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Nikon 50mm F1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens

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  • High-quality 50mm standard lens
  • Advanced optical construction minimises scattered light and chromatic aberration
  • Two focus modes: M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus).
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus.
  • 58mm snap-on front lens cap LC-58, Rear lens cap LF-1, Bayonet hood HB-47, Flexible lens pouch CL-1013

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.4 x 7.4 cm ; 290 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
  • Item model number: 2180
  • ASIN: B001GCVA0U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Dec 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,365 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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This superior optical system effectively corrects sagittal coma flare and coma aberration.

Designed specifically with today’s DSLR users in mind, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens from Nikon is ideal for photographers of all levels looking to get creative. Known for its reliability, clarity and devotion to the needs of passionate photographers, NIKKOR, the exclusive lens brand from Nikon, is on a quest to create the finest optics in the world. And with this ultra-fast supreme lens you can expect just that, delivering outstanding image quality with edge-to-edge sharpness and high contrast at any aperture or focus distance.

Perfect for portraits, landscapes, low-light scenes and more, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens offers passionate photographers an easy and affordable way to discover the difference wide aperture can make.

Life Through a Lens

Nikon recognises that every photographer is unique, seeing the world in very different ways. So whatever your ideas, experience or creative vision, NIKKOR offers an array of lenses to draw out your potential. This fast, well-balanced 50mm wide-aperture standard lens[1] with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 captures images with exquisite sharpness even in low light situations. Realising a high Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) this fixed-focal length lens provides photographers with an effortless way to shoot natural-looking picture blur with a shallow depth of field. And with these conditions a bright viewfinder image is created making it easier to achieve the very best composition.

Picture shows the lens hood and soft carrying pouch included.
A lens hood and soft carrying pouch are supplied.

Strikingly Crisp

Providing outstanding optical performance the lens comprises an 8 element, 7 group configuration and a nine rounded-blade iris diaphragm which renders images with a more natural appearance in out-of-focus areas. Efficiently correcting sagittal coma flare and other types of lens aberrations, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G offers great precision towards the edges of the frame particularly when using large apertures.

Silent Precision

Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason why professional photographers like NIKKOR lenses. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) converts travelling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and super quiet. So for discrete shooting you can set up the shot in an instant and camera focusing won’t disturb sensitive subjects like wildlife.

Switching Focus

Combining ease-of-use and maximum precision the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens has two focus modes. In addition to Manual focus, Manual-priority autofocus (M/A) allows you to switch from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag, even during AF servo operation and regardless of the AF mode in use. This gives all the benefits of fast, automatic focusing while still retaining the ability to make fine focus adjustments before taking the shot.

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The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens is perfect for portraits, landscapes, travel and more.

Intelligent System

Nikon's Internal focus (IF) technology limits all the optical movement to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This intelligent system allows for a more compact and lightweight design as well as a closer focusing distance to approximately 45cm (1.5ft). With the non-rotating front element the use of circular polarizing filters and lens-mounted flash accessories is possible making this lens a versatile option.

NIKKOR Quality

Cleverly crafted in a way that only an optical manufacturer can understand, Nikon creates technologies that make NIKKOR lenses the best choice for any type of still or moving imagery. Omitting the need for an aperture ring, G-type lens aperture is controlled electronically through the camera. Electronic adjustment is not only very efficient but also allows Nikon to place a weather sealing on the lens mount, so you can shoot with complete confidence.

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens from Nikon is ready to capture creative photography in the widest variety of conditions.

[1] Focal length of 50mm when used on a camera with an FX sensor. When fitted to a DX-format DSLR this lens has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 75mm lens in 35mm [135] format.

Product Feature Comparison

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens is just one of a range of great NIKKOR lenses. Take a look at the table below comparing features with a selection of other fantastic lenses in the collection.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5–4.5G ED Lens
Lens Groups/Elements6/77/814/199/98/12
Angle of View (FX Format)47°46°75° to 8°10'28°30'100° to 63°
Angle of View (DX Format)31°30'31°30'53° to 5°20'18°50'76° to 44°
No. of Diaphragm Leaves79977
Minimum f-stopf/16f/16f/22-38f/16f/22-29
Minimum focus distance0.45m0.45m0.50m0.80m0.28m
Length (from lens mount)52.5mm54mm114.5mm73mm95mm
Filter Attachment Diameter58mm58mm77mm67mm77mm
Lens Hood includedHB-47HB-47HB-50HB-62HB-66
Lens Case includedCL-1013CL-1013CL-1120CL-1015CL-1118

Box Contains

  • Nikon 50mm F1.4G lens
  • Front lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven Robinson on 29 May 2011
    This is the lens for Low light. You have many options available for 50mm shooting with Nikon but currently this is the fastest (f/1.4) lens they make with autofocus. This is obviously extremely important for low light performance. It has a very accurate silent wave motor for great AF performance. However, be aware that this AF lens is not lightening fast in terms of autofocus. This is due to the extreme accuracy the motor needs to have to pull an image to focus at f/1.4. It's still not "that" slow - for example children running about etc I have no problem getting the shots of my son when he is doing this.

    50mm lenses are thought of as a 'standard length' - whatever that really means, however I find that it's a great lens to pop on the camera and take with you anywhere. Not too wide, not too telephoto in that sense.

    Compared to the other 50's this is the best and fastest. The 1.8G is slightly newer but I just don't see the point in 1.8 if you can have 1.4. Isn't the main reason we shoot primes - speed and bokeh?

    Buy this lens, you will not regret it. Then add an 85mm 1.4!
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    133 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Kennedy on 30 Jan 2009
    This is a review from an enthusiast, not a pro. Pros please consult pro reviews!

    I was tired of the crummy pictures I was getting from the D40s varizoom kit lens. If, like me, you're photographing family and friends 95% of the time, then a 50mm prime lens will change the way you take pictures.

    As a portrait lens it is perfect - the soft focus results you get with wide apertures are far better than I ever got by using the long end of the varizoom. If you need to get wide, just stand back.

    And if you're shooting in available light, which we all are, then f1,4 is a necessity if you don't want 5000 bland flashlight photos on your hard drive. The lens delivers beautiful contrast, razor sharp focus where you want it, and creamy soft focus backgrounds. I'm bowled over by the pictures I'm getting out of it. You will never go back to your varizooms.

    Build quality: the lens is well made, compact, with a confident auto-focus (that is, it can keep up with my 2 year old, who is in perpetual motion).

    There's a lot of direct comparisons with the (actually more expensive) Sigma 1,4. I also tried that lens in the shop, as the salesman assured me that it it was a better piece of glass, but I simply found it heavy and cumbersome by comparison. The Nikon lens is much more smaller, solid without being heavy, and keeps the camera light and quick to use.

    Very, very much recommended.
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    76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Elnadi on 28 Dec 2008
    As a semi-pro photography enthusiast, and after few years with a multi-purpose 18-200mm Nikkor lens with a D200 and D300, I was always searching for my first prime lens that would guarantee sharper focusing for portraits and other artistic capabilities, I was specially interested in achieving good Bokeh effects (blurry backgrounds), with good skin tones and shallow depth of field without simulating those on PhotoShop.

    When I read the early reviews of that lens I was eager to get my hands on one in early Dec, especially that I needed to send my 18-200mm for repair which was a good excuse to get and keep the 50mm 1.4g instead of staying with no lens for few weeks.

    I am not regretting the decision a bit. The Quality of this fast prime lens is simply SUPERB in comparison to the Nikkor 18-200, with its silent motor it offers amazing narrow depth of field capabilities between 1.4f - 2.2f ! The skin colours are more accurate, the focusing is brilliant for close-ups and portraits; you'll see skin and hair details that you never dreamt of achieving before with other multi-purpose lenses. It took me few days to get the most out of the narrow depth of field but at the end it felt like I've upgraded my D300.

    Although it wasn't available on Amazon when I purchased it, this lens is worth every penny and definitely sets new standards for Nikon as a possible bestseller, and is here to stay for a long time. The one feature that I would really liked to have is a VR which could've helped with slower shutter speeds, but even though the feature is missing (for now) I would highly recommend the lens anyway for anyone who is serious about artistic/portrait photography. Go for it and you'll never regret it.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 8 Jun 2014
    When I first acquired my Nikon 50mm 1.4g a few years ago I was a little worried if I had indeed made the right choice, after all I only had reviews to go by and some reviews were a little pessimistic concerning focus issues when the lens was wide open at 1.4
    I went ahead with the purchase anyway for low light creative work, weddings, portraiture and for general walk about work, to be honest right now it is the only lens I take out with my d800 when I'm in public places.

    50mm is the perfect lens as it is the closest focal length to what our eyes see, connected up to my d800 it can also be used as a zoom, as the d800 images can be cropped right in and I still end up with a large extremely usable image.

    For portraiture with the lens set at f2.2 wow :-) all I can say is stunning, wide open at f1.4 the lens is a little soft and lacking in contrast but this can be overcome with careful processing.
    Once the aperture opens up to between F3.5 to F8 the lens easily out resolves the sensor on my d800, impressive to say the least.
    I find my 50mm to be wonderful for creative portraiture, especially when used for black and white photography with fairly high ISO settings, It is a tool and when used as such and you have learn't its creative ways, you will be most pleased you bought one, trust me :-)
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