Since 2008, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G has been a workhorse lens for both Lola and I. At the end of every year I go through image data in Lightroom and find out what lens was used the most. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G always tops the list, surpassing all other lenses by a huge margin. It is lightweight, compact and renders beautiful colors and sharp images. Lola loves it so much, that she often refuses to use anything else. When we come back from a wedding or an engagement session, it is typical to see more than 90% of her images shot with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. While I am out hurting myself with heavy gear like D3s and 70-200mm f/2.8G, she prefers to stay light with the D700 and 50mm combo. And she takes better pictures. Always. The 50mm focal length just seems to be perfect on a full-frame body. Before the 50mm f/1.4G AF-S came out, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D was our favorite lens for the same reasons. But the newer AF-S version made the AF-D obsolete and once I showed performance differences between the two to Lola, we made the switch. And this year Nikon gave us another pleasant surprise with the announcement of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which as I have shown in this and other reviews, pretty much outperforms all other 50mm lenses, including the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. Lola and I have already switched to the 50mm f/1.8G and we love the results we are getting. The 50mm f/1.4G has been gathering dust for a while now… If you are looking for a 50mm portrait lens now, go for the newer 50mm f/1.8G lens, it won’t disappoint.
19) Where to buy and availability
B&H is currently selling the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens for $439.95 (as of 11/15/2011).
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
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