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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
|Price:||$334.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
Overall score: 87%
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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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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HR-2|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.56 x 2.56 x 1.69 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.28 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||31 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.88 pounds|
Review summary from DPReview
Despite its age, this old favourite still has much to offer for the modern photographer. It's an ideal partner to full-frame DSLRs, but also works well on DX as a short portrait lens. It offers the usual advantages of a prime, i.e. a bright maximum aperture for low light and shallow depth-of-field work, coupled with excellent image quality when stopped down; in both regards it offers users capabilities which simply aren't available from zooms.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
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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Top Customer Reviews
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:
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
So this summed it up for me. It may have a longer learning curve--but why buy a lens TWICE! That was something else I noticed. Guys were buying the 1.8 for price but then wishing they had the 1.4. Why buy 2 prime 50's?
I do everything from crawling through brush to photographing my baby daughter with this lens and it blows me away every time. I even sold my Tamron 18-200mm that I got with my D80 to get this so I could start from scratch with solid lenses and work my way up (if money isn't an issue I wouldn't necessarily recommend this move, the 18-200 isn't perfect but it's nice to travel with).
Hope my observations help you out. You won't be sorry you bought the 1.4, believe me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nikon currently has four 50mm lenses in its lineup. 50mm f1.4D, 50mm f1.4G, 50mm f1.8D and 50mm f1.8G. I own the 50mm f1.4D. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Therwol
Best lens we own! The 1.4 aperture allows for excellent shots in low light. Be careful though, depth of field is very small!Published 1 month ago by sixfoot
I think it's my best lens yet. It worked like a charm with the D7000. I believe there's some softness when it's fully open, but very sharp pictures at f/1.8 and above. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ivan Barrera
I thought the lens had a problem with back-focusing, but it turned out it was my camera. Had that adjusted and the lens is great. Fast and sharp.Published 2 months ago by M. Littau-Mora