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Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D

5 January 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid, small and physically light barrel at the same time,
  • excellent image quality from f/2.0,
  • chromatic aberration sensibly corrected,
  • low astigmatism,
  • good autofocus work,

Cons:

  • noticeably „soapy” image by f/1.4,
  • significant coma,
  • work against bright light could have been better,

The summary of this lens’s properties can’t be different from those of its competitors because the results are more or less the same. The final assessment is by all means positive despite several slip-ups, listed in the cons. The lens already from f/2.0 aperture is able to give outstandingly sharp images and, in fact, it is the most serious advantage (next to the build quality) which makes this lens stand out from its cheaper cousin with f/1.8 aperture. It seems that in this class Nikon offers us two really good lenses. Which one should be chosen? It depends on the capacity of your wallet and your personal demands concerning photographic equipment.


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Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 150
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.5, exp. 1/750 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.5, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 50 mm f/1.4D - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB



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