About Nikon 50mm F/1.4

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

The Nikon 50mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 50mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 50mm F/1.4: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (271),Lightweight (238),Consistent output (180),Easily interchangeable (147),Nice bokeh (136),Strong construction (129),Durable (117),Rugged (74),Clear glass (12),Easily mounted (12),Simple controls (8),Sharp (4) Compact (3),Easy to use (3) View All
Cons:
Slow focus (24),Blurry focus (13),Weak casing (8),Tough to attach (7),Poor in low light (3),Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (185),Night photography (164),Weddings (106),Landscape/scenery (76),General purpose (70),Sports/action (54),Portraits (47),Macro photography (18),Travel (16),Wildlife photos (16),Good in low light (14),Landscape photography (13) Fun (12),Special effects (12),Video (12),Upgrade (11),Photojournalism (9),Portrait (9),Documentary (7),Art (6),Professional work (4),Street photography (3),Back-up (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (108),Semi-pro photographer (70),Enthusiast (62),Pro photographer (25),Semi-professional (21),Professional (14),Casual photographer (12),Photography student (8),Beginner (4),Casual user (4)

Nikon 50mm F/1.4 Features

  • Fast f/1.4 prime NIKKOR lens - Perfect for low-light conditions, portrait 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
  • 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

Nikon 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

Construction
7 Groups/ 8 Elements
Angle of view
FX Format 46° / DX Format 31°
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
F stop range
1.4-16
Closest Focusing Distance
1.5 ft. (0.45m)
Maximum Magnification
0.15x
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.1 x 2.9"
Weight
10.2oz. (290g)

Nikon 50mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 460 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (319)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big rewards in a little lens

I purchased this lens for indoor low light portraits and found that it does equally well as an all purpose low light lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Auto focus failed without trauma

I Bought this version refurbished from Adorama. It initially worked wonderfully, but within three months the autofocus failed. It took me awhile to figure out the problem because it was at first intermittent. And I had to go through the camera not shooting at all at times. I finally determined that the camera failure to shoot problem was a lens failure to focus problem, and if I focused manually it would shoot. So at three months I finally understood the problem, but the Adorma warrently peri...

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I Bought this version refurbished from Adorama. It initially worked wonderfully, but within three months the autofocus failed. It took me awhile to figure out the problem because it was at first intermittent. And I had to go through the camera not shooting at all at times. I finally determined that the camera failure to shoot problem was a lens failure to focus problem, and if I focused manually it would shoot. So at three months I finally understood the problem, but the Adorma warrently period was over. I now have a good manual lens, only. I am not sure it will be worth the cost to repair it. My confidence in Nikon equipment has also taken a hit and I am afraid to buy a new lens.

Reviewed by 460 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Newark, DE, USA

Beautiful booked, very fast lens. Except for the slight vignetting, this is a real performer. I think, an ED glass could have made this lens best in the lineup.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tack Sharp ! Great Prime for Landscapes and Portraits

By

from Philadelphia, PA, USA

I work for Nikon ( lucky Me ) so I get to take home almost everything they Produce. Hands down I find myself Coming Back to this lens , Great Low Light ( might have to use manual ) Unbelievable sharpness, and its to die for when using Aperture mode . I Love it !

 
5.0

An Essential Tool In My Bag

By

from far, far northern California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Excellent and Bright Interior Lens

By

from San Diego, California

I use the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens to photograph famous paintings around the world in dimly lit museums. This lens provides excellent resolution, even at f/1.4, with little distortion. Below is a photo of Vincent van Gogh's "The Mulberry Tree" that hangs in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. I used a Nikon D700 camera body, a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/1.4, an ISO of 1000, Tungsten White Balance, and Center Weighted Metering.

 
5.0

Amazing lens for daytime or evening on the town

By

from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Sharp, fast focussing, excellent low light performance, perfect on my D4 and D810, no worries about tripods and flashes!

 
4.0

AFS 50

By

from Hawaii, USA

Great lens, it reminds me of my old film camera. It seems that no mater what i take the quality is unmatched.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it for indoor basketball

By

from St. Louis, MO, USA

Purchased this lens because it's a great prime lens / focal length for general purpose use and specifically to improve results for indoor basketball under challenging / artificial lighting conditions. Score! Other lenses have come and gone but this one stays in the bag. 50mm / FX is "right" for a lot of situations -- so everyone should have at least one -- and this is a fundamentally very good performer for the price point -- stills and video... Nikon covered the bases nicely here. The photos are beautiful. Build quality is A OK in my book. If you need a Nikon 50mm for FX you won't be disappointed with this one. Spending 3x as much will not produce better results for 99% of us. Improve your technique instead and pocket the money. Camera bodies will come and go. Glass holds value. This particular lens will always have a place in the bag.

 
3.0

Had hoped for more

By

from Kansas City, MO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Fast, sharp and light

By

from Harrisburg, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love this lens! It's super fast, tack sharp, and really light. I love switching from my 70-200 to my 50. Gives my arms and hands a break and lets me move around more. And the bokeh is beautiful!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice for nighttime street photography

By

from Sunrise Manor, NV, USA

I have found this lens to be the perfect companion for nighttime portraits of street people in Las Vegas. I use it with a D7100 and it gives me the perfect reach for finding subjects in the crowds of Fremont Street. This is the perfect FX lens to use on a DX body. It is clean, fast, and sure. If you have a DX it makes perfect sense to add this one to your collection. Now go have fun finding your subjects.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
PETER D  For Low light (no flash), walk-around shooting
mary h  I have a Nikon D7100 will this fit it?
GEORGE C  Yup! It's fast and sharp. You'll love it.
Shopper  is there 5 years warranty by nikon on this lens? (is the lens the model made for U.S.?)
Andrew R  Unfortunately no, this unit is a "grey market" item. "Grey Market," also known as "direct import," are products legally imported directly into the U.S., and not through the manufacturer's authorized agent/distributor. There is no difference in the actual products. However Grey Market products purchased from Adorama, are warrantied by Adorama for the same period as the U.S. warrantied products carry, for a period of one year. Grey Market products do not qualify for manufacturer's rebate programs.
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