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 clarity of this lens is breathtaking, the speed is nothing but mandatory. This lens has by far exceeded my expectations.
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.
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 !
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 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.
Sharp, fast focussing, excellent low light performance, perfect on my D4 and D810, no worries about tripods and flashes!
Great lens, it reminds me of my old film camera. It seems that no mater what i take the quality is unmatched.
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.
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.
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!