Nikon Nikkor 50 mm F/1.4 SWM AF-S M/A G Lens Reviews
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Nikon Nikkor 50 mm F/1.4 SWM AF-S M/A G Lens

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Below Expectations

Dec 22, 2012
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Pros:Good optics, well built

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

The Bottom Line: Pass on this 50mm. There are better/smarter choices.


This is the new AF-S Version of the well regarded 50mm AF-D 1.4, which is still available. 

Overall:
This is a bit beefier, if memory serves, than my old 50mm 1.4, and it also feels better with tighter tolerances.

Optics:
They're good, though not great and this is the problem. The new 50mm 1.8G AF-S version is as sharp, has nice bokeh, focuses faster and costs half as much. Frankly, if you're going to spend this much on a 50mm prime take a look at the Sigma 50mm 1.4 which is still the best around, though large! Nikon's 50mm 1.4 AF-S is fine, but then so are all of the other versions and it's pretty hard to get excited since Nikon did not push the envelope with this one. The lens is not wonderful wide open, though it will serve. You'd have a hard time telling shots from this lens vs. those taken with the 120 dollar 50mm AF-D 1.8, so think carefully about how you spend your money. Some lenses, like the new 85mm 1.8G AF-S are over-achievers. But not this 50mm!

Finally:
I'd take a hard look at the beautiful Sigma 50mm 1.4 or simply grab one of the older versions or the 1.8G. I don't see this version as a good photographic investment. 


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