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This review is from: Nikon 50 mm F1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens - Black (Camera)
I bought this in my local camera shop, just before Christmas when these were hard to come by. It's not my first prime lens (since I've been taking photographs regularly for over 25 years) but it is my first "fast" one. When I researched it, comments seemed rather mixed, but I eventually decided to get it anyway. I'm using it with an FX-sensor body and can now confirm that it is SUPERB. Used carefully, wide open, it gives wonderful pictures with a razor-thin depth of field. Slightly stopped down (f2.0 - f2.4) it gives great isolation of the subject from the background, with excellent across-the-frame sharpness and no noticeable vignetting. I haven't experienced any problems with focus speed and it always seems to "nail" the focus in real-world use, even at very low light levels (i.e. no obvious back or front focusing issues on my sample!) It's well-made, light, small(-ish for a 50mm prime) and smooth and quiet in use.
Is it worth the money? I can't say - the premium over the 1.8D, or even the 1.4D, is steep (and getting steeper, it would seem.) Is it a joy to use? Yes. Does it nail the shot every time? Yes. Have I taken it off my camera body yet? No (and I do have some other very nice, but slower, lenses.) So, if you want to invest in a fast 50mm lens for Nikon and you have a body that handles "G" lenses, I can certainly recommend this one (although I understand it is not very good for architectural photography, but I can't imagine why you would buy this version for such an application anyway.)