Nikon 50mm F/1.4D Lens Review

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Hello Photographers Tom here from Cameras Direct with another Nikon Lens Review.

Today we’re looking at the Nikkor / Nikon 50mm f1.4D Series lens.

To start this is a FX lens. “FX” which for Nikon users means it’s designed for full frame cameras like you D800, D750, D610 and so on.

A FX lens can be used on cropped sensor Nikon cameras like the D7000 series.

It is important to note that this is a”D” series lens meaning there is no auto-focus motor in the lens, so it needs to go on a camera with auto-focus motor in the camera body like D7000 series and your full frame Nikon cameras.

If you buy this and put it on a 3000 or 5000 series Nikon, it will fit and it will take a photo but it won’t give you auto-focus. You will have to focus manually which is via the little manual focus ring. Be aware of that, a D series lens won’t focus on those cameras.

So 50mm f1.4 – very sharp and very fast. A fantastic low-light lens that lets in a lots of light and that’s going to be very handy for indoor photography where you’re not using Flash or you can’t use flash.

That f1.4 aperture is also gonna give you a very shallow depth of field so be wary to focus correctly because it is very shallow particularly when you’re photographing something up close. You are going to have depth of field that can be measured in centimeters or millimeters. So be very wary of that.

The strong point of this lens is around about the f/4 mark, so you start to really get super sharp results from this lens.

Although at 1.4 its gonna give you good results, as you stop it up it gets even better. The 50mm is great for low-light photography inside. Good for a bit of street photography on a full frame camera as well.

If you were using it on a D7000 D7100 D7200, it is a 75mm f1.4, so it puts it at the bottom end of that sort of ideal portrait range.

Certainly for waist-high or full length portraits, it’s very very nice indeed. Or indeed for small groups of people, where you want you super sharp results across the whole field and you can blur the background very nicely, with apertures of f/2, f2.8 and all the way open to f1.4.

So folks, the 50mm f1.4D is a wonderful little lens. It’s a little bit cheaper than the G Series which has the autofocus motor in the actual lens. However if you have those older cameras and you want something that’s gonna give you spectacular sharp results and that is fantastic in low light then the Nikon 50mm f1.4D Nikkor, is the lens for you.

Nikon 50mm F/1.4D Lens

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