Photos Taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

A collection of photos I've taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.

A 50mm prime lens is the classic “normal” lens for DSLRs. It’s a very similar perspective to what we’re used to seeing with our eyes in real life. It’s sometimes known as the “nifty fifty” because it can be a go-to lens for all sorts of things. They’re often small and light, and even surprisingly inexpensive.

With relatively simple lens designs that are tried and tested, they also happen to be some of the sharpest lenses available. That doesn’t, of course, mean they’re equally as sharp at every aperture, and often they can be a bit soft wide open. That’s true of this lens–at f/1.4 there can be a slightly ethereal effect to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing–just a performance quirk that’s worth being aware of.

A 50mm lens is also a great first prime to get if you’re looking to upgrade from a camera’s kit lens and dip your toes into the world of prime lenses. If you’re using a DSLR with a cropped sensor, it will turn the 50mm into roughly equivalent to a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera. That’s approaching the lower end of the range for a moderate telephoto. The major lens manufacturers produce 50mm f/1.8 lenses that are very sharp and surprisingly affordable. This f/1.4 version is over double the price of it’s f/1.8 sibling, but it’s still quite affordable considering its quality and versatility.

One of the things I like most about this lens is its versatility. While it might not be the perfect lens for every type of shooting, it can handle a very broad range of shooting conditions well. Whether you’re shooting a wedding, a travel destination, a restaurant’s food, candid family shots, or street photography, there’s a good chance that you can come away with some great shots.

And that holds true in an unusually broad range of lighting conditions. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and a moderate focal length, it opens up possibilities for hand-held photography even in very low lighting conditions.

Nikon has two autofocus 50mm f/1.4 lenses in their current range. This one is the “G” version and is the newer of the two. It’s designed for newer Nikon cameras and doesn’t have an aperture ring–that’s all handled in the camera. There is also still available an older “D” version that includes an aperture ring (and will still work on newer Nikon cameras).

Here are some example photos I’ve shot with this lens to give some idea of how it performs in real-world shooting. If you’d like a closer look, you can click on each image for a full-size version.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G Sample Images

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.8. Even though it’s not a macro lens, I still find it very useful for flower shots.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.2. Another example where the fast aperture can make even night hand-held shooting possible.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.2. The focusing had to be quick as these soldiers came close by me at the Acropolis in Athens..

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.6. This isn’t a macro lens, but with relatively close focusing it’s still useful for flower photos.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8. The dimly lit interior of a cathedral in Athens, Greece.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/16.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8. This was from an architectual shoot for a client. While I would never do an architectural shoot primarily with the 50mm–I’d normally be using wider tilt-shift lenses–I like to have the 50mm on hand to call out details and provide some more abstract perspectives.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D300 at 50 mm and f/11. The faint glow of the rising sun behind the Washington Monument.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/4.0. I took this while waiting in the foyer of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico for a very early morning pickup while the main lights were still out.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.6. While not a macro lens, it can be useful lens for food photography.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4. Lights in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/7.1. Another example of how it’s useful for relatively close photos even though it’s not a macro lens.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0. Some of the colorful tiled ceiling of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/7.1.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.5. This shot and the one immediately below show it’s versatility, from a moderate distance and then from much closer.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.8. A “normal” perspective of the ramparts of the Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.2. Tea in Istanbul.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8. Rain falling on the water.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/11.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/3.5. The combination of being small and light and fast apertures makes it a good option for brightening up night-time scenes. This shot makes it look brighter than it was in real life.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D810 at 50 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/4.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4. Dreamy cherry blossom “snow” in Washington DC at the tail end of the bloom of the famous flowers.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/2.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/8.0. There’s not much of an issue with lens flare, even directly at the sun.

Photo taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens on a NIKON D800 at 50 mm and f/1.4.

Find Them At

You can find the Nikon 50mm ƒ/1.4G at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon.

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