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 β€” 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 β€” 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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  • Blog Admin

    They first listed as AF only, not AF-S.

  • Eric

    WOOHOO! Now I don’t have to buy Sigma (good, but not as good as Nikon).

    Any word on price?

  • kaki

    I have no idea what sort of benefits we get from this normal prime lens. why we have to exciting with this. we get chicken instead of swan.

  • Steve

    I really hope there is more coming out because releasing a 50mm 1.4 isn’t that big of news. The 50 1.4/1.8 are the most common lenses around. Nikon needs go after Canon’s 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.2 and 85 1.2. If they don’t at least release a new 85 and 35(or 28) I’ll be disappointed.

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    Looks like my Nikon Representative source from September 20th was correct!

  • I will have this lens!

  • Adam

    I like how on the Nikon USA website under “tech specs”, it’s got a big “No” next to the entry for Silent Wave Motor.

  • Juergen

    US estimated selling price is 439.95 US Dollar – why wasn’t that mentioned here?

  • Eric L

    I bet this is just the begining, bet next comes a 30 and an 85mm. I personally don’t care for the third of a stop to f/1.2

  • Ernst

    Your answers:

    1) AF-S is quicker and dead silent — which is a big deal when shooting in dark, quiet places (one of the main uses of a 50 f/1.4).

    2) The old 50mm suffered from terrible flare. Hopefully they’ve fixed that.

    3) Nikon now makes an AF 50mm for the D40/D60, with the side benefit that the compact size of a D40/D60 can now be taken advantage of (a D80 with a AF-D 50mm is smaller in practice than a D40 with an AF-S kit zoom).

  • Eric L

    I have no idea what sort of benefits we get from this normal prime lens. why we have to exciting with this. we get chicken instead of swan.

    One word, AF-s, another word, D40

  • I want one I want one I want one! Now!

  • Eric L


  • Henry Nikon Fan

    I will difinitely get on a list for one of these for portrait use. With it being AF-S, I can use it on my D300 and my wife can use it on her D60.

  • Steve

    I would be fine with an 85 being 1.4 over Canon’s 1.2 if it focuses faster. Since I don’t know how it would be possible for a lens to focus slower than the 85 1.2 I’m very hopeful. As a recent Canon to Nikon switcher I will be very disappointed if Nikon doesn’t release some good primes.

  • Blog Admin

    They could be/should be more

  • Anonymous

    What is wrong with the current 85/1.4? I don’t have it, but most reviews I read only have good things to say about it.

    Granted, AF-S would be useful.

  • Steven Sow

    I second that. That’s why everyone waiting for new primes should be excited. What I would like to see is them keep the 35 F2, just add a 35 1.4 AFS. I wonder how long until it ships? I was almost ready to buy a 50 1.4 AFD, but I would like to get this instead.

  • Carter

    Oh baby!

    Break me off a piece of that…

  • Steven Sow

    the only thing wrong with it is that it doesn’t have AF-S. I had the opportunity to use it for a wedding. I loved everything about it, just wish it had AF-S.

  • Steve

    The Canon 85mm 1.2 is legendary for sharpness and bokeh. The Nikon is good but not in the same class.

  • cameron

    *yawns* my brother had the AF-S 50mm for a while and he still prefers old 50mm 1.4 because its sharper from f/1.4 to f/4 but losing sharpness at lower apertures. the new AF-S dont have rubber sealing on the mount, either… a lot of D40, D40X, and D60 users have AF 50mm lenses and they just focus it manually, no problem, so… not big news for us…

  • anon

    Ouch, they are breaking the tradition of 52mm filter size… not sure that I’m too amused about this.

  • Daniel

    says who? Nikon 85mm 1.4 is also legendary. You have just made that up…

  • Anonymous

    “Good news is, Nikon finally starts updating the primes.

    Bad news is, this is probably the only product announcement from Nikon for 2008 Photokina.” Dpreview, jeff-c

  • Blog Admin

    the lens is AF-S – Nikon USA has an error on its web site…

  • kaki

    First off, d-80 can attach any afd lens and the price is right now around 600 bucks. What I am saying is much better camera and image quality than d-40. I would but d80+any zoom. The reason is that we call 50mm as normal lens. The images made by 50mm is very much plain even 1.5factor as 75mm and it is still not in portrait range. There is no reason to exciting with this.

  • Steve

    Yes, that’s why all of the Nikon users have been begging for new primes. Get over it. There are some things Canon does better just as there are some things that Nikon does better. Right now Canon has the advantage in the primes.

  • anon

    Hmm… check out the MTF curves at, the old 50/1.8 still seems to be better than this new one!

  • Steven Sow

    Sorry, I was referring to the 85 1.4, not this new wonderful lens…

  • Daniel

    about primes in general you are right. But saying that Nikon 85mm is not on the same class as the great canon 85 is bullshit.
    Nikon is behind Canon in several points (f/4 L zooms and wide angle primes come to mind) but this is not one of them.

  • Eric L

    As “unpopular” as the normal lens is, it’s truly amazing how many people use it. It must be a scam, a decent portion of the photography community are all taking pictures with a terribly unexciting lens!

    Also, AF-S = faster/better focus

    D40x is a very good camera, ecpecially for those who bought one when the D80 was NOT 600$ If I could do it again, I would, but I can’t, so this lens excites me.

    WOnder if the 85mm will have VR (ex: 105mm macro, even though VR has little effect close up)

  • Anonymous

    300$, deal?

    seriously… that is a bit steep after the 290$ 50 1.4 af-d price tag. It’s almost the price of the 60 2.8 micro-nikkor, which has nano, weather sealing, AND is a macro lens.
    I don’t get it why everyone wants the new lenses to be more expensive… people talking about 2600$ new 70-200 versions… it’s a sick sad world.

  • Ernst

    Nikon’s MTF charts are borderline useless because they only graph MTF at the widest aperture.

    So the MTF chart for the 50 f/1.8 is at 1.8, and the 50 f/1.4 AF-S is at 1.4. Which means you can’t meaningfully compare them.

    It would be nice if they provided charts for wide open, and then more for different apertures.

  • James

    YAY! Awesome update, now I can have a prime lens for my D40.

    Sure they’ll be plenty of people whining because they didnt get their high-end D3x or a new 70-200 but i’m glad Nikon is still paying attention to it’s customers with the smaller wallets πŸ™‚

  • fry26


    WTF were they thinking?

  • theKey

    any word on release date?

  • Max

    No Nano-Coating on this one? Still waiting for an updated 70-200mm and AF-S 85mm f/1.4.

  • Nikon user

    Release in December.

  • theKey


  • Stylus

    No VR?


  • stj

    Maybe Nikon did not put nano coating and rubber saeling on this model because they want to differentiate it from the 50mm f1.2 waiting in the pipeline?? πŸ™‚ I see not other reason why they would not add these two technologies… Otherwise the new primes might be more cost optimised than I hoped for πŸ™

  • rayn

    i know
    its an epic-fail
    nikon let me down
    no aperture ring = i cant reverse mount it onto bellows

  • moi

    i wrote this for another site


    nikon 50mm f1.4 AF-s

    8 elements / 7 groups

    Number of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)

    Filter thread 58 mm

    Weight 290g (10.2 oz)

    73.5mm diameter x 54.2mm length
    (2.9 x 2.1 in)

    Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4D (old)

    7 elements/6 groups

    Number of diaphragm blades 7

    Filter thread 52 mm

    Weight 230g (8.1 oz)

    64.5mm diameter x 42.5mm length
    (2.5 x 1.7 in)

    Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

    8 elements/6 groups
    1 aspherical element

    Number of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)

    Filter thread 77mm

    Weight 505 g (17.8 oz)

    84.5mm diameter x 68.2mm length
    (3.3 x 2.7 in)

  • D40 User

    “Many D40 users use a 50mm AF”
    Hmm I’ve got a D40 and I’ve tried using the 50mm 1.8 AF lens. Maybe capturing a vase of flowers sure, but manual focus on a child for a portrait? I think not.
    I’d rather invest in my glass first now I’m getting more serious about my photography and an AF-S portrait prime is first one my list.
    I also don’t see the point of VR on a lens like this – keep it small!

  • Steve

    Ask anyone that has used both and you will hear the same thing.

  • well, like others have said, I hope there is more, BUT… this is one of my favorite lenses (when I can remember to take it out and use it). I will certainly have this on my very short list.

    I did three recent “airport” shoots with the 50mm 1.4d, if you are interested in what the old lens did, go to my blog and put “50mm” in the search box to see examples.

    This lens was just fantastic as it was, I can’t imagine an updated version. I do shoot in near darkness (handheld) so this is great news to me, but I hope there is more to come.

  • AnonyMouse

    Told you so! πŸ˜›
    Sadly source flaked. No news on 35 replacement if QA was fixed or what the possible third prime was. Sorry….

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  • Bill

    Eeeew, its got a plastic mount.

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