Distortion-free, high-contrast images with superb resolution and color rendition.
Note! AF not supported by D40, D60, D3000, D3100 & D5000 cameras
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Nice lens for the money.
I use on my Nikon D800 and find it to be an excellent lens that is great in low light. Very light weight.
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Writing a review on a lens like this almost seems like writing a review on the Golden Gate Bridge - doesn't everyone know about it? Apparently not. Amongst many of my more serious photography friends, none own this lens. They covet the same ones I want (and now have - like a 24-70 or 70-200 f2.8) Truth be told, those are the lenses I saved for first - and then I bought this. I got it today and have been playing with it all night. It is small light and feels sturdy. Adorama sent me the wrong lens -the f1.8 - at first and it felt like a very cheap lens by comparison. This one has more metal and a little more heft. I bought this for the f1.4 aperture. I wanted glorious bokeh. I does not disappoint. (See below) It focuses lightning fast, and will get very close. I am very glad I got it. The photo below is shot at f1.4 iso 400 and is an HDR with 6 images. It is processed in Nik and Lightromm and Photmatix.
I was very much looking forward to this lens, but after some use, I am somewhat disappointed in it. While it is great in low light situations, and I love using it indoors, it yields very soft images with low contrast. Especially when used outside. When shooting wide open at f1.4, some chromatic aberration is seen, which is very frustrating. I primarily use it for photographing newborns inside. I will say, however, I do use it a lot for video on my D300s, and am pleased with it's performance in that respect.
I picked this up to go with my small kit of AF-D primes, and to replace both my 50mm f/1.8G AFS and 50mm f/1.4 Ais. So I wanted to like this lens, but noticed some poor performance and decided to test them all out. This 50mm AF-D was noticeably soft and lost contrast at f/1.4, as to be expected. It continued to lack contrast vs the modern 50mm f/1.8G through the aperture range. But what really made me decide to keep my f/1.8G was the bokeh. The f/1.8G produced noticeably better backgrounds, particularly in busy areas like tree branches. Overall, this is a great lens with beautiful image quality. But for DSLRs, Nikon's modern cheap glass beats their old pro glass. For me, at least
Nice looking lens but that's where it stopped. Focus was not consistent in autofocus mode. In manual mode the focus ring would have resistance and binding at both ends of travel. Never could get clear focus in either mode even when mounted on a tripod with flash. Lens was also loose and would rattle when shaken lightly. Tried shaking my other Nikon lenses and they did not have any rattles. This was the second one I tried and both had the same problem. Installed on a new D7100.
I have a Nikon D7000 and I take a lot of sports pictures of my Grandson. I bought a 18-300mm f/ 3.5 to 5.6 Nikon zoom that works great for daytime football games but does not do well indoors for wrestling or basketball. Remembering the problems I had last season shooting basketball games in the local rec center, I bought a 24-70mm f/ 2.8 Tamron with VC to use this year. It was a big improvement but I was still getting motion blur at ISO 1600 (wide open, fastest shutter I could get in the poor light was 1/100) so I purchased this lens a few weeks ago. It allows me to get to 1/250 - 1/300 at ISO 1600, and I am finally getting decent action shots. Took it to the da Vinci: The Genius exhibit in Huntsville last weekend and took pictures inside the hall without a flash and got great pictures at ISO 800. Being used to zoom lens, the fixed focal length takes getting used to, not so much a problem indoors but trying to frame a Space Shuttle at the Huntsville Space and Rocket center took a hundred foot walk. Normally would have had a zoom lens on the camera but had just come out of an exhibit hall with low light. This was the first grey market lens I bought but since it was a fixed lens that has been around for a long time I took the chance. Just a heads up, read the user manual about setting the aperture ring on the lens to 16 when shooting AF or your camera will give you an error message - scared me when I saw it and thought about not having a USA warranty. If I had read the manual first, would have avoided the momentary scare. Like the lens a lot and am glad a spent a little more to get the 1.4 over the 1.8, gives me just a little more speed indoors and keeps my ISO low enough to avoid excessive noise.
Needed a fast prime lens for my FX and this one works great. It's compact and lightweight and fits in your pocket, so if you need the extra speed and the convenience of easy carry, get this lens.
INDOOR PEOPLE LENS....NO NEGATIVES ON THIS LENS
I purchased this lens through the used department. Adorama said it had minor damage, but that damage seems to have no effect on the function of the lens at all so I got a great deal. I will definitely buy from the used department more often. This lens is light and compact compared to most of my other lenses so it is easy to carry all day. It is a little soft and mushy at f/1.4 and it has a bit of purple fringing there, but I expected that. It sharpens quickly as you decrease the aperture. For the price this is an amazing lens. I love having an aperture ring for my old cameras, and manual focus is smooth and easy to use. Auto focus works great with my D7100. Remember that in order to auto focus you do need a camera with a screw drive focusing mechanism, so you will have to manually focus if you have beginner cameras like a D3200. The 50mm focal length is my favorite, even on my DX cameras where it gives the feel of about a 75mm lens. It is a nice field of view for just walking around taking pictures - not too zoom, not too wide, but you have to think about composition since you can't zoom in and out - which is great. I would recommend this as a first prime lens to anyone as long as they know they need a camera with a screw drive in order to take advantage of auto focus. You really can't go wrong with it.
It is sharp, lightweight, and great in low light.
I purchased this lens when I had my D80. It stuck with me on my D7000, and my D600. It's an excellent lens to use for portraits because you can really isolate your subject from the background. The low light capabilities are great, and auto focus in dark locations is much better than 3rd party lens manufacturers. I highly recommend this lens for individuals who really want to get creative with depth of field and have a solid workhorse for walking around.