Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G released

Update: The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens is scheduled to be available at the beginning of December 2008 at an estimated selling price of $439.95.

  • AF-S 50mm lens — a fast, single-focal-length lens with normal picture angle (when attached to a DX-format SLR, the picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 75mm in FX/35mm format)
  • Large maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Well-balanced design realizes both high MTF performance and natural-looking picture blur
  • Newly developed optical system effectively corrects sagittal coma flare and coma aberration
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures smooth, quiet AF operation
  • Two focus modes are available — M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus)
  • Focus ring does not rotate in AF operation
  • Natural blur effects thanks to nine-blade rounded diaphragm
  • Although all lens groups shift during focusing, the lens barrel length does not change

Spatial Frequencies S: Sagittal M: Meridional
10 lines/mm
30 lines/mm
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  • James

    If you need VR on a 50mm lens I think you need a tripod instead!

  • Haha, I know the Canon’s 1.2, but they’re 1.4 USM lens is like the old 1.4D that Nikkor supplied us with for so long, but at least it’s not the 1,600 +/- dollars that the Canon is!!!

    In my opinion 440 is a lot better than it could have been.

  • Grrrr-owll!! 😉

  • Anonymous

    Nope, it has a metal mount…

  • Harper

    I’m one of those people who has a D40 and an AF 50mm f/1.8 and I can honestly say I’d really like to have auto focus. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to get a bunch of great photographs that are ruined by being off in focus by an inch or two. Maybe my eye isn’t sharp enough.

  • Harper

    I’d really like to get this lens but my one concern is that on a D40 it takes photos that are more like the ones you’d get with a 75mm lens on a film camera. The sigma AF-S prime isn’t as good on optical quality but it’s 30mm which takes photos that are more like 50mm with a film camera.

    What do people find more versatile or effective with a DX frame: the 50mm or the 30mm lenses?

  • dnhjr

    Think I’ll wait and see how the reviews turn out. I tried the Sigma 50mm and it was just way to big and heavy. I can’t believe this new 50mm does not have at least ED.

  • Eric L

    Agreed, but on an 85mm if they did one would be nice!

  • dnhjr

    Those are awesome shot’s Scott. What camera did you use?

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    Yes, it does have a metal mount. If you look at the picture of the lens on the Nikon web site closely you can see a small edge of the metal mount.

  • Camino

    Is this made in Japan? China?

  • (anonymous)

    It looks like it will come with a lens hood (bayonet mount) and the front is 58mm.

  • peter

    sometimes, but rarely, i get stunned by the stupidity and troll-like behavious of so many people.

    some of you people need to get a goddam life you pack of whiney little schoolgirls.

    no N coating, no f1.2, no 24mm f1.4, no 85mm, no VR, no this, no that. GROW UP.

  • charles

    YES ! i’m glad someone said it. the whingers will probably never buy the lens’ they say they want anyway. they just want to say “nikon has the XXmm f1.2”

    i’m very happy with the 50mm starting off the af-s prime rehash. VR and Nano coating would’ve doubled the price and the weight. no thanks.

  • Anonymous

    they went to photokina only with this litle thing to show??? pretty lame…


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