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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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    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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    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
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  4. #4
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    I love my F/1.8 G. Its my go to lens, I have no desire to go after the f/1.4

  5. #5
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    For myself the short answer is no. No compelling reason. You should look at the mir site maybe even KR and brush up on all the Nikkor 50 s. One last thing I will say about what you are pondering OP...the screw drive on the 50 D is blazing fast.

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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSpike113 View Post
    I love my F/1.8 G. Its my go to lens, I have no desire to go after the f/1.4
    Two thirds of a stop is not much and never has been really in the grand scheme of things.
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    I love my 50mm D lens. It doesn't take up any space in the bottom of my bag and it's always there when I need it. Usually, never. Plus if I ever lose it, I can always get one for under a hundred bucks.
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    Both the 50 1.8D and 1.8G and good lenses. The G version has rounder blades so bokeh will end up looking smoother and rounder in comparison. The sharpness I would say will also go the the G version. Not taking anything away from the D version, but I find it slightly crisper. The D version does get bonus points for being inexpensive and will work with any body that has a built in motor.

    Me myself though.... I have the 50 1.8D, 50 1.4G, 50 1.8 Pancake, and classic 50 1.4 mf.... and the 50 1.4G is always in my bag.
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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    I've had nearly all of the 50s at one time or another. The 50 1.4 D was my favourite (just something really nice about it's rendering), that was until I got the 58 1.4....

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    Re: 50mm prime lenses

    FWIW, my Tamron 18-50mm f/2.8 is sharper than my 50MM f/1.8D at wider apertures, and is pretty much just as good at smaller apertures. I have never owned any of the other Nikkor 50mm lenses, so this may not be much help to answering your question.

    Edit: I meant 17-50mm.
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