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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:08 pm 
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Hello
I am getting a Nikon D300.
I want to get a 50mm lens for it. I have been reading up on different ones and there are many to choose from!
Ive noticed the sigma f/1.4 and the nikon f/1.4d and f/1.4 g are all very popular.

Can anyone give me some adivce/sample pics on which ones they have used and recommend?

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I can only speak from what I've heard.
The 50mm f/1.8from nikkor has great glass quality and comes for a great price. Still it lacks built in af motor, which means that the af motor in the d300 has to be used, making af a bit slower.
The 50 mm f/1.4 AF-S G is a great lens, and should be just as good as the old f/1.8 lens mentioned above. Still it is much more expensive, with the main advantage of a built in af motor, making af very fast, and this certainly suits you if you want to take pictures of lets say moving objects. it also has a little bit bigger aperture.
If model photography or "non moving object" photography is the main reason you buy it, go for the 50 mm f/1.8 AF.
Can't say much about the sigma.

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I pretty much have my mind set to get the nikon 50mm 1.4.
Its now which one - the d or the g?
The price is not much of and issue for me - about $150 AUD difference, but Ive read mixed reveiws saying one takes better pictures than the other, also the d has the aperture ring whereas the g does not.


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Do look for full frame compatibility too ;)

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we have the 50mm f 1.8 and we dont see any reason for spending the extra cash on the 1.4 the depth of field is shallow enough and it is tack sharp

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I just recently bought the 50mm f/1.4G and although I've only used it a bit so far it is a very nice lens.

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From what I have read, the performance of the Nikon lenses is very similar - choice would probably be made on other criteria.

With the built-in motor, the 1.4G would be a more certain investment for the future - we don't know what Nikon's philosophy on body motors will be in a couple of years' time. Their new lenses seem to be just about all AFS, so maybe that's a hint.

Frankly, I bought the 50/1.8D because it was a good lens and inexpensive - the 1.4D was too expensive for a lens with only moderate use likely and possible future compatibility problems. Otherwise it would have been the 1.4G.

You may want a full-frame body at some stage, and the 1.4G would be the best bet for compatibility, with the 1.8D for price (it cost little enough that I wouldn't mind buying an AFS lens in a couple of years if that's what I needed to do).

I haven't used (or even seen) the Sigma, but the tests say that it is a rather large lens, and I must say that, with the 50/1.8D my D90 is a pleasantly light package.

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The 50 1.4G is NOT faster to focus than the 50 1.4D or 1.8D. Do a search on the net and you'll see all the forum threads that talk about this. The 50 1.4G is meant to be sharper wide open on full frame compared to the 50 1.4D. It's up to you.

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The aperture ring is made redundant by electronic aperture control but your D300 still allows manual control from the lens itself, if you really want this (not much use IMO) then get the 50 f/1.4D. The G is a newer and better quality lens, I would get that.

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grahamnp wrote:
The aperture ring is made redundant by electronic aperture control but your D300 still allows manual control from the lens itself, if you really want this (not much use IMO) then get the 50 f/1.4D. The G is a newer and better quality lens, I would get that.


I can also aggree that tha aperture ring on the lens is a bit pointless on the D300. I've used it on my 35mm F2D and D700 just to have a go, but it really does feel pretty cheap and plasticy.

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Ah, I always thought my 50 f/1.8s aperture ring felt cheap too. I just assumed that the better lenses would have a better feel sorta like the MF rings on higher quality glass.

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