Nikon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.4 Video

I made this video yesterday that gives my thoughts on the Nikon 50mm 1.8D vs 1.4D. The test shots were very un-scientific. All pictures were taken hand-held, one after the other and the lighting in the room did not change.

This video was shot with a Canon T3i & 28mm 1.8 and a 5D mark iii & 16-35L. Sound was recorded with Rode Videomic Pro & a Blue Yeti Microphone.

The following pictures are the shots used in the video in the order they appear.

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-2Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.8 ~ Settings: f/1.8 – 1/160th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular PhotographersCamera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: f/1.4 – 1/250th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-7Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.8 ~ Settings: f/1.8 – 1/100th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-8Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: f/1.8 – 1/125th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-3Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.8 ~ Settings: f/1.8 – 1/100th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-4Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: f/1.4 – 1/160th – ISO 250

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-5Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.8 ~ Settings: f/1.8 – 1/100th – ISO 800

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.4 1.4D vs 1.8 1.8D Prime lens bokeh - Rob Moses Photography - Native American Alaskan Famous Tlingit - Seattle Top Vancouver Photographer Popular Photographers-6Camera: Nikon D300s & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: f/1.4 – 1/160th – ISO 800

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. This was so great, Rob. I am not there yet but I love hearing not only the what but the why behind a photographer’s decision on a particular lens. Very informative. Thanks!

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  2. Thanks, Rob. That was a great explanation on a point I’ve been struggling with. I just bought a 50mm F1.4 AF, but I didn’t realize it won’t auto-focus on the camera body I have (Nikon D3200). I have a heck of a time getting a sharp focus (maybe every 10th shot), but I like what you say about sharpening in post. I LOVE the quality of the light and bokeh with the 1.4, and I’m just not willing to give up on it. What camera body do you use?

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    1. Hey Jennifer, glad you enjoyed the video and could take something from it. That is a shame you got the lens with an incompatible body :(. Maybe when you upgrade you’ll have more of a fun time with the lens :). I am shooting with a D300s. I’m actually a Canon shooter, but I keep some Nikon gear kicking around just for fun haha. Anyhow, I hope you can find your self another body one of these days, or the new 50mm 1.4G :).

      Thanks, Rob

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