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50mm f/1.4AF-D


Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-D

Officially this lens is called Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D. It is my favorite lens, I even have two of them, one for my F4s and one for the FM2n 

Nikon has produced over 600.000 since 1995 until now. The majority have been produced in China, only the first batch is made in Japan. 

“My personal favorite”

This lens is the fastest AF standard lens in the current Nikon lens lineup. The best thing about having a fast lens is the quality when you take it a bit ‘slower’. The sharpness from F/2.0 is amazing. But is you need to you always have f/1.4 available where the sharpness is still very acceptable.

The build quality of the lens is very fine. The outer barrel is made of good quality polycarbonate with a sleek finish. The bayonet ring is made of metal. The rubberized focus ring operates very smooth.

The lens extends a little bit towards closer focus distances. The front element doesn't rotate so using a polarizer is no issue. 

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7 elements, 6 groups


0,45 m

65 x 43 mm

230 g

52 mm (non-rotating)

Nikon HR-2 (optional)

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