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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Standard prime lens for Nikon SLR cameras

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Pair this high-performance prime lens with your Nikon SLR for superb photographic results. Its 50mm focal length and compact size makes it an excellent choice for travel photography, indoor events, and all-around picture taking. A large maximum f/1.4 aperture lets in plenty of light, allowing faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. That large aperture also makes this low-light champ perfect for shooting accurately exposed photos indoors — without spoiling the mood with a flash.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G prime lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital and autofocus film SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 50mm with full-frame digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 75mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • ideal for portraiture and everyday use
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • minimum focus distance: 18 in.
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating for superior color saturation and reduced lens flare
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 2-15/16" in diameter, 2-1/8" long
  • weight: 9.9 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens
  • LC-58 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HB-47 Lens hood
  • Flexible lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fren/Span/ + 9 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

A Classic Nikon Lens

Robert from Brandon, MS on 2/17/2019

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I've been using Nikon equipment for over 50 years and the 50mm f/1.4 was my first lens. With the evolution to digital all of my lens are zooms. I bought this lens primarily for night street photography. It has proven to be everything I thought it would be and more. Even mounted on my D850 it is far less intimidating to people than my 24-70 f/2.8. The 2 stop advantage has allowed me to get shots handheld that I simply couldn't do with the f/2.8. While the lens continues to get sharper as you approach f/5.6, its more than sharp enough wide open at f/1.4. At f/1.4 there is a slight loss of contrast but that's easily corrected in photoshop. I should have gotten this lens long ago.

Pros: Sharp Great low light performance Light weight Great price

Cons: Its a prime, doesn't zoom

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Crutchfield customer from Madison, AL on 12/8/2018

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Very nice lens. Use it with my D80. Produces great portraits and low light pictures.



Awesome Job

Roberto from Puerto Rico on 12/14/2014

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Super sharp images.

Pros: Awesome low light pictures.


Superb lens

Paball from Kalispell, MT on 1/11/2014

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Lives up to its reputation as a sharp, professional quality lens. I wanted this prime for maximum resolution at this focal length, and for available light photography. Does the job in spades.



truly a great lens

Lm from Dededo Guam on 8/1/2013

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Super sharp at 1.4...a great portrait lens. I used to love my 24-70 2.8 but now im in love with my fitty..

Pros: Super sharp


Pics taken with this len has a very natural look & colors

Mr. Paul from San Gabriel, CA on 3/7/2013

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This len takes very sharp pictures from f/2.8 to f/8 . Photos taken with this len has a very natural look and colors. Great upgrade from my older 50mm f/1.4D.

Pros: Very sharp, light and quiet. Pictures has a very natural look and colors. Sells at a bargain price.

Cons: Back focus slightly on the D7000, but can be corrected in camera.

good standard prime lens

Mike C from White Plains, NY on 3/17/2012

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I purchased the lens for street photography on a full frame camera and I am happy with the results I am getting.

Pros: very fast focus, light weight for all metal lens, low profile, perfect street lens

Cons: has a slight vignetting and edge distortion when adjusted in Lightroom 4

Great Glass at a Great Price

Emmett C from New York, NY on 6/23/2011

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Great Prime Lens at an affordable price. Huge aperature, nice bokah, DOF




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Mount Type Nikon F-mount
Sensor Size Full frame
Image Stabilization No
Lens Type Standard
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Weight 9.9 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

Product Research


Overview: The AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens is ideal for travel, event, environmental, and general photography. It is an ideal portrait lens on DX-format cameras, with approximately the same angle of view similar to that of a 75mm lens on a Nikon FX-format digital SLR or a 35mm film camera. The fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is perfect for low-light conditions, general, and travel photography.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-47 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.


  • Lens Type: Nikon G-type AF-S Nikkor lens with built-in CPU
  • Mount Type: Nikon F-type bayonet mount
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Picture Angle:
    • FX format D-SLR and 35mm film cameras: 46°
    • DX-format D-SLR: 31°30'
    • IX240 system cameras: 38°
  • Distance Scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.45m (1.75 ft) to infinity
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 2.877"
    • Length: 2.508"
    • With Lens Caps: 3.053"
  • Weight: approximately 9.9 ounces

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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Why did you buy this?

It's the classic lens for 35mm full frame cameras. [ John  Feb 06, 2019 ]
For a Christmas gift [ Roger  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Need a light weight lens that get me great pictures,primarily indoors, with my Nikon D810 [ Jose  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Needed a fast low light Portrait Lens to use with my Nikon D750 [ Nishith  May 14, 2017 ]

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