Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Last updated (13 May’13):
– Review by Lenstip

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 8 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.5ft.(0.45m) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens weighs 9.9 oz. (280g) and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2.1 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G premiere was well- timed without doubt. It made all the Nikon reflex cameras owners very happy – users of Nkon D40/40x, D60 or D5000 were finally given a clear standard without the necessity of manual focus. The owners of full frame D3x, D3 or D700 have a lens with modern design which performs well even in the corners.”
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Momentcorp reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“Wide open the new Nikon AF-S 50mm 1.4 outperforms the AF version without a doubt. Both sharpness and contrast is way better. The auto focus is a tad slower though, not that the lens is slow on autofocus, but it is slower than the Nikon 50 f/1.4D. There is without a doubt light fall-off / vignetting wide open, and to f/2.8 (f/4 if you are really looking for it)..”
Rating: ★★★★★

SLRLensreview reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“..the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G does seem to improve in color reproduction area – the colors seem richer and more saturated, with deeper blues and red. The images also seem a bit more contrasty then what I was getting from the AF-D lens. There is also noticeably less color fringing – you really have to zoom in on the image to 100% to see the very slight amount of lateral chromatic aberration.”
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Popphoto reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“Its superior sharpness and contrast produced Excellent SQF numbers on our optical bench. DxO Analyzer 3.0.1 tests found barrel distortion in the high end of Slight (0.25%)-typical at such speeds-with light falloff gone from the corners by f/2.8 (also par for this course). The biggest difference between this new lens and its ancestors: Its maximum magnification of 1:5.89 at 16.87 inches is the highest of any 50mm we’ve tested in recent years.”
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Photoreview reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“Resolution peaked at f/5.6 in our Imatest tests, which also showed centre and edge resolution to be very close throughout the test lens’s aperture range. Overall resolution was best from f/2.8 to f/13 and lowest at the widest apertures…”
Rating: ★★★★½

Bythom reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“Light falloff: on the DX bodies vignetting is barely present wide open at about a half stop. On FX bodies the vignetting is more noticeable and enough that you’ll want to correct it, but in both cases it is ignorable by f/2.8 (DX) or f/4 (FX). Personally, only f/1.4 on a FX body is enough that I’d consider turning on Vignette Control or correcting after-the-fact. I did note that on the D3x that Vignette Control set to Normal did not do nearly enough correction. Even High didn’t fully correct it on the D3x, though it made it neglible enough to ignore.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“As mentioned above, focus is sometimes just off, so check your images for critical sharpness and use Micro AF Adjustment where necessary (if your body offers it). Play in the gearing is also minimal, and much better than my AF 85 f/1.8. As others have also commented, the bokeh / out-of-focus effect at large apertures is a step-up from the earlier AF 50mm f/1.4D.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4 G is a very good lens that performes on a high level except for slightly soft borders and somewhat busy bokeh at wide open aperture. From f/2 onwards, the lens is able to deliver crisp images that do not leave much to desire. For most applications the silent wave AF drive is fast enough.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and writes;
“AF is very accurate and repeatable, much better than Canon. Even on a D40, I can shoot at f/1.4 and get every shot in perfect focus. The bokeh of the 50mm f/1.4 AF-s is decent, but not outstanding for backgrounds. It’s very good for foregrounds, but you should never have out of focus foregrounds unless you have a very good reason; our eyes and brains freak out when there’s something fuzzy between us and the subject.”
Rating: ★★★★★


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Specifications

Ideal for travel, event, environmental and general photography in a wide variety of conditions, with superb optical formula and an ultra-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture.

Fast f/1.4 prime NIKKOR lens
Perfect for low-light conditions, general and travel photography.

Normal angle of view on FX-format cameras
Classic, normal angle of view when used on a Nikon FX-format digital SLR or 35mm film camera.

Ideal portrait lens on DX-format cameras
An ideal portrait lens when used on a Nikon DX-format digital SLR, approximating the angle of view similar to that of a 75mm lens on a Nikon FX-format digital SLR or a 35mm film camera.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.

Close focusing to 1.5 feet
For extended versatility.

Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

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