The Nikon nifty-fifty 50mm f1.4G. Probably my most useful lens taking price & size into consideration. For a fast f1.4 lens, this weighs only 280g & is a good choice for a first prime lens. Priced at around £255 in the UK, this lens is great for street photography, general walkabout or even a holiday/vacation lens. It can also be used as a portrait lens for 3/4 or full length & small group shots. (On a DX crop frame, the 50mm becomes an excellent portrait lens at 75mm, but perhaps not so useful as a walkabout.)
Sharpness is equal to my Nikkor 105mm f2.8 & Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G. At the widest aperture of f1.4, the 50mm f1.4 has a sharp area in the centre, with softness out to the edges (great for portraits). The central sharp area gets bigger from f1.8 through f2.0 & at f2.8 the lens is sharp edge to edge. Despite not having the magic Nano crystal coating, colours are good & there are no issues with flare. With 9 rounded aperture blades, Bokeh is good with no nasty surprises in the highlights.
Autofocus is not pro-level, but perfectly fine for regular use. Minimum focus distance is 0.45m & construction is mostly plastic. It doesn’t feel as though it could be dropped too many times, but it’s not a pro lens & doesn’t cost £1k!
The first example using this lens was taken at Tynwald National Park, St John’s, Isle of Man. Details are Nikon D810 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4G @ f2.0, 1/1500 sec, ISO 100, handheld. I love the soft colours in this shot & the Bokeh is soft & not distracting.
This next image was taken in Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man. Details are Nikon D810 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4G @ f2.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 220, handheld. In this shot, I love the soft stained glass windows in the background against the candles & the cross. The colours again are very good.
This final example image which was taken at Grove House Museum of Victorian Life, Ramsey, Isle of Man. Details are Nikon D810 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4G @ f2.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 160, handheld. One of the guides had created some beautiful arrangements using flowers from the garden. I was very close to this vase & depth of field is narrow allowing the period hobby horses in the background to be blurred.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post & I hope you enjoyed the images.