Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens

Model #1902

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.5 x 1.7" (6.35 x 4.32 cm)
Filter thread 52 mm
Weight 8.1 oz (230 g)


Camera mount type Nikon F
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:6.6
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view 46°
DX Picture Angle: 31°
Groups/elements 6/7
Magnification 0.15x
Focal length 50 mm
Diaphragm blades 7
Minimum focus distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)


Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
1 February 2010

In addition to backwards compatibility with AI models of the past, what else does this fast yet affordable prime offer? Find out in the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D review

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    Bargain price

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    Non-IF focusing

Dp review.32823956
10 September 2008

Anyone reading this review shortly after that of the Canon EF 50mm F.4 USM will surely be experiencing an uncanny sense of deja vu; the two lenses' characteristics and performance are remarkably similar, as we might expect from designs of similar vintage and optical formula from two of the leading...

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    Excellent image quality when stopped down, Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration

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    Distinctly soft at wider apertures, Bokeh chromatic aberration, most visible at wide apertures, Broad blue-coloured halation at wide apertures, Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (essentially disappears by F2.8)

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
6 June 2009

Despite the aging design of the lens, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D remains a pretty strong contender in the world of 50mm primes. The lens is not without weaknesses - image performance at wider apertures, especially f/1.4 leaves quite a bit of room for improvement.

31 December 2010

Handling and features This standard 50mm prime lens is a popular used buy, but still available new for a reasonable discount over Nikon's latest 50mm f/1.4G. New it can be picked up for around £240, or £150 or less if buying used.

Imaging resource.34355410
23 November 2009

Despite using a 15-year-old optical formula, the lens still stands up to scrutiny: while it's not tack-sharp when used wide-open, it's still quite good, and stopped down to Æ’/2.8 image quality is excellent. At Æ’/8, it's as sharp as sharp gets.

4 March 2013

If having a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and saving pennies are both important then the older 50mm f/1.4D makes a compelling case for buying used. For the sake of around £30, if buying new then the updated lens will probably make more sense.

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    Good sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture, Outstanding sharpness when stopped down, A good value used buy, Decent enough build quality

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    Screw-driven focus, Soft with falloff at f/1.4, Basic design lacks luxuries of more modern lenses

Lenstip com.34355424
5 January 2011

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.

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    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,

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

Photozone de.34752480
8 March 2010

Normal primes have a long standing reputation of high quality for an affordable price and the Nikkor AF-D 50 makes no exception to this rule. The lens is able to deliver very sharp images, at least slightly stopped down.

Photozone de.34752480
26 December 2007

Similar to its cousin (AF 50mm f/1.8 D) the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D is a very good performer. At f/1.4 the contrast is a little on the low side and the borders may be a little soft but from f/2.8 & up the performance is really superb.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
5 June 2016

As a pro I have owned a couple of the new AFS-50mm 1.4s and this older model out does them all. Super sharp at all f stops. Yeah, the auto focus is louder than the new model and the focus ring rotates. Focus is just as fast and accurate. I use on a Nikon D810 and get outstanding results, always.

18 January 2017

I am using this on my F100. The focus is very fast and very accurate. The bokeh is creamy and not distracting. I especially love this lens with traditional black-and-white films. The graininess works with the bokeh to produce very interesting photos.

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    Rugged, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh

5 June 2017

Been using it for a while nice lensI'd prefer this over the G version anyday

Imaging resource.34355410
24 July 2013

I purchased this lens new. It was very soft from wide open to F8. Usable from 11 to 16. Maybe I had a bad copy but this was the worst Nikon lens I ever owned. Returned it within days. This copy was made in China. I don't know if that makes a difference in the build/optical quality.

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    has an aperture ring

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    soft, soft soft

Abt electronics.32817785
12 May 2013


Shopping com.33655990
29 September 2010

50mm f/1.4 D Nikkor Lens. I have had this lens for some time now and it is very sharp and fast. Fabulous for low light shooting. A must for every photographer.

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    Sharp and very fast, great for low light shooting

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Photography review.34752477
3 August 2009

This lens is an absolut must for any Nikon photographer. It's sharp as hell, it's ok cheap and the DOF is really outstanding. This lens purpose best with portraits and food photography. It's also completely ideal for low-light situations. If you can't afford the 85mm 1.8, this is the way to go.

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    Fast, Razor sharp (specially at f/4), Amazing DOF, Lightweight and Compact (can be fitted into a pocket), Price., A MUST for any Nikon photographer.

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    Slightly soft contrast at f/1.4 but not really noticeable. Could be bigger in size, but whatever...

B h photo.32817553
2 August 2017

An excellent light weight walk around utility lens for casual shooting with a D750. Purchased this lens to use while my Nikon f/1.4G was sent to Nikon for fix autofocus problems. For my causal shooting style performance of the 1.4G is not as good as the 1.4D.

Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Fast Maximum Aperture
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 18"
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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