Just posted!Our lens review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G. This version replaces the AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4D we reviewed last year, bringing entirely new optics and a built-in AF-S motor which allows autofocus on all of Nikon’s DSLRs. On its introduction Nikon hailed it as ‘redefining the standard lens concept’, so how well does it live up to these lofty claims?
Its round front element form and also the built-in lens hood just make it impossible to use filters. Sure, you can buy a filter holder program from Lee along with other manufacturers for this lens to accommodate filters, however it is not cheap and you may have to purchase a set of big 150mm filters, so forget about using your present filters. I really wish Nikon enabled us to use small replaceable filters close to the lens mount, just like on telephoto lenses and also this lens would have been irreplaceable.If you don’t heavily rely on various filters like that I do, then you’ll never be let down with this particular lens — yes, it’s that good. If ability to utilize filters is essential, the only other full-frame lens from Nikon I’d consider would be the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR lens (see my Nikon 16-35mm VR Inspection ). If you’re a DX shot, then the Nikon 12-24mm f/4 is superb.Year after year, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G has been my #1 most used workhorse lens for landscape photography. While its performance isn’t quite as striking as on the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, particularly in the corners in large apertures, it just has to be stopped down to f/5.6 and smaller to display its true functionality. It has a light quick AF, beautiful color rendering, extremely helpful zoom range on full-frame cameras also it carries filters! But similar to this 14-24mm it also includes a few problems — it’s bulky, heavy, expensive and has no VR.
Click here for our review of the Nikon AG-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G