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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm F/1.4D DSLR Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- The AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D DSLR Lens from Nikon is a very effective standard length lens compatible with both FX and DX format 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
- Lens not zoomable
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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||2 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual-focus||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.56 x 1.69 x 2.56 in||2.91 x 2.13 x 2.91 in||2.5 x 2.5 x 1.54 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||0.12 x 3 x 3 in||3.43 x 3.31 x 3.43 in|
|Item Weight||0.51 lb||0.64 lb||5.47 ounces||7.05 ounces||1.5 lbs||1.31 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||standard-prime||Standard Zoom lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters|
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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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.
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
Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens: Review from dpreview.com
Top Customer Reviews
Great lenses don't stop being great because the next thing comes out. It just means that the newer thing may possibly be better.
Now I'm sure plenty can be argued about whether this is a "great lens" or not, but the simple point is that this lens, like the 35mm f2D, 85mm f1.4D, and plenty of other older lenses, has served countless photographers and produced countless amazing photos since its inception. The appearance of more capable lenses today doesn't mean that the 50mm 1.4D is suddenly incapable of creating great photos. And let's be honest... how many of us are actually taking photos that can even hold a candle to so many of those photos taken in decades past on all of that "inferior" equipment?
I have a Nikon D810 (recently upgraded to full frame from my old D300), so as I build my FX lens collection, I've been facing some odd decisions. Given the fact that I can use these older lenses, I am not forced to default to the newer "G-Series" lenses where some others might unfortunately already have that decision made for them by virtue of the fact that their camera bodies cannot autofocus with older lenses.
And while the newer lenses are largely superior in IQ as well as aperture in some cases, the ultimate question I have to ask myself is whether or not those advances are truly meaningful to me at my level. I can definitely tell you that I'm not a pixel-peeper (although even at 1:1, the 50mm 1.4D seems to perform just fine) and I believe that, in fact, technical aspects like that are probably the last thing to worry about behind lighting, composition, etc. And if I'm not really getting meaningful value (as a function of the limits of my own ability as a photographer) out of the newer lens, why spend the extra money to get it? By the time I get to a point where it might actually matter somehow, it's entirely possible that something even newer and better will be out as the endless march of technology continues.
If you're still with me after my ramblings, let me simply say that I've found this to be an absolutely wonderful lens that has more than served my needs. While it's true that my camera may push the limits of this lens on a sheer technical level, my abilities as a photographer have not even begun to outgrow it. It may be different for some of you, but I'm more concerned about nailing a good composition and capturing the feel of scenes than I am about staring at photo comparisons to see which lens renders bokeh slightly better than another or which lens is sharper at the pixel level—things that I can assure you that nobody on the other side of the camera will ever care about or even notice.
If you're one of the elite photographers for whom this lens will honestly be a limitation, you already know you don't want this. If you're an owner of a body for which this lens will not autofocus because of technical limitations, you should look elsewhere. But if you fall into the same category as me where you have a camera body that can use this lens, but you're still on the journey of learning the art of photography, I encourage you to save a little bit of cash and explore the possibilities of this lens. It will ultimately reward the trust you put in it when you do start taking some of those great photos, and you'll be reminded by the fact that you're doing it on equipment that many people will turn their nose up at as being somehow "obsolete" that the essence of your photography doesn't lie within the gear in your camera bag. It is within yourself, gained through experience, study, and hard work.
Caution: this will autofocus only on bodies that have an AF motor in them such as D7x00, D6x0, D7x0 D8x0 and Single digit models. It WILL NOT auto focus on D40, D60, D3x00 or D5x00 bodies. Double check before you buy.
1. Speed. The D7000 is a champ at low light performance, but I take lots of pictures in low light (weddings, indoors, etc) and usually prefer non-flash pictures. I wanted all the speed I could get.
2. Price. Although this lens is $200 more than the 50mm f1.8D (see reason 1) that extra light capturing ability is worth it for me. Plus, this lens is over $100 cheaper than the 1.4G.
3. Sharpness. Lots of reviews I found online said the 1.4D was a bit sharper than the 1.4G. Is it true? Honestly, I've tried both now and I can't tell a difference.
You may want to note that the 1.4G has SW (Silent Wave) auto-focus. From my experience that lens focuses faster and more quietly than the 1.4D, but this wasn't an issue for me as I use manual focus 90% of the time.
My overall impressions on this lens? I'm glad I bought it and don't regret it for a second. I know I made a great choice. It's incredibly sharp, focuses quickly, and has beautifully smooth bokeh. It's solidly built and the manual aperture ring is a great addition if you use non-AF extension tubes for macro photography (which I sometimes do). It's a perfect prime portrait lens for crop sensors. If I had one lens to take to a wedding, this would be it.
In closing, this lens has made me a better photographer. The 35mm 1.8g is sufficiently wide that you can easily crop pictures later in your workflow. The 50mm is just tight enough on a crop sensor that it makes you think before you press the shutter release button. I noticed that I had began relying too heavily on using zoom lens that I had almost forgotten how to move around a room and compose a picture correctly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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