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    nikon 50mm 1.8G vs 1.4G

    Has anyone compared the two?
    One is double the price, but both are still 'affordable'.
    From what I see the 1.4G at 1.8 is better than the 1.8G but only slightly

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    From what I've heard, the 1.8G is actually slightly better than the 1.4G at the same settings, in that it's a bit sharper.
    That was mainly why I went with the 1.8G over the 1.4G though of course other factors would go into which to pick, as to whether you want the benefits the extra 1/3-2/3 of a stop the 1.4G offers, like razor-thin DoF and awesome low-light performance.

    That said, I'm quite happy with my 1.8G, though I might later trade up for a 1.4G given I shoot a lot of film and so am usually shooting around ISO 100-400.

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    Value and sharpness wise I would choose the f1.8G also. Cameras can easily compensate the f stop difference by bumping the ISO a bit. You can probably get a Nikon 35mm f1.8G and 50mm f1.8G for the price of a Nikon 50mm f1.4G.
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    Not exactly what you're after but I have the Sigma 50/1.4 and Nikon 50/1.8D.
    I have to say I don't 'love' the Sigma though it's a decent performer. But I must admit I've not used it as much because of what I've been shooting lately. And it's only a small step up compared to 1.8D. I've heard the G improves almost every aspect compared to the D except it lacks an aperture ring which is no good for me because I occasionally reverse mount the old 50 for macros.
    But I suspect I'd be just as happy with only a 50/1.8G and nothing else (I very seldom do macros).
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    Cant say I have compared, sorry but I do have the 1.4 and it is my favorite lens ever! Glad i have it and wouldn't swap it, but I love the DoF it gives!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gqtuazon View Post
    You can probably get a Nikon 35mm f1.8G and 50mm f1.8G for the price of a Nikon 50mm f1.4G.
    Yes I've been thinking this too, but then also is there a need for 35 & 50 if they're so close?
    otoh the difference in DOF of 1.4 vs 1.8 on a crop - is it worth the $ or will I just miss focus all the time?!
    if I end up using it at f2 all the time there's no point after all.

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    Once you have 1.4 you won't be using it a F2!

    And I am desperate for the 35mm 1.4mm...but I just don't have the pennies at the moment.....
    Last edited by rellik666; 11-08-2011 at 10:27am.

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    agreed. the difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8 with a crop sensor is not massive, and there are definite challenges in shooting even at f/1.8
    the extra speed can give you creative options and more latitude in shooting conditions, but the amount of poorly done thin DOF shots i see these days has made me tired of the whole look. hopefully, thin DOF for the sake of thin DOF will go away soon. along with garrish cartoon-like HDR with terrible halos. but i digress.

    i am very impressed with what nikon has been able to do with new technology in the primes they have released recently, 24 f/1.4, 35 f/1.4, 35 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.8G (as well as all their recent new micro lenses). the 50 f/1.8 G shows what a few years can do, and definitely gives the 50 f/1.4 G a run for its money. we can be sure that if they ever update the 50 f/1.4 G, it will be a top class lens (judging by the 24, 35, 85 f/1.4 G lenses). but in terms of bang for buck right now, the 50 f/1.8 G looks like a no-brainer.
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    I love my 1.8 even if it presented some challenges when I first started using it. Every now and again I put on the D700 and play for the weekend, it makes you remember to zoom with your feet....and it is so cheap !!
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    Would there be any point jumping from the 50mm f/1.8D, to the 50mm f/1.8G?

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    faster AF?
    too much $ and nothing to spend it on?

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    General consensus I've seen and experienced with my old 1.8 af compared to my current 1.4g us that acquisition speed is similar but the g tracks a moving object much better

    I also think the g has smoother bokeh than the older 1.4 or 1.8
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    I've had several "Nifty Fifties" and almost never used them FX or DX.
    I use the 35 f/1.8 DX quite often and much prefer the focal range.
    It is so good that I have not even tried the f/1.4
    It is especially useful for Video
    Last edited by RRRoger; 13-08-2011 at 10:16pm.

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    This might help a bit. A good review on all Nikon 50mm lenses including the Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens.

    http://mansurovs.com/nikon-50mm-f1-8g-review

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    yeah great review. very surprising results in comparison to the sigma and afs 1.4 g.

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    Thom Hogan has also just got a review of the new 50mm f1.8G on his site as well.
    In his opinion, the 1.4G is SLIGHTLY better, but not significantly. However, the 1.8G apparently has a slightly better AF, though again not that significant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance B View Post
    After thinking for a long time, I'm still confused. Both boken look nervous to me, tho I can't compare to say which is more nervous.
    1.4 looks rounder tho.
    but for 2/3 stop but less sharpness and double price is not an easy choice at all

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