Nikon 50mm AF-S vs AF-D

This article is a comparison between the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens versus the older Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF-D.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF-D

First of all, I want to start out by saying that the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 is my favorite low-light and portrait lens. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens was one of my first lenses that I bought and I have been using it more than any other lens, even today. I was very excited when the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G came out, because I loved the older version and couldn’t imagine how good the new one would be with all of the new enhancements that Nikon has been adding to their line of lenses. So, as soon as the update came out, I pre-ordered one from B&H and started using it more than the older version for my everyday photography needs. I use it for all indoors/low-light photography and especially to photograph my two boys.

Osman and Omar, captured with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens

Omar and Osman, captured with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens

1) Key differences

  1. Autofocus Speed, Internal Focus Motor: Just like the AF-D version, the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G has no internal focus motor, which is why the autofocus speed on both lenses is slow. I was expecting the new “AF-S” version to be faster, but unfortunately, it is actually slower than the older lens. When both lenses cannot acquire focus, the time it takes for the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to go from infinity to 0.45m (on the distance scale) and back to infinity is about twice longer compared to the older “D” version. When I tested both cameras to focus from infinity to a nearby object, it was very clear that the newer lens acquires focus slower than the older version. But it is an extreme case and you are probably not going to see many situations where you have to go from infinity to close distance. For photographing my kids indoors that move non-stop, the new AF-S version focused almost as fast as the old one and I did not see any focus problems with it. In addition, the new 50mm f/1.4G is “AF-S”, which means Autofocus with a Silent Wave Motor, the autofocus will function on all entry-level cameras such as Nikon D40/D60/D3000 and D5000 that have no autofocus motor in the camera body (the older Nikon 50mm f/1.4D or Nikon 50mm f/1.8D will not autofocus on these cameras). With the Silent Wave Motor, the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is also much quieter than the older version.
  2. Optics and Sharpness: Optically, the new 50mm AF-S lens has more elements – 8 elements in 7 groups, compared to 7 elements in 6 groups in the older lens. While Nikon did not use any of the new “N” (nano-coated) glass in the new lens, sharpness-wise, the new 50mm f/1.4G is slightly sharper than the older version, especially wide open (see samples below).
  3. Aperture Ring: The new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is a “G” lens, and therefore, has no aperture ring (the old one does). Not a concern if you are shooting digital, but you cannot use it with the older manual focus film cameras.
  4. Bokeh (Background Blur): The older f/1.4D lens has 7 straight blades in its diaphragm, which results in a heptagon-shaped bokeh. The new 50mm f/1.4G lens has 9 rounded blades, producing a much more pleasant round-shaped bokeh. When shooting at maximum aperture, there is a visible amount of “outlining” in the bokeh (also present on the older 50mm lens), which is a visible line around the bokeh circle. But if you stop the lens down to f/2.0 or higher, this outlining effect pretty much disappears, making the bokeh look much smoother.
  5. Manual Focus Operation: One of the annoyances of the older Nikon 50mm f/1.4D, was the fact that you could not manually focus the lens while it was set for autofocus – you had to change the camera to “Manual” focus. With the new 50mm “G”, this problem is eliminated – you can either set the lens to “M/A” mode, which means “Autofocus with Manual Override” or “M” mode, which is fully manual. This is nice, because I now do not have to remember to change a camera switch in order to manually focus in extreme conditions.
  6. Filter size: The filter size on the f/1.4G version is 58mm, while the older f/1.4D’s filter size is 52mm.
  7. Lens front Rotation and use with Filters: While the 58mm is not a standard filter size for 50mm lenses, the good news is that the lens thread on the new Nikon 50mm AF-S does not rotate when the camera autofocuses. In the older AF-D version, the lens barrel would change depending on the distance between the camera and the subject. I personally found this a little annoying on the older lens, because dust particles would occasionally get in between. Because of this, you will find that keeping the new 50mm lens clean is easier than the old one.
  8. Handling and weight: Both lenses are very lightweight (new 290g, old 260g) and are both great to handle. The only key difference worth noting is that the new 50mm AF-S lens has a larger barrel compared to the old 50mm lens.
  9. Vignetting/Light falloff: There is moderate vignetting visible at maximum aperture (f/1.4) on both lenses, which is practically eliminated when stopped down to f/2.0.
  10. Lens hood and Flare: The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G now comes with a lens hood! This is great, because the older version did not, and you had to buy it separately. When it comes to flare, I found that it is quite controllable on both lenses.
  11. Distortion: The new 50mm AF-S has a little more distortion than the older AF-D version. It is not heavily noticeable though and can be fixed in post-production, if it becomes an issue. Again, this is not a lens for architectural photography, so the distortion does not bother me at all.

2) Lens sharpness test at maximum aperture

The new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S is definitely a little sharper wide open than its predecessor. As can be seen from the below screenshots, the difference is certainly visible at maximum aperture. At f/2.8 and above, the lenses perform equally well, although the new 50mm tends to have slightly better corner sharpness all the way to f/5.6.

Nikon 50mm f1.4D AF-D @ f1.4

Nikon 50mm f1.4D AF-D @ f1.4

Nikon 50mm f1.4G AF-S @ f1.4

Nikon 50mm f1.4G AF-S @ f1.4

3) Final verdict and recommendations

So, is the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4G worth the upgrade? Absolutely! Although the focus speed is slightly slower when compared to the older 50mm AF-D lens, there are many more benefits to the new 50mm lens, including increased sharpness and better bokeh. Those two reasons alone are worth the difference in pricing between the old 50mm and the new one. I personally shoot the 50mm lenses at near maximum aperture to get a shallow depth of field, so the improved performance at wide apertures is very important for me.

Sunset panorama, captured with Nikon D700 & Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens

Sunset panorama, captured with Nikon D700 & Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens

The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S is also my wife’s most favorite lens that she uses for all of her food photography. She loves the fact that the lens is very compact, light and yet produces stunningly beautiful images. She heavily uses this lens for wedding and other event photography as well.

Crepe Recipe

Shot with Nikon D300 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens @ 1/100, f/4.0

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Lia
    January 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    i don’t know about nikon, but the boys are too sweet:) lucky you!

    • January 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Lia, thank you! Yes, I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family! :)

      • 195
        ) Luca
        January 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

        hello , i’m sorry for my english but i’m italian , so i speak english very bad …i Have the both lenses D made in Japan and G made in China . I Think that the d serie is the best , the colors are better , the distortion barrel and lenses quality too . I’ not shure that the photos in sharpness test were shut with different lenses , i mean that are a same foto , shut with G serie lens , the only difference is the focusing , there is a little beat defocusing for “D” lens “test”… we can notice this because the diaphragm is circular in the both photos and the D serie haven’t a circula diaphragm but an eptagonale (7 side ) diaphragm. What do you mean about??

      • 206
        ) Muhammad Omer
        March 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

        Hello mansurov, Is it wise to buy the old afd lenses on entry level dx bodies, they are dirt cheap and im a beginner so i have no problem manually focusing lenses.

    • 199
      ) SKAI collo
      May 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      hello Nasim,

      i have nikon d90… am exploring to buy 50mm 1.4 af-s. does it works in my camera? am not a professional but i love taking pictures…

      right now i have 55-180 nikon lens, with the purchase of the camera.
      Appreciate your comments and Thanks you.

      Skai

      • 201
        ) ajay
        August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Hi even am planning to get 50mm lens 1.4 for my D90. Plz if anyone experienced with it can suggest me and also let me kno the pros and cons for the lens.

        • November 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          Hi Skai and Ajay.
          The 50mm 1.4 D and 1.4G will both work on the D90 as the D90 has a built in motor. Enjoy!

          • 204
            ) ajay
            November 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

            Thnx for your reply tomas haran.

  2. 3
    ) Faizul
    January 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Amazing articles, I really enjoy the food and photography articles. Very interesting review.

    • January 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Faizul, you are most welcome! Thank you for your feedback :)

  3. 5
    ) Trissa
    February 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for this article. I just got the lower end model the 1.4D recently and had a choice to get the 1.4S but was not sure if I should “pay up” the difference. I was thinking for my needs I don’t need to (only for my blog) but reading this, I wish I had! Maybe next time! Anyway, great site – will be back more often!

    • February 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

      Trissa, thank you for your feedback! Do not worry about the difference – 50mm f/1.4D is still a beautiful lens. It gave me so many great pictures and I still use it quite a bit on our D300 body.

      Your website is very nice, good luck with your photography! :)

    • 123
      ) Kat M.
      October 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      You didn’t miss out on anything. The G line means that they removed a feature, the aperature ring. They did this so it can’t be used on a manual focus camera. Just because they put a new model out doesn’t mean it’s an improvement. And this lens actually has less distortion than the supposed upgrade. You did the right thing.

      • 124
        ) Kat M.
        October 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

        Not only that the 50mm 1.4d is one of the sharpest lenses you can buy so seriously don’t worry about that either.

        • 125
          ) Kat M.
          October 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm

          My mistake I missed some of the info above, yes it sounds like the AF-S is better in a lot of ways over the AF.

          • 126
            ) Kat M.
            November 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

            Sorry I mean AF-D as you call it. Nikon says they are both considered D lenses.

            • 127
              ) Kat M.
              November 1, 2010 at 12:08 am

              Ok Nikon calls it that too, but anyway…they are both D.

  4. February 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hey Nasim,

    What do you think of the 50mm 1.8D for food photography? The reason I ask is that there seems to be rather large price differential between the 1.4 and 1.8

    • February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Asha, the 50mm f/1.8D lens will work great for food photography, as long as your camera has an autofocus motor. If you have a basic camera like the Nikon D40/D40x/D3000/D5000/D60, you will need to get an AF-S lens such as Nikon 35mm f/1.8G.

      Hope this helps.

  5. 9
    ) Harmanizan
    February 25, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Nasim..
    Will i get those beautiful panorama and food picture quality (as per attached by u) if i use d5000 with Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S.
    Thanks.

    • February 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

      Harmanizan, the image quality truly depends more on the quality of light, rather than the type of lens you are using. We have recently experimented with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens and we loved it so much that my wife now wants one for her food photography.

      What are you shooting with today?

  6. 11
    ) Harmanizan
    February 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Nasim,,
    Act, i did not buy yet (d5000).
    maybe tomorrow i will buy it..
    i hope so.. i will inform u after i get that. ;)
    Now, im trying to get info about d5000.
    To be honest, im truly zero in DSLR.
    After 1 week research about what u have writing,
    totally its help me mate..!
    I think d5000 is suitable for person like me which is interested to get in here and start to take profesional picture.

    yeah, im waiting for tomorrow… ;)

    • February 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Harmanizan, I would take a serious look at the Nikon D5000 with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX lens as a combo for your first DSLR purchase. The 35mm lens is very inexpensive and delivers superb image quality on a DX body.

  7. 13
    ) Harmanizan
    February 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Nasim, i bought it already on yesterday… Yehuuuu… ;)
    guess what? Not D5000 but D90..
    Heehe..
    maybe i cannot sleep for one whole week.. ;)
    First choice is D5000 but the salesman promote me to get D90.
    Based on what u have writing before, its better to spend little bit more money
    then invest on D90 right?

    Oh ya, can u suggest me any articles or website that show a expressway/summary to use D90? The manual is too complicated to stand.

    • March 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      Harmanizan, congratulations with your purchase! The Nikon D90 is a superb camera and I love it more than my Nikon D300 :)

      It is definitely a good thing that you got the Nikon D90 over D5000 – you got yourself a semi-professional serious camera with great features. I love the fact that there is an LCD screen on top of the camera…don’t know what I would do without it :)

      So do not regret it…you have made the right choice and the Nikon D90 will serve you well for a long time!

  8. 15
    ) Harmanizan
    March 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Same goes to me Nasim.. ;) Thanks again..
    I would like to know, it cames with kit lense 18-105mm 3.5-5.6G.
    its suitable for what type of photograpy?
    Then, can u suggest me to get 1 more of another lense..?
    for your info, i would like to take picture of my family, landscape, close-up, and my wife as my trial modelling. ;)

    Thanks for your advise..

    • March 5, 2010 at 12:47 am

      Harmanizan, the 18-105mm lens is a good general lens for wide-angle and medium telephoto work. It is not the best lens in the world, but is good enough for most photography needs.

      I would recommend a fast aperture lens as your second lens. Either the excellent Nikon 35mm f/1.8 or the superb Nikon 50mm f/1.4. The 35mm would probably work best on the D90, because the 50mm might seem a little too long…

      • 59
        ) gemstone13
        June 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

        Hi Nasim, great site and i love it!
        Could you explain what you do mean by 50mm might seem too long for D90?

        Thanks for your attention!

      • 196
        ) Harto
        January 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

        Hi Nasim, warm great from indonesia… n thanks for finally i found your site to be my reference in photography.

        I’m Nikon D90 user, i just bought it 2 months ago. Now i’m consider to have my first prime lense. If i buy Nikon AF 50mm f1.4D, my question is whether i would have a problem with autofocus especially to catch moving subject ? Is the internal autofocus at D90 body will pretty good if using this lens ? As i know this lens has no Silent Wave Motor (SWM). Please your advice…

        Thanks

  9. 17
    ) Jabari
    March 5, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Great article! I currently have a 50mm 1.8D. I can’t honestly say that the performance of either 1.4 is enough to make my trade up considering the price difference. However, if/when a time comes that I need to replace it I’ll go for the 1.4S after reading your review!

    On thing though…my 1.8D allows me to manual focus when the camera is set to autofocus. The 1.4D really doesn’t?

    • March 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      Jabari, yeah, the 1.4D does not allow focus override when set to autofocus…

  10. 19
    ) Jabari
    March 11, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Sort of an off topic question. My “wish list” of lenses includes…

    – Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8
    – Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8
    – Nikkor 70-200.. 2.8 VRII

    Lately I’ve been using my 50mm 1.8 a LOT. It’s got me thinking that I may not really need the 24-70mm. I can “sneaker zoom” the 50mm for the same range. My only concerns are color and contrast. I’ve heard the the 24-70mm is better with both. If the 50mm 1.4G is on par with the 24-70mm in those areas then I’ll get it and put the rest of the money I would have spent on the 70-200mm instead. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks in advance!

    • March 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Jabari, sorry for a late response. If you are getting the Nikon 14-24mm lens, then I would skip the 24-70mm range and shoot with the 50mm, if necessary.

      What body do you shoot with?

      • 21
        ) Jabari
        March 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

        No problem! I have a D2X, but I plan to get a D3S in the near future…

        • March 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

          Jabari, have you checked out the new Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 VR lens yet? I find it much better than my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G and it can take filters.

          I have a D300, D700 and D3s and found that this lens performs flawlessly on all Nikon bodies. It is one of the sharpest ultra-wide angle lenses Nikon has made.

          • 147
            ) Amol
            January 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

            Nasim,

            From off and on Photography I am now seriously developing it as my next few years past time hobby.
            I have earlier used Olympus OM10 and liked it. Sony Cyber-shot 505 and loved it.
            I have just bought a Nikon D 7000 with its kit lens 18-105 , and also a 35mm F1.8G.
            My main interest are Indoors-Portraits, Parties, Family, Food, Artifacts etc. and Out Doors-Landscape, Nature and Birds.
            On my wish list, after reading your articles , are :

            1. Wide ? which one 14-24?
            2. Prime 50mm F1.4G Or 50mm f1.8d
            3. 85mm f1.4G ( dO i NEED IT????)
            4. Tele ????? ( is my current 105 enough for d7000?)

            Will appreciate your advise.

            Amol

          • 171
            ) Teresa
            October 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

            Will this lens work on a D70?

  11. 23
    ) Mahmood
    March 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hello Nasim,

    I just discovered your blog and I have to say, you have a passion for photography. The framing, sharpness and saturation in your photos are stunning. I have bookmarked your site for future articles.

    Anyway, I have a question I think you might be able to help with. I have a D70 with 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 lens. I also have the 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, and a Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro. I am going to upgrade to the new D90 soon, but am not sure about the ‘Kit’ lens (18-105). Do you have any experience with the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VRII? I thought about the Nikon 18-200 VRII, but from all the reviews I read (and samples I saw), I don’t think it is as good. The only other lens I am looking at is Tamron 17-50 f2.8 VC. I don’t want to spend $$ for the Nikon 17-55 2.8. I take mostly indoor photographs of kids and gatherings (with and w/o a dedicated flash).

    On a separate note: I do not use my non-VR 18-70 lens that often now-a-days. My 50mm and 85mm prime lenses produce much better pictures (even my Sigma zoom does). I hope the VR or VC does make a difference. May be the newer CMOS sensor in the D90 creates better images. However, do you think that the 16-85 (with a 35mm f/1.8 down the road) or the Tamron 17-50 (w/constant 2.8 aperture and a VC) would be a better choice? Thanks.

    • March 24, 2010 at 2:26 am

      Mahmood, thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment! I’m glad you liked our pictures and our website :)

      As far as the lens, I personally wouldn’t buy the kit lens or the 16-85mm and would go for the 35mm f/1.8 instead…

      • 25
        ) Mahmood
        March 24, 2010 at 7:54 am

        Nasim, thanks for your fast reply. I am seriously considering Nikon 35mm f/1.8 as part of my gear in the near future. I have found the 85mm f/1.8 to be an excellent portrait lens (better than the 50mm f/1.8) and coupled with the 35mm f/1.8, it would provide me the capabilities of indoor low-light snapshots and group pictures (thus eliminating the need for a dedicated 50mm prime). Having said that, I still need to decide on an all around zoom lens for convenience and flexibility. That’s why I am trying to decide on the following:

        # Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VRII
        # Tamron 17-50 f2.8 VC
        # Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VRI
        # Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (non VC)
        # Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VRI
        # Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VRII

        My obvious choice are the first two. The 18-200mm VRII is a very popular lens for obvious reasons, but if changing lenses is not a hinderance, there are other cost effective options (e.g., 18-55 and 55-200) that give better end results. Remember, I came to this conclusion not because I own any of these lenses, but because I’ve read hundreds of reviews, opinions, and articles on them. Please tell me if I am wrong. So my question is, do I gain anything significant by opting for the Nikon 16-85 or the Tamron, or I’ll be just fine with the 18-105 kit lens? Thanks again from Raleigh, NC.

        • March 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm

          Mahmood, considering that Nikon is giving away $300 on the Nikon D90 and 18-200mm VR II lens combo, I would suggest getting the 18-200mm VR II (it is a great value). None of the other lenses you listed above currently have rebates…

          If you need the 18-200mm range, do not bother with getting two separate lenses. While you might get a slightly better performance with the two lenses separately, having to constantly change lenses is inconvenient and will add more dust to your sensor.

          The rebates end this weekend, so I would hurry up if I were you. Here is the link for the rebates page with all current deals.

          With the $300 rebate, I wouldn’t bother looking at the 18-105.

          Hope this helps.

  12. 27
    ) Mahmood
    March 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated.

  13. April 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the review! I was also looking at Ken Rockwell’s page on these lenses, but I still can’t decide between the two.

    I’m currently shooting from a Nikon D90 and I’m getting into concert photography.
    The 50mm f/1.4 really stood out to me because of it’s large aperture and ability to take sharp pictures, but I’m torn as to whether I should get the older AF-D or the new f/1.4g AF-S. Could I get your opinion on this? I’m a fairly amateur photographer and I’m not too well versed in these things yet.

    Thanks!

  14. 30
    ) haykong
    April 18, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I think you have a mistake on your article, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S has an internal focus motor, it has a silent wave motor, which allows it to AF with cameras like Nikon D40/D60 D3000/D5000.

    If you want a fast AF, I would go for the Sigma 50mm F1.4.

    • 31
      ) haykong
      April 18, 2010 at 12:40 am

      oops.. my mistake… did not read the rest of the article til now… my apologies…

      • April 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

        No problem :) Please let me know if you have any questions.

  15. 33
    ) shalom
    April 22, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Hello,
    I’m choosing between these two lens.
    Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G vs 35mm f/1.8G

    I’ve checked through the reviews but couldn’t really finalise what I need. Of course the 50f1.4 price is higher than 35f1.8.

    Which is better performer for indoor shots?

    • April 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      Shalom, what camera body do you have, and what is the reason for wanting to purchase the 50mm or 35mm lens?

      If you have a DX camera and you are looking for a normal lens to be used in low-light environments, then the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G is excellent. If you need a true portrait lens, however, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G would be a better choice.

      • 38
        ) Peng
        April 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

        Nasim and Shalom,

        I owned both Nikon 35mm f/1.8G and Nikon 50mm f/1.4G on my D90. They both are excellent lenses. The bokeh on the 50mm f/1.4G is superb. Nice creamy and round. I’m glad I got it over the AF-D version. Thanks Nasim for nice articles and lens comparison.

        • June 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

          Peng, thank you for your feedback!

        • 190
          ) ajay
          June 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          hi peng, i own nikon d90 planning to purchase single focal length lens but am really confused with 35mm f/1.8G or 50mm f/1.4G or 50mm f/1.8G. could u plz help me out. which one is best among these three lenses…

          • 191
            ) Peng
            June 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            Hi ajay,

            35mm f/1.8G is very versatile. I can use it indoors and outdoors with no problem. 50mm f/1.4G is great for bokeh and portrait but not a great ideal lens for me when used indoors (my place is small) but outdoors is super. When mounted to dx, 50mm become 75mm which is perfect for portrait.

            I don’t own 50mm f/1.8G but seems like a great affordable lens compared to 1.4G version. Now I upgraded to D700 full frame and 50mm f/1.4G is my favorite. The focal length is more useful than ever when mounted to full frame.

            Do you plan to upgrade to full frame in the future? If so, go with 50mm f/1.4G because 35mm f/1.8G is not designed to use with full frame. It’s a bit pricey but worth every penny. Hope this helps.

  16. 35
    ) shalom
    April 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    portrait shooting.

    i guess that 35mm f/1.8G is more value for my learning curve. I haven’t own a DX body yet, prefer D90. I’m using Canon Rebel T2i now. Thanks for your reply.

    • April 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Shalom, you are welcome! Yes, 35mm f/1.8G is a great start!

  17. 37
    ) Savan D.
    April 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I am a novice at SLRs and professional photography. I have recently purchased a Nikon D3000 (mostly because it fit into my budget :-| ) and am smitten by its features and capabilities. I am currently exploring the camera and taking a pic here and there when I find time.

    I need some advice from you. I am currently using the bundled lens (AF-S DX 18-55mm VR f/3.5-5.6G). Could you please tell me what sort of photos this camera/lens is best suited for? Any comments/feedback on this camera?

    The manual supplied with the camera is a bit too complex and technical to comprehend… :-(. Could you please suggest some website which would help me pick up some good photo capturing techniques?

    Thanks in advance,
    Savan D.

    • April 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      Savan, the 18-55mm is a general-purpose lens, so you can take any pictures with it.

      As far as general tips, have you seen my “Photography Tips for Beginners” page? It contains many basic articles for beginners.

  18. 40
    ) Sirisha
    May 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Reading so many comments and articles online actually made me more confused :).
    I have a D60 right now and I wanted to get a D90 in the near future sometime. I wanted to buy a 50mm portrait type of lens right now though. I was also hoping to use it more versatile if possible (maybe also do some macro shots?)

    I know D60s don’t have AutoFocus in the camera body so the lenses have to have them. D90 however does have it in the body. So what lens should I get which will allow me to take photos with my D60 until I have the funds to buy a D90? (will a lens AF conflict with a body’s AF?)

    I was confused between this article’s 50mm f/1.4G, 50mm f/1.4D, 50mm f/1.8G?, 35mm f/1.8.
    I’m still just learning but wanted to take it further. I currently just have the kit lens (18-55mm and the 80-200 zoom lens).

    Can you clarify and help? I don’t need a long answer, maybe you can point me somewhere? Thanks!

  19. 49
    ) don
    June 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

    nice to see you sharing your knowledge and passion- I was trying to decide firstly between the 1.8 and 1.4 and then between the 1.4D and G, but you’ve definently steered me to the 1.4G. I primarily take newborn photography but also want to get some great outdoor portraits-I must say I’m in love with good bokeh and you article has really helped me- thanyou so much I appreciate it.

    • June 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      Don, you are most welcome! You will not be disappointed with the 50mm f/1.4G, for sure :)

      Good luck with your photography!

  20. 51
    ) farid
    June 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    hi nasim,
    i using d3000 for couple of months now…. after looked at most of your comments, i try to search for the price of those lenses that you recommended… the price quite a boom for me as a newbie in this field… the one that catched my eyes was spec. AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8D …. affordable but not sure about the performance with my non AF motor DSLR…. do hope your advice for this lense…. if it’s good i will buy this as my first purchase of DSLR lense…. cherios…

    • June 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      Farid, don’t buy the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D, because it will NOT autofocus on your D3000. You certainly do not want to be manually focusing a portrait lens, especially if you are a beginner.

      For a little more in price, you can also get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens, which is a great buy for a DX camera. It is very sharp and works great for low-light environments.

      • 58
        ) Mujahid
        June 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

        Thank you for the nice post and your replies for almost every response.

        I have got D3000 and 50 mm f/1.8D! Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for manual focusing practice? Buying 35MM f/1.8G is not an option for me, at-least now :(.

        • June 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

          Mujahid, it would be tough to get 100% accurate focus at maximum apertures due to shallow depth of field. What I would do, is try to shoot at f/2.8 and above and watch your focus through viewfinder while rotating the focus ring on the lens. Don’t forget to set your lens focus switch to “M”.

          It is tough, but you can certainly get pretty good with manual focusing if you practice enough. Definitely review your images after each shot to see what you need to work on.

  21. 52
    ) siju
    June 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

    hey!! nasim

    i am usin a nikon d90…i am confused bw 50mm 1.4 g or 1.4 d….from the reviews came to know 1.4 d images are sharper and is a better lens than 1.4 g..it seems to be the sharpest among 50mm leans except for the bokey..is that true..which one do i but..as i am having d90 do u think 1.4 d will give me good results

    • June 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Siju, where did you see in reviews that the 50mm f/1.4D is sharper than 50mm f/1.4G? It should be the other way around. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is newer and certainly sharper than the 50mm f/1.4D, especially when shooting at maximum aperture. And bokeh certainly looks better on the newer “G” lens, because the older “D” lens has a 7 blade diaphragm which produces heptagon-shaped bokeh.

      If I were you, I would certainly go for the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G.

      • 55
        ) siju
        June 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

        thank you !! Nasim!! ,all i want to know is is it worth the $ 150 extra for 1.4 g when i have d90 in which autofocus will work for 1.4 d right?

        • June 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

          Siju, sorry for a late response. Sharpness-wise, the 1.4G is worth the extra $150 in my opinion. And yes, the 1.4D and the 1.8D will work on the D90.

  22. 56
    ) farid
    June 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

    thanks for the advice nasim…. i will consider the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G instead of 50mm f/1.8D….

  23. 57
    ) siju
    June 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

    hey nasim!!
    what do u think of 16-85mm lens…is it better than 18-105 in pic quality…is it worth spending extra buck for that lens in place of 16-85mm

    • June 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Siju, unless you need a wider angle, go for the 18-105mm lens instead.

    • 67
      ) Mahmood
      June 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

      Hi Siju,

      I struggled a lot deciding what walk-around lens to buy to go with my new D90 body when I upgraded from D70+18-70 combo. I considered the Nikon 18-105 VRI, Nikon 16-85 VRII, Nikon 18-200 VRII, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 OS, and Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC. The Nikon 18-70 is an excellent lens, but the lack of VR or high aperture was making me use it less and less than my prime lenses, especially indoors. I finally decided on the 16-85 VRII and I am happy I did.

      The 18-200 is an excellent lens for someone who wants the convenience of a larger zoom range with VRII, doesn’t want to change lenses and risk dust on the sensor. In my experience, the sensor will collect dust eventually after years of use anyway, and a advanced amateur photographer has to have the tools and know-how to clean the dust by his own. Besides, IMHO, a single lens cannot give you the picture quality of a combination of primes+zooms. I didn’t want to invest on a non-Nikon lens for my primary walk-around, so the decision was between the 18-105 and 16-85. Here are the reasons why I went with the 16-85: 2 ED and 3 ASP, compared to 1 ED and 1 ASP in 18-105, much better build quality, metal mount, rubber dust gasket seal (it is important), VRII, sharper (particularly in the corners – very important for me), distance scale, less distortion & the extra 2mm. The 18-105 produces excellent image quality according to most reviews and for a casual shooter, that should be enough given the price difference.

      The 16-85 is a superb lens for landscape, travel, outdoor photography, and group photos with good light. The VRII helps a lot with low shutter speeds. However, it is not good enough for low-light indoor photos (neither are the 18-200 or 18-105 lenses). So, one has to change lenses and go with a faster lens. I have the 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. I will probably buy the Nikon 35mm 1.5 as Nasim mentioned or the Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC if I can spend some more (and sell the 50mm 1.8).

      I agree that it is a little overpriced given that it doesn’t have high aperture on the long end, so I didn’t buy it new. I bought it used for a reasonable price and fortunately it is working good for me. Hope this helps.

      • July 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm

        Mahmood, thank you for sharing, that’s a lot of great information for Siju and other readers. Enjoy your 16-85mm, I’m sure it is a great lens!

        I’m hoping to test the 16-85mm within the next several weeks, so stay tuned :)

  24. 60
    ) Zoran
    June 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Quick question…. I have D90 and when using with 50 mm f1.4G Nikkor lens the camera does not always let me take a picture…sometimes it does and sometimes it does not…I could not figure out why ..does it have to do with camera auto-focus ( maybe it is too slow …) …maybe camera does not allow to be shot when the subject is out of focus..or maybe it is something else…anybody else had a problem like that?Typically it behaves like that when is darker …any suggestion?
    Thanks

    • June 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Zoran, that’s because you probably have it set to “Single” mode and your autofocus is set to only shoot when your subject is in 100% focus. You can either change your shooting mode to “Continous” focus or “AF-C” or change your autofocus settings so that it lets you fire even when there is no focus on the subject.

      Sorry for a late response. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • 166
        ) Ghazanfar
        October 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

        Nasim, first of all thanks for the great blog. In response to Zoran’s question, I also have sometimes trouble with auto focusing with 50mm 1.8G. I then try to focus on contrast area to set the focus there?

  25. July 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Hello Nasim:

    This is the most complete article that I could found!! I was been searching a lot because I am interesting in buying one, I am a beginner photography’s student in Mexico, I have the Nikon D5000 and the classical 18-55 and a 55-200, but they are not enough I need better pics with the minimal light so that I need very lightly lens, I was hesitated between 1.4D and 1.4G.

    Thanks!! :)

    • July 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      Liliana, thank you for your feedback and you are most welcome!

      Yes, go for the Nikon 50mm 1.4G and you won’t be disappointed :)

  26. 71
    ) Trev
    July 10, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Hi Nasim, Thanks for the interesting article. I saw in a used-lens shop recently both a 50mm 1.4D and a 50mm 1.4S, which was slightly cheaper than the D. However, I can’t find much info about the S version, do you happen to know anything about it, and whether it’s any good? Thanks in advance.

    • July 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      Trev, yes, the 50mm f/1.4s lens is a very old version of the 50mm from some early productions. See more info here.

      I would not buy the s version – get the 1.4D instead, which will definitely work on most modern bodies with built-in autofocus.

      Hope this helps.

  27. 72
    ) jeff
    July 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hi Nasim,

    Can you explain futher please what you mean about 50mm f/1.4 G thats more longer on D90?
    So in your opinion what would you prefer on D90 50mm f/1.4G or 35mm f/1.8G ?
    Thanks again….

    • 73
      ) Obi
      July 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Jeff, the 50mm f/1.4G is “longer” than the 35mm f/1.8G on a D90 due to the 1.5x crop factor associated with Nikon DX cameras that are NOT full frame (D90 is a DX camera). When you do the maths i.e., 1.5 times the focal length, your effective view using the 50mm will be 75mm which is ‘longer’ than the 52.5mm that you effectively see using the 35mm f/1.8G. For this reason, I bought the 35mm f/1.8G. At only $200, its arguably the best price/pic quality value lens on the market today. I use it for about 80% of my shooting (as my walking around lens) except for the 20% times I need longer reach where I use the 55-200mm. I hope that helps.

      • July 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

        Obi, thank you for your detailed answer, you nailed it.

    • July 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      Jeff, sorry for a late response, been super busy lately :(

      Just like Obi stated below, 50mm might feel a little too long because of the crop factor on the sensor, which makes it a 75mm equivalent lens. What this means, is that you will see only a certain portion of the scene, but not the whole thing, sort of like if you were looking through binoculars (except not that long). The Nikon 50mm is great for portraits, but might be too long for everything else…

      If you find yourself taking pictures of portraits more than everything else, go for the 50mm. Otherwise, go for the 35mm or shorter focal length lenses.

      Hope this helps.

      • 185
        ) Sakura
        March 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        What about the nikon d7000? would the 50mm f1.4 also be “longer” and affect it since its a crop sensor camera?

  28. 74
    ) jeff
    July 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Nasim
    thanks for that great info. so this 38mm f/1.8 G is more suitable to my D90. well nice to hear that its more affordable yet a great lens. thanx again Nasim

  29. 75
    ) jeff
    July 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Obi
    My mistake, i thought t was Nasim who replied.lol well thanks again for yor respond atleast i had an idea now whats more apt to my d90.. I tried to buy directly on best buy but they dont have any stock in store. maybe my luck next time for 35 mm.
    thanks again Obi

    • July 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      Jeff, why don’t you try B&H instead? It should be cheaper, plus you don’t have to pay taxes…

  30. 82
    ) Obi
    July 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Jeff, I bought mine at best buy but had to drive an hour away b/c the 4 closer stores did not have it in stock. You can order thru amazon if you are willing to wait for shipping. Good luck.

    • July 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Obi, was it cheaper in best buy than B&H/Adorama/Amazon or you got it there because you wanted it so bad? :)

  31. 83
    ) Obi
    July 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Jeff, I paid $199 at best buy, only $2 more than the amazon price of $197. But I also wanted it badly at the time.

  32. 84
    ) Bipin
    July 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I just got the D90 with the 18-105 a week ago and yesterday ordered the 50mm/f1.8D (only $125). Here are the reasons I chose this one as my first prime lens:

    1. Since i spent more money getting the D90, i can leverage the internal camera motor to choose a cheaper lens
    2. I looked thru my 18-105 set at 35mm and 50mm, and 50mm did feel a little long but i could actually take nice indoor close-ups without having to get too close to the people (got more natural poses)
    3. The price for 50mm/f1.4g or d was too high. couldn’t decide whether the 1.8 to 1.4 upgrade was worth so much. is the f aperture a linear or exponential scale?
    4. I read somewhere that Nikon may stop making the 50mm/f1.8D lens since it a money loser for them, so i wanted to get it while i can

    Now awaiting the lens. Hopefully, i wouldn’t want to upgrade too soon to yet another lens. does the 35mm come in f1.4G, haven;t seen that anywhere.

    Bipin

    • July 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Bipin, thank you for your feedback, I’m sure others will find it useful :) No, there is no 35mm f/1.4G yet…hopefully later this year.

      • 87
        ) Bipin
        July 18, 2010 at 4:47 am

        I have one lingering question that I thought i might be able to get a clear answer to just by researching on the internet but haven’t so far.

        My new 50mm/f1.8D will have an aperture ring on the lens. Can the camera override the manual aperture setting on the lens ring? e.g. what if I am indoors and have set the lens ring at f1.8 and then go outdoors where I only need say f11, do I have to remember to do this on the lens aperture ring or can the camera manage it in the Auto mode?

        Thanks,
        Bipin

        • 88
          ) Bipin
          July 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

          never mind, i just read on Yahoo Answers that i am supposed to lock the lens aperture ring at f/22 and then let the camera do the adjusting as necessary. I’ll try the A-priority mode though.

          Bipin

          • July 29, 2010 at 1:15 am

            Bipin, just noticed your comment. Yes, you will lock it at minimum aperture and everything will work as expected.

  33. 86
    ) jeff
    July 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Obi and Nasim,
    Yeah its nice to order but in my situation its so hard, I am not a US citizen. Im working in a ship and luckily every month we are in US so we could buy something useful. maybe next time I can have it with me. For now I need to study more on my D90 plus its kit for a moment and really love it so much.hehehehe

    Thanks Obi and Nasim

  34. 89
    ) Randi
    July 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I had a quick question for you. I love the article by the way! I have a Nikon D200 and have the 50mm AF-D lens right now. I do mostly portraits. I have just started my business. I’m having trouble in low light situations getting the sharpness that I want. Would the AF-S 50mm lens work well with the D200? Will I notice enough difference in the pictures to make it worth the money? Also one more question if you are familiar with the D200, what focus zone do you use the most for portraits. I found it to be a bit confusing on deciding which one to use for what. I mainly do families and children. Thank you for your help!
    Randi

    Randi

    • July 29, 2010 at 1:18 am

      Randi, if you already have the AF-D version of the 50mm, there is no need to buy the AF-S version. You probably need to learn how to focus well with it. Focusing in low-light situations is tough and I would suggest using the AF assist lamp on your camera in “S” (single) mode to help you get better focus.

      In terms of focus zone, I use single area focus in most cases, unless I have a moving subject (in which case I would switch to dynamic area AF).

      Hope this helps.

  35. 93
    ) siju
    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

    hello Nasim
    hey i have been goin through the reviews of nikon 85mm 1.8d lens…found that this is one of the best in nikons,have u tried this out..it seems it is pretty sharp at almost any aperture..
    pls advice
    siju

    • July 30, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Siju, yes, the Nikon 85mm f/1.8D is an excellent lens for portraiture. Very sharp and contrasty, good bokeh (not as beautiful as the 1.4D obviously).

  36. 95
    ) Muhd Azrin
    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Hi Mr Nasim,
    First of all, your site is truly magnificent for a newbie photographer like me. I chanced upon your site by accident while searching for infos on 50mm F/1.4G.
    I need your advice. I’m currently using a Nikon d5000 with the kit lens, 18-55mm. I want to take better portraiture pictures and after doing some research many suggested i get either a 50mm f/1.4G AF-s or the 85mm f/3.5G. Honestly, I think both are out of my budget.
    If you could, can you advice me which compatible lens is suitable for portraiture and less expensive than the 2 I mentioned?and is it really necessary for me to get a lens with a AF-s if I just want to use it to take portraits? -TIA-

    • August 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Muhd, thank you for stopping buy and leaving a comment.

      If budget is an issue, why don’t you get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens instead? It is a great little portrait lens for only $200.

      • 107
        ) daniel
        August 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        Nasim

        What do you think about the 50 1.8 ? I find mine almost as good as the 50 1.4

        Your site is very interesting, well done

        • September 2, 2010 at 12:57 am

          Daniel, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D is also good, but not as good as the f/1.4 when it comes to bokeh.

  37. 96
    ) Karen
    August 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Hi Nasim

    With your advice, I bought a D90 and loving it totally. Now I am shopping for a prime lens and am deciding between a Nikkor 35mm 1.8 or Nikkor 50mm 1.4g to go with my D90. I hope that you can help me on this. I like to take close ups.
    Thanks.
    Karen

  38. 97
    ) Yeow Ming
    August 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

    First to say that you have a really great website for Nikon users.
    I like using the Nikon f1.4D @ f1.4 however at this aperture the center is soft. Is there anyway to overcome this? I apply higher In-camera sharpening and contrast when I shoot with this lens at f1.4, Is mine method proper? Do you have an alternative remedy? Please advice.

    • 98
      ) Yeow Ming
      August 13, 2010 at 6:36 am

      Sorry forget to mention that I am refering to the Nikon 50mm f1.4D. Thanks in advance.

    • August 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Yeow, shooting the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G @ f/1.4 can yield soft results due to a) shallow depth of field and b) improper focus. I personally rarely shoot it at f/1.4 and would suggest to shoot at f/2.0-f/4.0. If you need better bokeh, just stand closer to the subject. Shooting wide open on the AF-D model will also have soft corners and plenty of vignetting.

  39. 99
    ) Ken
    August 14, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I just bought the Nikon 50mm f1.4G 2 days ago, love it!

    • August 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Ken, congratulations! The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is an excellent lens.

  40. 100
    ) Ahmed Gencal
    August 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Nasim
    I am a very big fan of yours.
    I am using d3x and many good lenses.I just sold my 24-70mm f2.8 and bougt 24mm 1.4 and af-s 60mm micro G and liked it a lot but it has focus issues with d3x because of absence of focus limiter and it is to narrow for me so I am looking for 50mm af-s .I have more macro lenses so the thing I need is a mid range lens.What do you think about it?
    After that considering your reviews I want to buy a 16-35 vr which would be great with 50mm but they say that lens has problems with high resolution of d3x.Do you think the same?
    If you say buy 16-35 than do you thing I need 24mm 1.4 in that case?
    By the way I mostly shot nature,macro and landscapes.Just a little bit portrait.
    Thanks

    • August 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Ahmed, thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it!

      Can I ask why you need the 50mm or 60mm lenses? What type of photography are you trying to do? Also, in terms of 16-35mm, are you interested in it because of its ultra-wide capabilities? Since you are on a D3x, I would suggest to go with the 14-24mm f/2.8G instead, because it is sharper. Yes, I have also heard about low performance of the 16-35mm on the D3x, so I would not take the risk. After your 24mm f/1.4, most lenses will look like crap now, including the 16-35mm ;-)

      Yes, I would keep the 24mm f/1.4 – it is certainly Nikon’s sharpest wide angle lens.

  41. 106
    ) Tom Dwyer
    August 20, 2010 at 7:06 am

    After reading all the articles on this page my head is spinning. I presently have a D90 with the 18-105 and a 70-300 mm lens. I’m shopping for a an all around lens to use for portraits. You have mention a few times about the 50mm 1.4 giving a barrel look. I mean that it’s goes to 75mm because being a DX. Would it be smarter to purchase the 35mm 1.8 or the 35 mm 1.4. Thanks for your help. P.S. also like to take family pictures……

    • September 2, 2010 at 12:59 am

      Tom, if you are shooting headshots or half body shots, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 is ideal, even on DX. If you want full body portraits, then the 35mm might be a little more practical.

  42. 108
    ) Eric
    August 25, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Nasim, I have D5000 with 35mm 1.8 AF-S DX. I’m thinking about purchasing 50mm 1.4 AF-S and wondering if it’s worth the upgrade? I’m also planning to upgrade to FX sooner or later, so I think it’s worth it but what do you think? Upgrade now or later when I get my FX.

    • September 2, 2010 at 12:59 am

      Eric, upgrade later when you get FX – the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G is a great lens for DX.

  43. 112
    ) St River
    September 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Thank you for your article, I really love it. I read almost all your lens review. Really love your pictures and your careful review.
    I have D5000 and 2 lenses kit: 18-55 and 55-200. I think I will use 18-55 for family photos so I’ll buy a 50mm f1.4 for portrait and night shooting.
    In future, I will buy a wide lens for landscape. I think 17-35 is better than 14-24 because it can use filter to protect the lens. Do you think that it is valuable to buy 17-35 f2.8 than 17-35 f4 VR?

    • October 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

      St River, thank you for your valuable feedback.

      50mm f/1.4 is a great lens and will serve you well for portraits. As for 17-35mm, I personally found the 16-35mm to be sharper and better than 17-35mm. See my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 review to see some test samples and conclusion.

  44. 113
    ) Eric
    September 2, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Nasim, I got my D3. I’m currently using 50mm 1.8 af-d and looking to get maybe 1.4 version. At the moment, I’m not too sure if it would be worth the upgrade or should I spend money for other fast lens like wide angle zoom or even mid range zoom like 24-70 2.8f. I will have to decide sooner or later. but right now, just enjoying my d3 ! Thanks for the great site Nasim!

    • October 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Eric, congratulations! I would certainly get the 24-70mm f/2.8G to go with the D3…I just came back from a short trip to Yellowstone and I once again realized that it is my top pick for landscape photography. If you do not shoot landscapes and need a portrait lens though, I would go for the 50mm f/1.4G instead!

  45. 114
    ) wochomi
    September 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Nasim,
    After surfing all over the web for REAL people’s comments and review, your site is the best! In fact, I bought the D90 (in April-10) after getting your advice and I’m loving it (even though D7000 is out). Since then I’ve been happily taking pictures of my baby girl. However, I think would like to go for a prime lens as to get a better indoor portrait of my baby.

    I’m still pondering over these few models:
    a) AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G – latest, probably be darn expensive
    … or could cause other primes price drop
    b) Nikon 50mm f/1.4G – at MYR1850, maybe not now
    c) Nikon 35mm f/1.8G – Still can afford MYR850, some say it’s better than 50mm f/1.8 50mm. I dunno why?
    d) Nikon 50mm f/1.8D – Cheapest of the lot at MYR 400.00

    Which one do you think would suit the D90 most, 50mm or 35mm?
    I’m kinda on a limited budget here. Which of the Optimus Prime (hehehe) would you recommend?

    • October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

      Wochomi, I’m glad you like your D90 – it is a terrific camera and it looks like it won’t get updated until next year anyway, so you shouldn’t feel too bad about the D7000.

      In terms of getting a portrait lens, the 50mm f/1.4G is excellent and my favorite of the group, but it might feel a little too long on a DX camera like D90. In that regard, the 35mm f/1.8G is better, since you can fit a lot more into the frame. If you have a large place to take pictures of your kid, go for the 50mm. If space is a problem, go for the 35mm.

      Hope this helps.

  46. 118
    ) jasmine
    October 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    hi,
    im using a d60nikon..and i have a 55mm,1.4g len..
    im still new to food photography,so i would like to know if you
    could share with me ,what is the best mode,iso,foucs,white balance,image quality to use on food for this camera..please email me.tHANKS SO MUCH.

    • October 22, 2010 at 2:12 am

      Jasmine, you mean you have the 50mm f/1.4G? For food photography, there are plenty of different techniques. Hopefully Lola will publish a good article soon. Let me know if you have any specific questions meanwhile…

  47. 120
    ) Mike
    October 28, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I just stumbled upon your website when I was looking for credible reviews comparing the nikon 50 f/1.4 afd versus the afs version, and I just wanted to say wow, great article.

    As for me, I recently had my gear stolen (this past monday, it kinda sucks) and I am going into this from the viewpoint of trying to recover the most necessary lenses.

    Among the lenses I lost, was my prized 50mm f/1.2. My only downfall with the lens, was occasionally the lack of auto focus availability. But I also enjoyed using a closeup filter for it, which would not be compatible with the new AFS version (it has a 52mm filter size).

    I’m torn between saving money and wanting to replace my gear with lenses that will have equal performance value with my old ones.

    In your professional opinion, would you reccomend I go for the old 50mm f/1.4 to save money and go towards replacing my other 2 stolen lenses and flash unit, or to get this one for the best possible image quality, which might compare to the f/1.2?

    I would like to use it for portraits, pictures of my friends, random awesome objects I see in my day to day activities and to a lesser extent band photography. So basically portraits and also photojournalistic types of photography eventually.

    I appreciate the help.

    Thank you Nasim,
    -Mike

    • November 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Mike and I apologize for a late reply!

      I am very sorry to hear that your camera gear got stolen…

      In terms of replacing your 50mm f/1.2, I think you should definitely give the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G a try – the AF is something you will definitely enjoy after working with a MF lens for a long time. It saves a lot of time for sure. The f/1.2 is a great lens, but the manual focus is something I was never comfortable with, especially when dealing with large apertures between f/1.2 and f/2.8… The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is a great lens that I use more than any other and it will serve you well for the type of photography you want to do…

      Hope this helps.

  48. October 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Nice review you got there. I just bought this 50mm f/1.4 G lens. I’m really amazed by its picture quality, and I really love how much I can control the DOF. I also have the 35mm DX 1.8 lens, but I’ll sell it because I don’t use it anymore on my D3000, I only use this 50mm, or the 18-55 kit lens which came with the camera.

    You got seriously nice pictures in here. I’ve bookmarked your site and will return regularly!

    • November 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Nicolas, I’m glad you are enjoying that 50mm f/1.4G :) I also really like that lens!

  49. 122
    ) niko
    October 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Nasim, great site. Please let me know if the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G will be best suited for D200. Thanks a lot.

    • November 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Niko, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G works great on any modern Nikon camera, including the Nikon D200.

      • 133
        ) niko
        November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

        With your great review, I already ordered the lens and it’s coming on my way later this afternoon… I’m really excited to use it on my wedding project first week of december. Thanks & God bless!

  50. 128
    ) Jorge
    November 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Hello,

    Very good you article. I have a Nikon D3000 with a Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX, and I am about to buy 2 more lenses.

    Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX AF-S ED Zoom-Nikkor (what do you think of it?)

    and I have a doubt for the second one, I am between
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
    or
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX

    Wich one would you recommend me?

    B&H shows lenses “USA” and “IMPORTED”, do you know the diference?

    Do you have any comments of the store Cameta Camera?

    Best regards,

    • November 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Jorge, I have written a review of the Nikon 55-300mm lens earlier, so you can check out what I think there.

      In terms of 50mm vs 35mm lenses, see my Nikon 35mm vs 50mm article that I published yesterday – I cover all differences and provide recommendations. If your focus is portraits and you want to get the best-looking portraits, get the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. If you just need a lens for general photography, get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G.

      As for USA/Imported versions, use this link for the 50mm version and this link for the 35mm version. You definitely do not want to buy the imported version – it is the same as a “grey market” version, which means it will come with no warranty of any kind.

      • 135
        ) Jorge
        December 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

        Hello Nassim,

        I have less than a month with my two new lenses. Instead of buying the 55-300 I bought the 70-300 VR and I am in love of the pictures I have taken with it.

        Talking about 35 vs 50 I choose the 35mm because of the price, I have not used it to much yet because I really love the 70-300, lol, but I took some good pictures with this 35mm lens also especially in low-light situations

        Best regards,

        • January 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

          Jorge, congratulations, you bought great lenses! I personally like and recommend both lenses a lot!

  51. 134
    ) Brian
    December 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Nasim
    Enjoy your site very much. I am looking at purchasing a D7000 with Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4G and Nikkor AF-S VR II 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED. Is this a good choice for all around photography?

    Thanks
    Brian

    • January 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Brian, those lenses are good for portraiture and reach (wildlife, etc), but not for wide-angle photography. If you want to take wider pictures, you might want to look into the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G instead, because it is wider than 50mm. If you want to cover even wider frames, you might want to get a kit lens like the Nikon 18-55mm, which is a very inexpensive lens.

  52. 136
    ) Marvin
    January 2, 2011 at 12:25 am

    hi I have a 50mm 1.4 AF-D with a D90 most of the times it doesn’t focus accurately most of the time it backfocus…

    • January 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Marvin, that’s very unfortunate. Have you tried sending your lens back to Nikon for repair?

      • 143
        ) Marvin
        January 7, 2011 at 12:27 am

        Mine back focuses when focused from other AF points it is consistently more spot-on on the center focus is this due to the d90 having only 1 cross type Af point in the center?

        I already sent it for calibration it still back focuses on the other af point are you using also a d90?

        • January 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

          Marvin, the center focus point is always going to be more accurate than others, but you should not get a backfocus with all other focus points. Are you doing this indoors or outdoors in broad daylight? Try shooting with different focus points outside and see whether you still have AF issues. If you do, then your camera might be the problem…

  53. 137
    ) Jeanne
    January 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Mr Nasim, can you share your thoughts on other types of lens i.e. fish-eye len between DX and FX format.

    Thank you.
    Jeanne/Singapore

    • January 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Jeanne, I would not get a fisheye lens unless you have tried it and know that you need it.

      • 142
        ) Jeanne
        January 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

        Mr. Nasim, thank you for you wise advice. :D

        Jeanne/D7000/Singapore

  54. 145
    ) Bruno
    January 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Nasim,

    I’m having a hard time trying to buy a simple UV filter for my 50 1.4/G . I bought this lens a few days ago because of your articles that really makes me feel that is a good lens, but I don’t know about filters.. could you just simply show me which one do you use on your 50 1.4/G?

    Thank you very much.

    • February 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Bruno, sorry for a late response – get the 58mm B+W filter for the lens and you will not be disappointed. It is a little expensive, but totally worth it.

  55. 146
    ) Raj
    January 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Hi Nasim.
    this is 1st time for me to read such a valuable blog and comments when it comes to choose the right lens for your needs. Thanks a lot for this !
    I am an ameture photographer and have a D90 to work with. Kit lens seems obsolete since I got my hands on AF-D 35mm F2.0 lens ! its amazingly sharp and gr8 t0 shoot as a prime for my D90. Now i was wondering the next choice would be either 50mm AF-S 1.4G ( as recommended by you!) or MICRO AF-S 60mm 2.8G ED. Please help me to compare these on Sharpness and versatality in taking portraits as well. I think using a MICRO will give me more detailing as reproduction factor is 1:1 (on FX ofcourse) and i can use it elsewhere also. Maybe I will compromise on speed on lens. thanks a lot.
    regards
    Raj

    • February 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Raj, both lenses are comparable, but don’t forget that the 50mm is an f/1.4 lens, so you can get some really nice shots at very shallow depth of field. I personally favor the 50mm f/1.4G over the 60mm macro.

      • 154
        ) RAJ
        April 15, 2011 at 3:53 am

        Hi Nasim,
        Finally I got my AF-S 50mm 1.4G. Amazing results. But sure this is a unforgivable lens if you do not care about the focus point. I am using D90 and it seems to be a good portrait lens. But do you have anything to say about Internal Light reflections on DX with larger aperures like 1.4. I found portraits are diluted in contrast at f1.4 apertures. surely, at 2.8 and higher , the contrast is better.

        I also have 35mm AF-2D. I am planning to keep this as DAYLIGHT lens and the new 50mm AF-S 1.4G as Evening and indoor lens. Please advice if you may have some suggestions.

        Thank you for your advice as always.
        regards
        Raj

  56. 150
    ) raj
    February 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Dear Nasim,
    Thank you for your quick reply.
    May i ask you one more help – what difference does ‘lens reproduction factor’ makes for lens performance especially on a DX format?
    thank you once again.
    regards
    Raj

  57. 151
    ) abe
    March 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    i’m using nikon d7000 and planning to buy nikon 50mm 1.8d, will it work fine?????

  58. 152
    ) Alex
    March 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Nasim,
    First off, great article. Lots of info. I own a nikon d7000 and thinking of buying a prime lens. It’ll be nice if you could give me an advice on which one to pick between 50mm f/1.4G AF-S and 50mm f/1.4D AF.

  59. 153
    ) Kasia
    April 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hi Nasim,

    Thank you for sharing with all of us your broad knowledge. It is very very helpful. Just a quick question: will the 50mm f 1.4G AF-S work with Nikon D80? I am not sure if this camera body is considered “old” or “new”?

    Thank you.

  60. 155
    ) Habeeb
    April 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Thanks Nasim for this interesting article,,
    so if you don’t mind, I’m thinking to get D7000 body with some lenses that i want to share it with you, to see your opinion about it as i’m not that expert: so what’s the three lenses from the list below you pick if you’re in my situation? as i will start with just three,,

    1) AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II or
    2) AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G or AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D
    3) AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
    4) AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
    5) AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
    6) AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
    and for the Speedlight:
    SB-700 AF or SB-900 AF Speedlight
    So what do you think?

  61. 156
    ) Floyd
    April 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hi nasim, thanks for a very interesting comparison of the two lenses. I read Thom’s review on the nikkor 50mm f1.4G but he doesn’t seem to look highly on it. After reading your article I’m convinced the 1.4G is the one to go for. I went to a camera store the other day but the sales guy suggested to me the Sigma 50mm f1.4 (latest release) instead.

    What do you think of the Sigma in comparison to the nikkor 1.4G in terms of sharpness at wide open and colour rendition?

    BTW, I bought the 24-120mm f4 after reading your article. At first I was put off by Ken rockwell’s review which suggests the 28-300mm is a better bet than the 24-120mm f4. I’m glad i bought it and I love it, no regret.

  62. 157
    ) richard
    May 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I would like to see a review between Nikon 50mm f/1.4G vs Zeiss 50mm f/1.4, very nice review I had G version and is much better than D.

  63. 158
    ) Fernando S.
    July 10, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I’m using oldie 50mm E series F1.8, a nice…small and very ligth lens, but still had no chance to compare it with others like AF-D or S F1.8.
    I suppose a huge diferece between my oldie and the other two lenses…so, i find a good price for an used AF-D F1.4, but my cuestion is: There are much differences between all this lenses old E/D/FS at F1.8? (including all models F1.8 and f1.4), All models use a diferent optical formula.
    I’m not absoluted tempted for the moment because under APS-C the 50mm it works as 75mm, and it is not a very useful focal for my work but…
    Probably I will use my old E series in Sony Nex camera o similiar type with adaptor, for my D300 (future D700) I proyected 50mm f1.8/1.4 w/autofocus to replace my sigma 30mm F1.4 (nice lens but still not perfect)… Tanks you ;)

  64. 159
    ) Toni
    July 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I am wondering If I have a older camera (nikon D40) Which lens should I buy? The Af-S or Af-D? The guy at a camera store told me which one but I cannot rememebr and he wanted to sell it to me for nearly 500$. I am hoping ot purchase on online for less money. Can you help me? My email is tonieduchemin@gmail.com

    • 160
      ) Rajinder Bajaj
      July 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Toni !
      your camera D40 doesn’t have motor to Auto Focus your D lens.
      Hence you would need AF-S with built in motor in the lens itself.
      you will have to buy AF-S type.
      take care :)

  65. 161
    ) Fernando S.
    July 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If you want to use Auto focus, you must buy an AF-S, because the D40 haven’t micromotors on body to do focus.

  66. 162
    ) Greg
    July 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    My brother sold me his D7000. I have 2 questions:

    1) I am thinking of getting the 50mm f/1.4, either the AF-S vs the AF-D. Considering the price and IQ difference, which would you recommend?

    2) Would it be fair to generalize that AF-S lenses will usually outperform AF-D lenses? Since AF-D lenses are usually cheaper compared to the equivalent AF-S lens, what would be your general recommendation for someone considering between buying a cheaper AF-D lens vs paying more for a AF-S lens to get better image quality?

    Thanks.

  67. 163
    ) Rajesh P
    August 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Just stumbled upon your site. Great site and fantastic pix! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

    I just started a restaurant and need to take pix of the dishes that we introduce from time to time. Just got myself the D3100. For closeup photography of the food items I am looking for a lens that will show the item in vivid detail. We will be using the images on our website with a click to enlarge option.
    I am debating between the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens that you reviewed here or the Nikkor 60mm f2.8. Which one do you recommend?
    Thanks in advance!

  68. 164
    ) philline
    September 10, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Hi Mr. Nasim,

    Your post is very informative.. I’d like to ask for an advice, for my D90 camera which is better to buy for portraiture images? is it the 50mm f/1.4G AF-S or the 50mm f/1.4D?

    Thanks in advance and more power to you and to your family as well! ;)

  69. 165
    ) Matt
    October 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Nasim,

    Thank you. You answered a question I had. Here’s another. I also have an AF NIKKOR 85mm 1.8. I have just received, as a very nice gift, a Nikon D3x with the standard 24-70 2.8G ED lens. What are the pros and cons of using the 50 and 85 with the 3x? Thank you.

    How could I attach a photo of my granddaughter and grandson to a comment since I would want to share them with as you have kindly shared the photos of your two sons?

    Matt

  70. 167
    ) felix
    October 17, 2011 at 4:24 am

    hi Nasim,
    i just got my nikon D3000 body, pairing it with a couple of old manual lenses. Sigma Zoom Master 35-70mm AF-S 3.5-5.6f and a nikkor 50mmAF-S 1.8D
    so far great pictures
    no regrets.
    i enjoy reading your articles.
    felix,
    philippine islands

  71. 168
    ) Sarah
    October 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I recently came across your website and I am now scoping out all of your posts. An excellent resource for Nikon lovers! :)

    I have a question regarding my 50mm f/1.4 D lens. I have a Nikon D300 (the older version not the video one) and I have found that this lens is not only lacking it’s sharpness that you seem to achieve with many of your images but also the autofocus is off. The little square I use to focus on something in a quick moment is off so the space below what I am focusing on is actually in focus. Arg. I can not figure this out. Maybe the lens in not compatible? Is the lens perhaps damaged? Have you had any experience or may know what is causing this issue and how it can be fixed? I love this 50mm lens but I just don’t know what is wrong!

    Thank you kindly, I appreciate your dedication regarding photography and reviews.
    Sarah
    Cape Cod, USA

    • October 26, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Sarah, thanks for your feedback. Looks like your 50mm f/1.4D has a front focus issue. If you still have it under warranty, I would send it with your camera to Nikon and have them fix the focus issue. Once corrected, all your images should be in good focus. The lens is surely compatible, so it is most likely a front/back focus issue.

      • 170
        ) Sarah
        October 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        Hi Nasim,

        Thank you for the reply. I took it to a dealer and found that it was “overly” used. I don’t have a warranty because I bought it from someone. The barrel (not sure of the correct terminology) shakes. I heard that’s bad. Let this be a warning to people who buy used gear online…you win some you loose some. Now I might actually invest in a brand new one. To prevent this from happening again.

        Thank you again for the great posts. You have a fan here. :)

      • 182
        ) Hashim
        February 3, 2012 at 4:51 am

        Hi Nazim, i really admired the website, but i hv 1 question regarding the 1.4D…
        dose it work with full frame cameras i mean with D700?!

  72. 172
    ) Allan
    October 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    First of all, thank you for your wesite, it has been of great help for my photography :)

    I have a Nikon D3100 and I was thinking about getting the AF 50mm 1.8D. I know that I won’t have the autofocus, but do you think it is a good option? The prices are much less than the AF-S version.

    Thank you,

  73. 173
    ) Allan
    October 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    First of all, thank you for your wesite, it has been of great help for my photography :)

    I have a Nikon D3100 and I was thinking about getting the AF 50mm 1.8D. I know that I won’t have the autofocus, but do you think it is a good option? The prices are much less than the AF-S version.

    Thank you so much,

  74. 174
    ) Milu
    November 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Nasim!

    Thank you for this great article!

  75. 175
    ) Sharlene
    November 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Nasim. Great article and it was interesting to read all the comments following. I have a Nikon D7000 (upgraded from D90 and can’t believe how much better the D7000 is!) and I recently purchased my first prime lens – the Nikon Nikkor AF 50mm 50 f/1.4 D F1.4 D, however, although some photos are great, I’m also producing a lot of blurry ones too. I’ve noticed on other forums that I’m not the only one. I’ve check the speed to make sure it’s not too slow – one example of a blurry portrait was taken in the shade at f1.4 speed 1/320 ISO 100 and the whole image is blurry – ever so slightly but enough to be out of focus in it’s entirety. Any tips on what I may be doing wrong? Thank you so much.

  76. November 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for this article, it answered all my questions about upgrading. Will now place an order!

  77. 177
    ) NJ
    November 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Hello
    I came across your website and liked your articles…

    I am using a D90 and currently have the 50mm f1.8 AF-S (Not G). I love the bokeh and soft focus it produces. I am thinking about upgrading to the f1.4 but unsure whether I will see a marked improvement in the photos between the f1.8 & f1.4. Also if I do which f1.4 lens to go for?
    Just not sure if i need the f1.4 or what?!

    Also great Sunset panorama, would you mind explaining the settings and filters you used? I can’t seem to capture the orange and reds in the same mannor when taking sunset pictures.

    many thanks,

    NJ

  78. 178
    ) leslie
    December 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Nasim,

    What shooting mode do you use when using the 1.4? Manual, Apeture priority or auto? Do you shoot w/out flash? How long did it take you to figure out which ISO/Shutter speed and F stop works best in manual mode in indoor lighting? Any rules of thumb?

    thanks,

    Leslie

  79. 179
    ) dmrmom
    December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Good day, thanx for the review! I just upgraded my D40x for the Nikon D7000. I have ordered the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens and want to buy a filter for it. I have no idea what to buy, but I do know that I don’t want a cheap quality filter that will downgrade the capabilities of my lens. Any suggestion on a really good filter? My main reason for a lens filter is to protect it, and I think most of my subjects with this lens is my grandsons…any suggestions? I would appreciate to hear your recommendations!

  80. 180
    ) Just some guy
    December 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    AF-S DOES have an internal focusing motor.

  81. 181
    ) aa
    January 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    i think you should always mention the price in your reviews,
    either MSRP or street price will do.
    for many of us, that particular factor is the real deal-breaker

  82. 183
    ) Sandinito Basuki
    February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I want to ask for the 50mm f/1.4D, because there is no internal focus, whether that is not possible in pairs cpl filter?

    Can you give me advice between 50mm f/1, 8D and 50mm f/1.4D?

    Regards,

  83. 184
    ) Heavyrain
    March 15, 2012 at 3:19 am

    hey,
    was thinking of gettin a 50mm f/1.4 prime. I use a D90, would the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G work well on my camera.

  84. 186
    ) DF Toronto
    March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    For a Nikon FX (D800 almost here!) is it worthwhile going to a 50mm prime if I have the 60mm 2.8 D micro? I know I gain some speed but the 60mm is a pretty sharp lens, and I wouldn’t be gaining much if I was looking at the 50mm 1.8 which you and others recommend over the 1.4. Thanks!

  85. 187
    ) Martine
    April 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hi Nassim,

    I just bought a D7000. I bought a kit lens although I know it’s not fantastic quality. I want to invest in a 50mm. I’m hesitating between 1.4 and 1.8. Great difference in price and quality obviously. I used to have the 1.8. I shot some decent pics with it in Costa Rica. I had no macro so I used it as one to photograph insects at a fairly close range and although I didn’t get the results of a macro, the pics were still pretty good. I was wondering if the 1.4 would make even sharper pics. Do you even recommend it with a D7000 ?

    Thank you for your advice. It’s really nice of you to actually take time to do this.

  86. 188
    ) Dave
    April 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Nassim, I love your work and photography tips. Your tips are very helpful to me. I have a nikon d3100 camera and want to buy a prime lens. I want to be able to use this lens for anything. But I also, prefer one that does well in low light situations. What lens would you recommend that won’t cost a lot of money? ($150 max).
    Thanks,
    Dave

  87. 189
    ) Handoko
    May 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Dear Nasim, I am using D70 and I am having problems with indoor / low-light picture quality.
    I have a nephew using D7000 and he gets great indoor / low-light picture quality.
    Is this because of the camera or it’s just my camera’s default?

    Thank you.

  88. 192
    ) Kumaran
    August 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Hello Mr.Mansurov,

    I have the old 50mm f1.4 AI-S full manual lens and i upgraded to the D800 from D90.. i would like to buy a lens for candid wedding photography. Would u suggest the 85 1.4G\D or 85mm 1.8 or the 50mm 1.4G\D? budget is a small problem if it is the 85mm 1.4.. so please let me know which one would be a wiser choice..

    Thank you.

  89. 193
    ) Dianne
    September 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Have you ever used the f1.4G for indoor sports? What lense would you recommend for basketball games?

  90. 194
    ) Arun D
    October 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Its a nice Comparison. I am going for 1.4D instead of 1.4G. Overall it is a good very intresting article.

  91. 197
    ) Sen
    April 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Hi

    I am an enthusiast and I have been using d90 and have very recently purchased a d600 and I intend to keep the d90 as a second body. The lenses I currently have are all nokin and are 80-200 2.8; 24-120 f4; 10-24 dx and ofcourse the 50mm 1.4d. I plan to add the 85mm 1.8g to this. I shoot nature/landscape, wildlife, architecture. Planning to get into food and potrait as well as try my hand at some street.

    I will be travelling to Northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) in the next 2/3 months time and would like your advise on the lenses to pack. I want to travel very light so my initial line up is d90 with the 10-24dx; d600 with the 50 and 85. Planning not to carry the mid/telezooms.

    Thanks

  92. 198
    ) George
    April 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I have Nikon D7000 with kit lense 18-105. Just now I bought 50mm f1.4 D which I was trying to fit in my D7000. However, if I lock the aperture ring other than f16(minimum aperture) the camera shows fEE error. Is it that the lock position of f1.4D is f16 and in M mode we can select any aperture electronically?

  93. 200
    ) Aravindan
    August 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Hi

    New 50mm/1.4g AF-s has internal motor…

    Fyi..

  94. 205
    ) Tousif
    January 8, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Hellow Nasim- I am using D90 with 18-55. Mainly, i wish to take landscape photograph. I think- will buy 16-85 for overall purposes. But unfortunately, I can’t parchase it. But now I am finding good and better lens for landscape photography for d90. In this case- which lens i will buy or you will like to take for D90?

  95. 207
    ) John
    April 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for writing such a great article.

  96. 208
    ) BK
    October 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hi Nasim,

    You mentioned that your missus uses the 50 for food photography. The MFD is not that near, is she using the 50 with extension tubes, or photo crop?

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