Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

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Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

All Nikon Nikkor 50-58 / 1.4 / 1.2 / 0.95 autofocus lenses

Details for each model can be found in my article 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'. Nikon currently has 5 class 50 (58) /1.4 autofocus full-frame lenses for SLR cameras:

  1. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (first version, MK I) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1991
  2. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (second version, MK II, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was only available in Japan from 1991 to 1995
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 1995 to this day. There are two subversions that are no different.
  4. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as 'G' version) - the lens is only available in China from 2008 to this day.
  5. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical (version better known as'58/1.4') - the lens is only available in Japan from 2013 to this day.
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct - The lens is available from 2019 to this day. Premium Lens for Mirrorless Cameras Nikon Z... It does not have automatic focus, but has a record aperture. Complex optical design with 17 elements in 10 groups, with 4 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements.
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 / 1.2 S - The lens has been produced from 2020 to the present day. Professional S-line lens for mirrorless cameras Nikon Z... Complex optical design with 17 elements in 15 groups, with 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements

From third-party manufacturers there are similar models in the person of: 

  1. , since 2008
  2. Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM Artsince 2014
  3. Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FFsince 2018
  4. YONGNUO LENS YN50mm F1.4N Esince 2018

Fast standard lens, such as Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D - very well suited for working in low light, makes it easy to control depth of field, on Nikon DX cameras (and on Nikon FX) it is often used as portrait lens. It’s convenient with him take off, since due to the large aperture you can work with shorter shutter speeds. It is often said that the Nikon 50 / 1.4D (or a similar lens) is the lens that every photographer should have, his role in photo life is sometimes simply invaluable.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) when focusing on infinity

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) when focusing on infinity

At the moment Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D is considered slightly outdated, and passing the baton of aperture fifty kopecks to its brother - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) when focusing on MDF

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) when focusing on MDF

The lens has fast auto focus. The instance that I visited on the review has a slight back focus when used on my cameras Nikon D700 и D80 (focuses a little farther than the subject). There is no focus mode switch on the lens body; to put the lens in manual focus mode, switch the camera to manual focus mode using the switch located near the camera mount. The focus ring is rubberized, comfortable enough and rotates 135 degrees. During focusing, the front lens does not rotate, and the trunk of the lens travels forward. During auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched.

The lens has a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet. The minimum focusing distance is 45 cm, and the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 6.8. The depth of field scale is indicated for the values ​​of F / 11 and F / 16, there is also an infrared shift mark.

The lens uses small filters with a diameter of 52 mm, like a whale Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor... The lens weighs about 260 grams and feels like a solid, well-made product in the hands. On the side of the metal mount there is a black screw that serves as a mark for attaching the lens to the camera. As an option, you can purchase a Nikon HR-2 rubber hood, which is screwed into the thread of the front light filter.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

Auto focus with Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D lens available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing. An exact and complete list of Nikon CZKs that support auto focus with 'AF' lenses can be found in the 'Auto focus on Nikon cameras'. During auto focus, the camera and lens are quite noisy.

The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to F / 16 and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks, the values ​​F / 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 are plotted on it, it is impossible to establish an intermediate value between pairs of numbers.

The lens diaphragm consists of 7 non-rounded petals and with it you can easily get 14 ray stars from strong (hard) light sources. On an open aperture at the edges of the image, the luminous points in the defocus zone turn into limonchiki (see an example) On covered diaphragms, it is easy to obtain nuts in the blur zone (see an example).

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan), rear view

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan), rear view

Nikon has darkness and darkness autofocus fifty dollars and even more manual fifty dollars, and some manual options are still produced, for example - Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.2 AI-S.

Enlightenment and aperture blades Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

Enlightenment and aperture blades Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

Personal impressions:
In fact, after a long use of the lens Nikon 50mm1: 1.8D AF Nikkor not really felt the addition of aperture to the floor of the foot (the difference between F / 1.4 and F / 1.8). Of course, F / 1.4 is better than 1.8, but I still tend to believe that you should not overpay if shooting does not require work with low light.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) and Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5D

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) and Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5D

At F / 1.4, the lens is not as sharp as we would like it to be, but it is noticeably chromate. Sharpness in the center of the frame becomes very good at F / 2.0, and at the edges of the frame somewhere at F / 4-5.6. In general, there is nothing unusual in the image quality of the standard fifty kopeck piece. Personally, I didn't like a little that the lens slightly yellows, which can be seen even in the optical viewfinder, perhaps I got such a copy.

Nikon has not updated the optical design of this lens, consisting of 7 elements in 6 groups, for a very long period. This scheme was first implemented in the Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4 (AI) lens back in 1977 and was replaced by a new one, consisting of 8 elements in 7 groups, in the model Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM already in 2008. Apparently, the thirty-year-old production of lenses on such an optical scheme has some serious reasons, of which I personally single out a rather pleasant 'drawing' of the lens.

Also, Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) is one of Nikon's fastest autofocus lenses, as Nikon doesn’t make anything “stronger” for DSLR cameras than f / 1.4. Plus, this kid is the cheapest autofocus lens with F / 1.4 :).

On Nikon DX cameras, the EFR of the lens is 75 mm.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 562 MB, 31 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from cameras Nikon D700 (FX) and Nikon D80 (DX).

Prices

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Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D on the ZK

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D on the ZK

Results:
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan) is an excellent and very successful fast lens, it will help a novice photographer to understand and learn how to work with depth of field, and a professional to take wonderful photos :).

You can read more information about other autofocus fifty dollars here.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 287, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D (made in Japan)

  • Olga

    Good day! My question is, does this lens work on cropped lenses like 50, and full frame like 35? Or like 50 on full frame, and on cropped like 85?

    • Pokemon

      The 50 / 1.4D lens was created in film times. On ff 50mm, on crop the ether will be 75mm.

      • Olga

        Thank! I liked it at 80, and at 610 somehow less. I use little, but I would like more). I don't like 1,4 at all, but I want bokeh.

  • Olga

    Good day! Please compare it to the Nikon AF-S 50mm f / 1.4G Lens. Is there a difference?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, there is, not in favor of the D-version.

      • Olga

        Does it make sense to change D to G, or the difference won't be significant? Nikon 610 camera.

  • Igor

    Good day ))
    I would like to get some advice on what to choose from 50 mm
    Nikon AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G
    Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm 1: 1.4 (very first with metal ring)
    I've been looking for a review of the old man for several days now and can't find it.

    Carcass D3s.

    Rather, the question is even this - the ancient AF is not inferior in image quality to AF-S?
    Autofocus noise is almost indifferent to me.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nikon AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G is the best option. The old 50 1.4 af on the open one is noticeably worse than the new one by 1.8.

  • Igor

    Thank! I settled on your pages and nothing else is needed))
    Good luck to you!

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