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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Standard Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 215 reviews

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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  • Super slow focus and hardly ever got the focus right and it felt it's stuck and can't pass certain range until I manually twist the focus ring to adjust that stuck up area.Andy
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous bokeh at an affordable price

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    Tyler
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    I purchased this lens as an upgrade to my 1.8G FX lens. I was looking for the professional 1.4 look and it's there. This lens is a little heavier/meatier than it's 1.8 counterpart. Picture quality is great, I'd say it tends to shoot a little more on the warmer side than the 1.8. Now, I have seen reviews online that the 1.8 is technically sharper. I haven't personally done any side-by-side comparisons, but if you're shooting at 1.4 it's going to be a little soft. If it's between this lens and the 1.8 I think it comes down to how much you want to spend. If you've got the money, go with this lens. If you're on a budget, the 1.8 is a great lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens but a bit pricey for beginners

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    DCng
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    I'm am a DSLR beginner. Just bought my first DSLR and always want to get the shot of the blurry background. I bought the Nikon D3200 with the starter lens kit (18-55mm 3.5/5.6) ... didn't get the blurry background. So I read around the internet and learned that I need a lens that could do F 2.8 to achieve the effect I want. Looked around and found this lens 50mm prime 1.4. It was beyond my budget. I intended to spend about under $200 for my "test" lens ... which I can get the 35mm 1.8 for about $220. But this 50mm was on sale at Bestbuy so ... I read some good reviews about it and gave it a try. And it is a great lens. My first shot out of the box, I tried the maximum aperture 1.4 and the background was so blurred out and I was happy with it. It is still pricey for me but it comes with 5 years warranty from Nikon. So I decide to keep it and it is my primary and only lens now. It's fast auto focus ... great color ... good lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent low light lens!

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    FCWA871
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    The Nikon 50mm 1.4g lens is an excellent choice for any SLR user. It is a little heavier than the Nikon 50mm 1.8g, but the weight is balanced by it's exceptional light gathering capabilities. You can shoot without a flash indoors even at night. The 1.4 aperture also provides excellent depth of field control with awesome bokeh effects. The price is great for a lens of this quality and features. Metal mount, rear seal gasket, and internal silent wave motor focusing system are a few of the premium features you'll appreciate with this lens. A little more expensive than the excellent Nikon 50mm 1.8g, the 50mm 1.4g offers excellent value for long term ownership. Every SLR owner should have a 50mm lens and this is an excellent choice! Once you use the 50mm, you'll find it will be your go to lens for any shooting situation. I use mine 90% of the time...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Get the f/1.8G

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    smoogdog
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    I gave away my 50mm f/1.8G Nikon to a friends kid interested in photography about 6 months ago. I had missed that lens ever since. When I upgraded, I decided to go with the 1.4 instead. It is no where near the worth the jump for cost. Get the cheaper lens. I shoot a D850 and there is honestly so little difference in my shots that I kick myself for not saving the money every time I load up this lens. Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice lens. If I never had the 1.8, I would probably love it. But, comparing the two just makes this thing way overpriced. Don't do what I did.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lense!

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    Dunkin
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    Today I had a photo shoot and needed a lenses that can shoot an amazing BOKEH. Richard Perez a specialist in the department of Nikon & other Great cameras. Richard was very helpful, also he helped me find the lense I was looking for which turned out to be the 1.4G nikkor lense and it took amazing pictures with fast auto focus and beautiful Bokeh perfect the for the scene I did .I recommend you go to Richard Perez he was very informative and confident to see what I needed recommend this lense if your looking for a clean Bokeh !!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bright Fast Lens

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    DeGosh
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    I need a 50mm lens on my full frame camera and this is just the lens I was looking for. f1.4 makes manual focus at close distances a challenge but being able to focus at infinity makes focus much better for video use. I use this for documentary films and it does great at capturing action and does even better for interviews. If you want to use this with auto focus and you camera lets you choose the focus speed, I recommend the slowest setting. This will give you smooth looking focus, very close to what you would get if doing it by hand. The out of focus areas at 1.4 look amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Lens

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    liv2538
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    I bought this lens to go along with my D610 and I'm wondering if I would've been better off with the Sigma alternative. This is a great lens - the bokeh is absolutely dreamy and the color quality is great - my only concern is with the sharpness. My pictures seem to come out a little too soft sometimes, no matter the camera settings. Plus the "auto" part of the autofocus feature doesnt focus very well if its something further away than the 50mm distance. I usually have to switch into manual focus to get the shot. Overall, I am happy with this lens which is why I gave it 4 stars, but I do wish I had rented both this and the Sigma to compare before purchasing. Just a thought for those of you considering this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very sharp but a little slow to focus

    Posted
    Max2000

    Here is what I like about the Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens: It is short and light to carry. It looks great on my D7000. The manual focusing ring is smooth and the long travel allows for very easy, fine focusing adjustments. The Auto/Manual focus switch works well. This lens is as sharp as anything else I have ever owned. (but not at f1.4) Here is what I am not so happy with: The lens is the slowest to achieve auto focus I have ever owned. Images taken at f1.4 look like I had some kind of medium strength “soft focus” filter on the lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Shot with Every Snap

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    Stringent
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    After months of research, I finally decided on this product from Best Buy. Why Best Buy, because there is found the "Best" price; and although the lens was not in the store, they were more than happy and took the time while I had them switch from screen to screen while I checked the specs vs the price. On top of that, they offered free shipping to my address of choice and it arrived on time. I was surprised that I didn't receive any member Points for the purchase; yet they still remain my "1st Stop 2 Shop" when it comes to my electronic and photography needs for my business. Stringent Photography,LLC

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens!

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    MadSwan
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    I bought this to upgrade the lens that came with my Nikon 3300, spent a little more than I was budgeting but I wanted something to work well when I decide to upgrade my camera. What an amazing difference it makes even on an entry level camera. Fantastic clarity in low light and concert lighting (my primary use) I recommend it for anyone looking to take a step up from a basic lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for artistic close-ups

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    Geoquer
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    With a new baby on the way I needed a lens that would not only provide sharp close range photos, but work well with a wide range of lighting conditions. This lens nailed it. Open up the aperture to get tons of light without having to use the flash. This also gives the photos the depth of field that is seen in a lot of professional shots. The lens worked great on our Nikon D3000, even though it is designed for the larger frame cameras. Using it on the smaller frame camera does change the focal length of the lens from 50mm to something closer to 80mm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great beginner lens

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    Kenyatta
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    I can't say enough about how well this 50mm performs. My pics are amazingly sharp & sometimes even have a slightly cinematic feel. Each picture I've taken & posted on my fb page have received tons of compliments & good feedback. As I'm just beginning my photography journey to becoming a full fledged professional this is turning out to be a fantastic lens to help me reach that goal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous lens for the price

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    SunshineStudios
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    I am relatively new to the world of true photography, so the 50mm lens is taking a little getting used to. I tried working with it for kids photos, and have to figure out the "sweet spot." I have a D7000 body and am still learning that, too. Yet despite my newbie status this lens has given me some great images inside and out. I'm very glad I picked it up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must for me

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    april
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    This is one of the best lenses Nikon makes. It's focus is fast. It is sharp and quiet. This fast small lens has always been one of my favorites and one I use the most. Small and light, easy to transport. Absolutely amazing for portraits and even some macro work. If you don't have one you need one. And best buy has been great with their price guarantee. I paid 449 and they dropped the price to 399 2 weeks later. I went back and they refunded me the difference. Love Best buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad luck maybe

    Posted
    Andy
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    My copy is not focusing with my D610. Super slow focus and hardly ever got the focus right and it felt it's stuck and can't pass certain range until I manually twist the focus ring to adjust that stuck up area. I live so far away. I live on Guam. And the shipment takes 2 months normally so I don't want to go through the motion to ship it back and get a new one in another 4 months back and force. I just choose to keep it maybe later on sell it as a defect lens for $50.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don’t overlook this one for DX

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    lawrose
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    I bought this lens as my goto for portraits on my DX cameras, but also as my see in the extreme dark lens. 1.4 gathers 2/3 of a stop more light than 1.8 and when you need it, it matters. This lens would also be a great first lens if you are considering an FX body, or even with the new Z 6 or Z 7 and it’s adaptor. Nothing not to like.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    Maryannwho
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    This is my favorite lens! It gives me awesome results with my Nikon D5300! I recommend this to my friends/family who are interested in getting a DSLR and better lenses. Absolutely no regrets and one of the best investments I’ve ever made!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bokehlicious

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    ImageronStudios
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    I've had this lens for approximately two weeks and have been taking it out every night for some shots at a night time tropical bar. With the mixture of colors and low light mood, this lens is able to capture my subject with no issue. It is a little slow to focus sometimes but what do you expect, it's 1.4. Regardless this lens will produce tack sharp and vivid imagery if you utilize it properly! Get your hands dirty!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST LENS EVER!!!

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    nobody
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    I was going to get the 85mm 1.8G but, oh boy I'm glad I bought this one. Since the lens is 1.4G it makes the photo a lot sharper on the thing or person you are focusing and everything else comes about blurred out like if you had a 5,000 dollar camera. Worth it all the way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    KN1C0L3
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    I absolutely love this lense. I went in thinking I knew which one I wanted from my intermediate knowledge... After telling the associate what I was trying to do with my camera this is the product he suggested for me. We tried 3 lenses and I was happy with what I could see from this one. I went to the Best Buy near the Columbiana Mall in South Carolina.

    I would recommend this to a friend