Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Last updated (07 January’13):
- Review by SLRLensreview

The Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 7 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.5ft.(0.45m) and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor lens weighs 8.1 oz. (230g) and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“CA in the center was quite low, never exceeding ~0.5px across the tested aperture range. Surprisingly, CA in the center creeped up a little bit towards f/11 – nothing serious, but still… CA around borders was ~0.8px at the widest aperture, slowly dropping to ~0.55px by f/11. Overall, nothing to worry about…”
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“Despite using a 15-year-old optical formula, the lens still stands up to scrutiny: while it’s not tack-sharp when used wide-open, it’s still quite good, and stopped down to ƒ/2.8 image quality is excellent. At ƒ/8, it’s as sharp as sharp gets.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 is sharper wide open than the AF 50mm f/1.8, it does show a slight amount of CA wide open though. The f/1.8 shows almost no CA, at f/2 the CA is gone on both lenses. Performance wise the 1.4 is sharper than the f/1.8, until f/4 when both lenses has almost the same performance.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“Similar to its cousin (AF 50mm f/1.8 D) the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D is a very good performer. At f/1.4 the contrast is a little on the low side and the borders may be a little soft but from f/2.8 & up the performance is really superb. Distortions are detectable in the lab but not really significant enough to be relevant in the real life. CAs are very low and vignetting is a non-issue except at f/1.4 (on APS-C DSLRs). The build quality of the lens is very decent and the AF performance leaves nothing to be desired.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“The Nikon 50/1.4 is a high quality, sharp and inexpensive lens with a fast aperture. It is a basic lens and an essential tool for any Nikon film photographer. It is a great portrait lens for a Nikon small-sensor digital SLR photographer.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor and writes;
“AF action is fast! One full turn of the AF screw focuses the lens from infinity to 6.’ It has the typical mild to moderate barrel distortion of all Nikon’s 50mm f/1.4 lenses. The 50/1.4 D is sharp at every aperture. It loses a little local contrast at f/1.4, but by f/2 it’s great in the center. The full-frame corners have some coma and softness at f/1.4, and they are also perfect by f/4, even on test charts.”
rating: N/A

Video Reviews

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Reviews

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Specifications

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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