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Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AIS Nikkor

 
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50mm $400
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(From Nikon lens literature) This exceptional low-light manual focus lens is perfect for travel and portrait work and any situation where a extremely limited depth of field is desired.

Key Features:

  • High-speed normal lens
  • Distortion-free images with superb resolution
  • Great for travel and for shooting full-length portraits in available light

Note: Available through special order only against confirmed and non-cancelable orders. Allow 60 to 120 days for delivery. Subject to limited availability.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AIS Nikkor User Reviews

9.5/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 9.5/10
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  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (7 reviews)
    Low light and small size. Great versatile normal lens
    Not too sharp wide open but stopped down - very sharp

    If you are shooting film and using a non AF this is a great walk around lens. I usually use a little wider normal lens but this is a very sharp lens and if I need a low light option then I pull this one. Probably a must have.

    reviewed October 16th, 2012 (purchased for $250)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    Build, Quality glass with SIC on the elements
    A little softer wide open than I would like. Probably great for portraits soft.

    I've been shooting Nikkors since 1968 and I like fast glass because I can handhold at higher shutter speeds. Don't like tripods. The one I have is the latest version made from 2006-Present with SIC. There's always been amongst the 50mm users, the battle over which one is better between the 1.8 AIS and the 1.4 AIS. I actually have both and I really like both to be honest. Both have their character. I think you can be more creative with the 1.4 as far as bokeh. This jewel is crafted very, very well, unlike the AF models. I usually shoot at 5.6-8 and the colors, contrast and resolution are outstanding along with no play in the focus ring. This is an excellent lens along with the 1.8 as well. Using these two will assure you that you will bring back some good pics. Unless the photographer messes up! It was worth it for me to add the 1.4 to the arsenal. Have never regretted it.

    reviewed July 10th, 2012 (purchased for $395)