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Old 02-05-2009, 00:09   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon 50mm f1.8 upgrade.

I,m thinking of upgrading from my Nikon 50mm 1.8 to the 1.4; I'm wondering if the extra performance of the 1.4 is really worth the expense. Anybody with experience of both ? I would appreciate your opinions.
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8 upgrade.

I have had both and i sold the 1.8 and now obviously only have the 1.4 . So far i havent seen a great deal of difference however the images with the 1.4 in low light do appear marginally better. I dont have any real regrets.
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Keep your money in your pocket!
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8 upgrade.

If your money is precious to you I'd stick with the 1.8 unless you do a lot of low light shooting where that extra stop really matters.

Think back and figure how many photos you have been unable to get with the 1.8 where the 1.4 would really make a difference. And then, could you spend the F1.4 50mm money on another piece of gear that would do more for you than a marginal improvement on a lens you already have.

Therein lies the reason why I still have my F1.8. I haven't been able to justify the expense despite wanting the more expensive one.
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8 upgrade.

The new 1.4G is marginally better across the board and much better under F2.0, the old 1.4D was only slightly better when wide open and actually fell behind after F2.5. But they are all cracking lenses when it comes to quality. The only reason to get the new 1.4 is for the image improvements wide open, the quieter focusing, and the marginally improved Bokeh. I doubt it is worth the extra money for most including me but none the less I still have a 1.4G and 1.4D.
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Re: Nikon 50mm f1.8 upgrade.

Thanks for all the imput folks!
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