relatively rugged. I'll trade carrying it around all day weight for metal any time. What really matters to me, as well as to most, is quality of the final product. Try it, you'll love it. Happy (photo) shooting!

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      5.0

      Amazing clarity!

      By Plantz Productions

      from Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        The NIKKOR 50mm has become my new favorite lens. The clarity and sharpness of my photos taken with the 50mm 1.4 lens is unbeatable. I am very happy with my new lens and my entire shopping experience from B&H Photo.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love it !!!

        By Donna

        from Pennsylvania

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

        I am a novice just starting out in photography. This equipment is easy to use. I get quality pictures. It leaves me plenty of room to grow into a professional!!!

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        5.0

        Just what I needed

        By Deputy Dog

        from Lewisville, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This is going to be what I leave on the camera most of the time

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            • No

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            5.0

            Nice and Sharp

            By Gary

            from Bella Vista

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Street Photography

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

              Very shallow depth of field wide open. Very light and easy to carry on the camera. See s to be very sharp. Great in low light.

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              • No

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