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  1. #1
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    50mm prime lenses

    Hi all.

    I currently have a 50mm f/1.8D. Is there any compelling reason to replace it with a 1.8G or a 1.4G, or would I be better served sticking with the 1.8D?


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  2. #2
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    Short version: Get the 50/1.8G.


    Long version:

    50mm f/1.8D dates back to the low resolution film era. It produces rather low contrast, soft, milky image at larger apertures and pretty ugly busy double-line bokeh at all apertures. Its build quality is also the worst of any Nikkor ever built.

    Nikon's 50mm f/1.8G probably delivers the best overall image quality of any Nikon 50mm lens, it is sharper than 50/1.4G. Nasim Mansurov rates it very high: https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-50mm-f1-8g/

    That said, I don't own any of the aforementioned lenses. I have Nikon's manual focus AIS 50/1.2 and AI 50/1.8 (much better than AIS 50/1.8 which is optically the same as AF 50/1.8D) and has probably the best bokeh of any Nikon 50mm. I also have the neo-Noct 58mm f/1.4G.
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  3. #3
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by daveminnich View Post
    Hi all.

    I currently have a 50mm f/1.8D. Is there any compelling reason to replace it with a 1.8G or a 1.4G, or would I be better served sticking with the 1.8D?
    The main difference between the "D" and "G" variants is the "G" packs its own Auto-focus motor. Not much of a consideration for your D90 since it has its own Auto-focus motor. There are differences in IQ between the "D", "G" and the f/1.4 versions of those lenses, but how significant those differences are, and whether they're worth paying for, is something for you to decide.

    Suggested reading on this topic: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G vs f/1.4G
    Last edited by Horoscope Fish; 03-20-2017 at 06:28 PM.
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