Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-D Review

In the earlier days of digital, the 50mm AF-D f/1.4 was something of a luxury lens in the Nikon world. Just as an example, see how many of DPReview's in-house shot's futured this lens mounted on a Nikon body. Many found the cheaper f/1.8 lens a revelation for sharpness at a very thrifty price, but in the days before nano-coating and all the exotic lenses that came after, the f/1.4 commanded a very steep price increase for an extra 2/3EV of exposure.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens, wide open.

We now have other choices in terms of the newer G-version and an offering from Sigma. So is there still a place for the once top of the heap lens? Read on.