Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Review

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Review

“Sharp and fast!”

nikon nikkor 50 f/1.4

This is a classic, sharp, and fast Nikon lens. I have used this lens on both my old trusty D100 and its successor, the D70s, with stunning results. Color rendition is excellent. Autofocus is blindingly fast.

This is a great lens for portrait or landscape shooting, as long as you do not need particularly wide angle. Remember that on the Nikon Digital SLR half-frame format the lens size is multiplied by 1.5 making this a 75mm lens on a Nikon digital SLR. This is not a DX lens, and will therefore be a 50mm lens on a full-frame SLR such as the Nikon F100 and the like. (Is anyone still shooting film?)

The quality of construction of this lens is fair. There are some plastic parts, which is disappointing on a $250 or so lens. On the other hand, mine has seen moderate to hard duty over several years and has held up fine. But “hard” use to an amateur like me probably translates to light duty for the pros. So do your research before selecting this lens.

Many pros consider the Nikon F1.8d 50mm lens a better deal than this F1.4. The F1.8 is said to be just as sharp as this F1.4. Certainly it is cheaper, and F1.8 is still a very fast lens. I have not used the F1.8 so you might want to do some research before making your decision.

I’ll probably hold on to my F1.4 forever. When I need a fast portrait lens, it is about impossible to beat.

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Review by Roger J. Buffington (Huntington Beach, CA United States)
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