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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G

15 May 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary


Pros:
  • hard, relatively solid barrel,
  • excellent image quality in the frame center by f/1.8 and higher,
  • brilliant picture quality of DX matrix corner,
  • good picture quality of full frame corner,
  • sensible chromatic aberration correction,
  • slight coma in DX matrix corners,
  • very small astigmatism,
  • good transmission, reaching 96%,
  • autofocus quite quick and silent.

Cons:
  • a bit too soft at maximum relative aperture,
  • full frame distortion rather noticeable,
  • clear coma in the FX matrix corners,
  • vignetting at wide apertures on full frame ,
  • against the light work could have been better.


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. In fact this premiere mattered the least to the owners of Nikon D200/D300 and D80/90, because they could keep using the older Nikon AF 50 mm f/1.4D but even them could welcome a more silent autofocus and a better frame corner performance.

Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G is not without flaws. You could expect a better maximum relative aperture work, a lower coma and full frame distortion. On the other hand, the tested lens doesn’t stand out much from Zeiss Planar 1.4/50, which is twice as expensive – it’s really difficult to find a serious cause for complaint. Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G will be certainly a good companion to every Nikon reflex camera owner as it will allow you to take excellent photos in practically all conditions.

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Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 7.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 6.7 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1600 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 7.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1600 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.4 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/3.2, exp. 1/640 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 11.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/4000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 9.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/640 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/4000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 7.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.5 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1600 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 7.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/125 sek., ISO 100
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 15.7 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 9.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1000 sek., ISO 400
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 8.9 MB



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