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Old 03-14-2006   #1
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Default 50 1.8 or 50 1.4?

I am wondering what you guys think about going with a 50mm 1.8 or 1.4.

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Great question, Eric. I have owned both lenses and really love them both. There's no wrong choice here. Nikon's 1.8 is superb, and the 1.4 has perhaps a bit creamier bokeh and, of course, 1.4! I've owned both but currently have only the 1.8.

The 1.8 is lighter, a tad, but they're both wonderfully portable. You can't go wrong.

Sharpness: I'd say the 1.8 is sharper at 1.8 than the 1.4 is at 1.4.
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I use the 50mm f/1.8 as my primary people/indoor sports lens. I wouldn't mind the f/1.4, but I'm not sure if it's worth the extra cash unless you need f/1.4 or slightly improved bokeh.
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Sharpness: I'd say the 1.8 is sharper at 1.8 than the 1.4 is at 1.4.
OTOH, the f1.4 DEFINITELY is the better lens at f1.4.

It's probably more useful to understand how they each perform at f2.8-f11 My experience is that the f1.8 is slightly sharper and slightly contrastier, while the f1.4 has somewhat better bokeh. As least for manual focus AI versions. I've never owned an f1.4 in AF version.
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When shooting in dimly lit situations with a 50mm f/1.8, I always felt I needed a faster lens. I eventually replaced the f/1.8 with an f/1.4 (first the manual focus version and now the auto focus version). From my experience, if you shoot a lot of available light, get the f/1.4 or even the f/1.2. If not, why waste the extra money for the extra fraction of a stop?

Personally, rather than carry a one fast 50mm lens for available light shooting, I would prefer to carry two fast lenses (the 35mm f1.4 and the 85mm f/1.4).
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I have the 50 1.8 and I really like the lens. I don't use it as much as I should, but it is very nice.

If you really need the 1.4, then go that route...

For the same dough, you could probably almost get the 50 1.8 and the 35mm f2

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I own and use older 50mm f/2, 1.8, and 1.4 Nikkors. I also own and use the older 55mm Micro-Nikkor f3.5 and the very sharp GN-Nikkor 45mm f.2.8. They are all sharp. If I were starting out on a low budget I'd go for the 1.8.


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