Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Nikon 50mm f1.4 af-d Review + Lens Sharpness Test

 This is the review of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 af-D Lens

Here are also the sharpness tests

More details after the break

 This lens is as sharp as a macro lens when you get to f/2.8 and above.
This is the older version of the lens which is actually better in my opinion than the new version.

The newer version has af-s meaning it should have faster focusing but from my testing of the two different lenses this is not so, it takes longer for the newer lens to initiate focus searching and I just got frustrated with it.  The newer lens (link at the bottom) also does not have an aperture ring meaning ti is useless if you want to attach it via a Kawa Lens adapater to a canon body as it will always be at the smallest aperture of f/16. This also means that it will suck if you ever go old school and get a really old film camera.

The f/1.4 is better build but not massively better than the f/1.8 but it is almost 3X as much the price however the 1.4 still only comes in at around £300 which for a lens that is this bright it is amazing.  This is a must have lens in any photographers bag, and if your starting out in photography then this should be one of the first on your list to really get to grips with depth of field and also just show you how crap your standard kit lenses are with their f/3.5-5.6 apertures.

So the first picture is taken at f1.4 which shows amazing shallow depth of field.

at f/5.6
Your going to have to look super close to notice the difference but you will see that the DOF is greater and the eye is deffo sharper. 

Here are the photos to let you see the effect of the shallow depth of field you get with this the Nikon 50mm F/1.4 af-d  as shown in the video above






here is the FOV (Field of View) Comparison between the Nikon 50mm lens on a Full Frame and a cropped sensor camera

Here is the effect of the Vignette that is created at the different Apertures, The larger the aperture (ie f/1.4 the more the darkening at the edges





This lens is also sweet for using for film due to its super light sensitivity and its shallow depth of field,
Here is a video:

Extra video of this lens is coming

Links to this lens are coming

And here is a review from back in the day

And here is a video  of the sharpness from back in the day as well

and a random video of me using the lens for a type of shoot.

Links to buy lens, check out this

and the newer version which doesn't (repeat DOESN'T have the APERTURE RING!!!)

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G


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  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

  3. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)