Old 02-05-2009, 01:21 AM   #1
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Hey all,

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor lens has been in my eye for a while, and with my tax return coming, I would like to ask a few questions. I really only want this lens if it delivers practically no distortion (straight lying objects that span the whole frame, etc.). Next is the f/1.4 variation built any better, or does it deliver even less distortion?

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Old 02-05-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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I have both lenses but first, are you DX or FX sensor? I actually prefer the 50 f/1.8D over the faster one. Distortion? Nope, you won't have any problems there. The faster version of this lens is very soft up to about f/2.8 whereas the slower one has great bokeh and good sharpness even at f/1.8. I cannot comment about the new 50 f/1.4G lens as I have not tried it yet, I'm only using the D model as an example. Hope this helps!

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:30 AM   #3
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Here are two reviews to help you decide.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/5018daf.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/5014af.htm

They just came out with an AF-S version of the 1.4 but its pretty expensive. Unlike the two above however it will focus on the D40/40X/D60.

I want to get my hands on the 1.4D pretty bad, its on my list sometime in the future. If you don't care about auto focus Nikon also makes a manual version.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/50f14ai.htm
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Manual focus is fine by me (especially since this lens actually has a manual ring, unlike the stock lenses). Thanks guys, thats all I needed to hear,

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Old 02-06-2009, 12:28 AM   #5
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You will have sharper photo's at 2.8 or more with all brand's of 50 mm ( depth of field ) so save some cash get the F 1.8.
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