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Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon DSLRs
  • Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Closest focusing: 0.45m/1.5 ft.
  • Accepts 52mm filters
  • Includes 52mm lens cap, rear cap

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 43 x 65 x 2.5 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LENO
  • Item model number: 1902
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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An ideal first lens; perfect for full-length portraits, travel photography or any type of available-light shooting. Accepts 52mm filters.
  • Distortion-free, high-contrast images with superb resolution and color rendition
  • Fast enough for shooting in just about any type of light
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Product Description

Fast enough for shooting in just about any type of light, this is an ideal first lens; perfect for full-length portraits, travel photography or any type of available-light shooting. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor lens delivers distortion-free images with superb resolution and color rendition. Accepts 52mm filters.

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Customer Reviews

Great lens for low light situations.
Alvis Wilson
Again, I would recommend everyone to get this lens (or the 50mm f/1.8).
Sidarta Tanu
Images are sharp, and the bokeh is beautifully creamy.
Laurence Vincent

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398 of 403 people found the following review helpful By Rick V TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
Background you can skip
I realize a lot has been written everywhere about this lens. Just look at KenRockwell or DPReview and the sheer detailed reviews from fellow photographers around the internet. One thing is special about photo-ists: they are hardly fan-boys: if something is a-miss with a product then that get splattered out in gory detail, often with photo evidence... Why am I saying this? Because I think you can therefore trust the overall rating of this lens on the web. This one is often referred to as the model 1902, as well, by the way.
I wanted to add my 2 cents since I have bought several lenses in the last year that are all very similar. This review focuses on the 1.8 and 1.4 50mm lenses. The other 2 lenses are reviewed on their individual product pages. I thought some others might be trying to choose between these 2 lenses, but having a hard time determining the relatively steep price difference between the 1.4 and 1.8. I will not go into the technical differences between the 2 either as others that are more adept than me have done that and I am predominantly a person that focuses on the results and not the specs.

The primes I own:
85mm 1.8
35mm 1.8
50mm 1.8 ( http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-Nikkor-Digital-Cameras/dp/B00005LEN4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265596625&sr=8-2 )
50mm 1.4 (this one)

About this lens
I bought this lens especially for portraiture. I am a hobbyist but my camera is glued to me (a D90) and I tend to shoot lots of shots indoors, capturing casual moments of my kids, pets and so on. Probably very similar to any other proud dad and hubby.
Initially I did not want to shell out for the 50mm 1.4 and decided to get the well respected 50mm 1.8. I loved the 1.8 from the start.
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660 of 674 people found the following review helpful By Sidarta Tanu TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
I don't even know where to start. This lens produces sharp pictures and great color and contrast. This lens is perfect for low light and/or action/sport photography (as this lens is famous for being one of the fastest lens together with its brother 50mm f/1.8). This lens is also perfect for portrait and other general purposes (macro etc). This is definitely a very versatile lens.

However, I think you should really consider buying the f/1.8 first before thinking to buy this f/1.4 lens (mainly because it is more than twice the price of the f1/8 and most of the time the f/1.8 version is fast enough in my opinion). Some examples where the faster f/1.4 lens might make a difference: low light wedding/concert or indoor sports photography (where the light is often low from the camera perspective) such as hockey, track and field, skating, gymnastic, basketball etc.

As much as I want to encourage everyone to buy this lens right away, let me mention some of the limitation that you would see (which I think will be helpful to go over before deciding to buy this lens):

First, being a prime lens, you will need to move your feet a lot to compose your picture. If you are used to zoom lens, don't underestimate this limitation. It takes me a while to get used to it, and sometime I still find people looking at me wondering why I am moving forward and backwards. the good news is that most of the time, they don't think I'm weird, but they are actually wondering if I'm a professional photographer.

Secondly, the focal range of 50mm, which is considered the normal lens and great for portrait lens.
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358 of 374 people found the following review helpful By Aneel Nazareth on November 30, 2004
I've been using this lens extensively with my D70. It lets me shoot without a flash in low-light situations where other photographers are complaining about not even being able to focus. I'm often able to even turn off the autofocus light, which allows for very natural pictures: the subject isn't hit with an anti-redeye flash or focusing beam, so they don't flinch and change expression. It produces excellent portraits, with the background artistically blurred.

Are there shots that I've gotten with this lens that I couldn't have gotten with the ($99) 50/1.8? Yes, a few. Most of them were from weddings (indoor, flash inappropriate, motion), or at night with no light sources within 20ft. For the vast majority of my pictures, though, the slower lens would have been more than adequate (even in dim light, I'm often shooting at f/2-f/4). If I had to choose between the two today, I'd probably get the cheaper lens.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Anne e Nonomous on August 11, 2007
Yes, the f/1.8 is a real bargain - but it's a bit soft when shooting wide open. It's still soft at f/2, but pretty decent by f/2.8. The Nikkon f/1.4, on the other hand, is decent at f/1.4 and quite sharp at f/2.0. I often need to shoot at f/2, so I've sold my f/1.8 and purchased the faster lens. For me, it's worth the extra $$$.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gatorowl on February 13, 2011
Nikon released its 1.4G "update" of the 1.4D a few years ago. If you look at the Amazon.com reviews of that lenses, you might think that it was a major improvement over the 1.4D.

It was not.

The obvious benefit of the G is that it provides autofocus on Nikon cameras that don't have "screw-drive" motors built in. Autofocusing requires a motor to physically move the lens elements into the proper position to produce a focused image. This motor can be built into the camera or the lens. Older Nikon cameras and enthusiast-pro level cameras have AF motors. Consumer-grade cameras (e.g. D40, D3000-D5100) do not. Therefore, Nikon needed to produce a "standard" (50mm) lens for these consumers. Nikon has subsequently introduced, in its G-range of prime lenses, 35mm f/1.8 (with a 52.5mm equivalent FOV, close to standard on DX), 60mm f/2.8, 85mm f/3.5 and 105mm f/2.8. Recently, Nikon announced a 50mm 1.8G, which gives another option to consider. All of these lenses will autofocus on any and all of Nikon's DSLR cameras.

So what other benefits does the 50mm f/1.4G offer over the older D model?

Some claim that the G has better AF accuracy than the D. I don't know, since I don't shoot action photography with the 50mm. I do know that my keeper rate is no lower than any of my other lenses including the 35mm 1.8G. However, one thing that is clear is that the G focuses much slower than the D (see the review on slrgear.com). In their tests, the G is over 60% slower focusing than the D focuses on the D90. Compared to a D on a D700, the G is 150% slower. Notice that focus speed with a screw-drive lens depends on the speed of the camera motor. The D90 has the slowest motor, but is still substantially faster focusing the D than the G focuses on any camera.
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