50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ashutosh_samarth, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Hello,

    Not sure if my first request got posted... so putting it again.

    I have a D50 and a Nikon f/3.5-5.6 18-200mm VR. The reviews for Nikon 50mm
    f/1.8D look appealing. What say guys...
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Excellent lens, but if you are unsure you want one, get the f1.8 instead. The 1.4 is really only worth the extra cost if you know you need the extra speed over the f1.8
  3. The 50mm 1.4 stops at 16 when the 1.8 at 22,

    I have both and won't part with either but in a budget the 1.8 is a no brainer.
  4. Unless you absolutely know for sure you will need the extra speed of the 1.4, get the 1.8. For just over $100, it like Juanjo said, a no brainer. You will be pleasantly suprised at it's abilities compared to the 18-200mm.

    The 1.4 is a better lens but by only the slightest margin.
  5. Adam,

    >>The 1.4 is really only worth the extra cost if you know you need the extra speed over the f1.8

    sorry to disagree...the 50/1.4 has much smoother bokeh than the 50/1.8, which is why I upgraded.

  6. Carsten: That's not my experience. While the f1.4 has smoother bokeh, it's only by a small amount. Going to a 45/2.8P is the way to go for excellent bokeh in that focal range.
  7. Not that I am an expert in the least but anytime anyone asks me about purchasing an SLR\DSLR I tell them to get a 50mm lens. Why? It is the cheapest lens to buy and usually has the best quality (or at least quality on level with pro range glass). Plus it is less limited by lack of light and allows for creative use of depth of field, not to mention its sharp as heck even wide open.

    If I'm using my camera(dslr) a 50mm f1.4 is on it (unless I specifically need something wider or longer). I also usually carry a cheap offbrand 28mm too.

    I say go for it. You have nothing to lose except for your zoom when you see the quality that is possible with the right lens.
  8. for the same price as a 50mm f1.4 you could get a 50mm f1.8 AND either a used 55 micro or
    a 35mm f2... That's the way I would go. I have the same camera and 18-200 as you and find
    the 50mm f1.8 to be an OUTSTANDING addition. When you can use it instead of the 18-200
    you will get noticeably better results, especially at large print sizes or with heavy cropping. I
    LOVE mine. Then I got a 55mm f3.5 AI micro and LOVE that. Total cost... under 250 including
    tax and shipping for both. Less than a 50mm f1.4.
  9. Thanks for all the responses.

    One more query, will auto focus for this lens work with D50.

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