Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens

Model: 2180

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Weight 9.9 oz (281 g)
Filter thread 58 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.9 x 2.1" (7.37 x 5.33 cm)


Groups/elements 7/8
Minimum focus distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Magnification 0.15x
Angle of view 46°
DX Picture Angle: 31°
Focal length 50 mm
Camera mount type Nikon F
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:6.6
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
4 March 2013

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G is a fast-aperture standard-angle lens for Nikon D-SLRs. It's tack sharp, even at f/1.4, and earns our Editors' Choice award.

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    Extremely sharp. Fast aperture. Reasonable price tag.

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    No aperture control ring. No vibration reduction.

Photography life.34752476
26 June 2017

This is an in-depth review of one of my favorite prime lenses – the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, which was announced back in September of 2008. For many years the focal length of 50mm lenses was considered a “standard” or “normal” focal length, because it closely resembles the perspective of the human eye.

What digital camera.32818507
1 February 2010

As our AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G review discovers, this flagship prime lens from Nikon delivers excellent results in a small and lightweight package.

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    Quick and quiet AF

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    Poor retro compatibility

Dp review.32823956
19 June 2009

The AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G was, at its introduction, hailed by Nikon as 'redefining the standard lens concept'. It turns out that in many ways that was no idle boast - in almost all respects the lens is clearly improved over its predecessor, the AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4D .

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    Extremely even image quality across the frame, even on FX, Improved image quality over 50mm F1.4D at large apertures, Exceptional image quality when stopped down, Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration, Near-silent AF-S focus with full-time manual override

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    Slightly soft at large apertures, Somewhat susceptible to flare, Longitudinal (bokeh) chromatic aberration, most visible at large apertures, Vignetting at large apertures on full frame (essentially disappears by F2.8), Slower autofocus than the screw-drive AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4D

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
1 February 2010

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G is the latest update to the venerable Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D. The Nikon communality has been expecting this lens for quite some time now, considering that the previous version of the lens was introduced in 1995 and has not seen any updates since then.

14 May 2015

Nikon's latest take on the classic "fast fifty" knocks it out of the park.

28 June 2010

Nikon's 50mm lens line up has now received the AF-S treatment. Here Gary Wolstenholme puts this optic to the test.

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    Excellent optical quality, Good build quality, Light weight, Good value

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    Focusing speed lower than previous version, 58mm filter size not common for Nikon prime lenses.

Pop photo.32824722
23 April 2009

The newest version of Nikon's storied 50mm f/1.4 boasts a redesigned optical formula for more effective flare prevention. A 75mm equivalent on Nikon smaller-sensor DX bodies, this $500 (street) full-framer also has a circular-bladed aperture for smoother defocusing. HANDS ON

16 September 2010

Overall, I think that the new 50mm f/1.4 AF-S is a great little lens, and I'm glad to see that the old AF-D model has finally been replaced. There's a lot to like about the new and improved lens – better image quality all around and lots of small improvements in the overall design.

Imaging resource.34355410
9 February 2009

The Nikon 50mm Æ’/1.4G AF-S tested well in our labs, marred only by soft results with significant corner shading when set to its widest aperture. Set to Æ’/2 it makes a nice portrait lens - sharp center, soft corners - and by Æ’/2.8 it's a decently sharp lens across the image.

User Reviews
14 March 2017

After eight years and over a hundred thousand images, the 50mm 1.4 is still the lens I reach for most often, and (along with my 20mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8) one of the three lenses I just can't imagine living without.

17 January 2017

This lens spends much of its time on my D810. The lens is incredibly sharp, very well built and sucks in light like a black hole. Very satisfied.

31 March 2015

images here are from a sports banquet that had very low lighting. I took the shots without flash. the brighter one was processed using the "one step photo fix" option in Corel Paintshop Pro

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    Crisp Images, Exceptional In Low Light, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh

7 March 2013

This len takes very sharp pictures from f/2.8 to f/8 . Photos taken with this len has a very natural look and colors. Great upgrade from my older 50mm f/1.4D.

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    Very sharp, light and quiet. Pictures has a very natural look and colors. Sells at a bargain price.

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    Back focus slightly on the D7000, but can be corrected in camera.

20 September 2011

Great lens. If your just starting out as a photographer like myself, the bokeh is awesome with this. I used it on a D60, the bokeh was O.K., just turn it to landscape to get the f/1.4 and it was very good then...I put it onto my D3100 & it was the BEST! Right on auto it was f/1.4.

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    Bokeh, Macro, Portraits

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10 June 2011

The lens is ok, but I had bigger expectations for it. The AF doesn't work very well. It is also not very clear, at least in compare with the 35mm 1.8 I previously have.Overall, it is a good lens, but for the price ([$]), I would recommend 35mm 1.8.

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    Strong Construction, Nice Bokeh, Durable

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    Blurry Focus

16 March 2011

Love this lens for generel photography and as a short portrait lens. AF is precise could be faster. Sharpness is great over the whole frame stopped down a bit and in the center it's quite good wide open too.

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    sharpness, build quality, AF precision

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    AF a little slower than the old version

22 December 2012

Pass on this 50mm. There are better/smarter choices.

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    Good optics, well built

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    Not class leading yet priced that way, slow AF-S

2 weeks ago

This lens allowed me to take the most beautiful photos with a perfectly blurred background. My customer was wowed and stunned by how amazing her photos looked. It completely opened the image up and made it look clear and crisp.

Product Highlights
  • Fast f/1.4 Prime Nikkor Lens
  • Silent Wave Motor/Fast, Accurate AF
  • Ideal Portrait Lens on DX-format D-SLRs
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Close Focusing to 1.5' (0.5 m)
  • Normal Angle of View on FX-format D-SLRs
  • Weighs only 9.9 oz (280 g)
  • Only 2.1" (54.2mm) Long
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  • CL-1013 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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