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Nikon 50mm 1.4G Review

If you are here to see pretty pictures, feel free to look at the pretty pictures below and then go about your merry day. If you are a photo lover like me, you are in store for a treat! I am going to start reviewing and talking about the lenses that I own and use regularly. Plus, there will be pretty pictures. :)

One of my favorite lenses is the Nikkor 50mm 1.4G.

A 50mm on my full frame Nikon D700, is considered a “normal” lens. That means it is similar to what the eye can see. This used to be my absolute FAVORITE lens. However, I have a new favorite that I will cover soon. ;)

What I love about this lens is:

  • No distortion on the edge of the frame. That’s key when photographing people. I would say this lens is on my camera 75% of the time on a wedding day. (I know what you’re thinking, why is this not your favorite lens if you use it so often!? But, like I said, I’ll cover that soon!)
  • Low-light Awesomesauce. Seriously. I love being able to stop my aperture down to 1.4 and still capturing moments like this:                                  1/50th of a second, f 1.4, ISO 1600 – C & G’s Wedding
  • Lightweight & compact to shoot with. This might seem like a lame reason, but trust me, it’s great. After carrying around a bag of stuff all day on a wedding day, compact & lightweight is my BFF. 99% of my reception coverage comes from this lens.
  • It allows for excellent details, with rich colors & bokeh (a.k.a. blur in the background).

All in all, it’s a great lens. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, professional or not, who wants a lens that performs well in low-light and is easy to travel with. It is a workhorse and I don’t ever want to live without it.

And now, enjoy some pretty pictures I’ve taken with the 50mm 1.4G:

                                           1/250th of a second, f 1.4, ISO 200 – Olivia’s shoes         Left, 1/50th of a second, f 1.4, ISO 2000 – Danielle & Adam’s Wedding; Right, Photographed with my SB900 flash at: 1/200th of a second, f 2.0, ISO 250 – A & L’s Wedding
                                               1/320th of a second, f 1.4, ISO 250 – Kayla & Josh’s Cake

           Left, 1/1250th of a second, f 2.5, ISO 320 – Danielle & Brent’s Wedding; Right, 1/250th of a second, f 3.5, ISO 400 – Jodi & Jarrod’s Wedding

                                               1/2500th of a second, f 2.0, ISO 200 – Lauren & Chris’ Wedding

                                                       1/125th of a second, f 2.0, ISO 1250 – Lauren & Chris’ Wedding


Have a fabulous day,


P.S. This is my personal opinion and experience. This isn’t the be-all-end-all of lens reviews. ;) 

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