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    I know there is thread for AF-S 58mm, Otus, Sigma Art, but some CSers still not so sure which the best nifty fifty prime lens to choose for their Nikon SLR.
    Lets have the Battle Royal to become KING of nifty fifty prime lens !
    (Kindly note that this is not a thread for pro-wrestling match)

    Let the pictures speak for themselves !

    NIKKOR tag-team
    1. AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G (2013 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 9 elements / 6 groups, 2 aspherical elements, Nano Coating & Super Integrated Coating
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.58m
    Filter thread: 72mm
    Weight: 385 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from photographylife
    Link 2: high-resolution IMAGES from photographylife
    Link 3: IMAGES by Nikon Df with Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
    Link 4: IMAGES by Nikon D800E with Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G from diglloyd
    Link 5: IMAGES from Sam Hurd
    Link 6: IMAGES from samobeid
    Link 7: IMAGES from BH

    2. AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (SE) (2011 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups, 1 aspherical element, Super Integrated Coating
    Number of diaphragm blades: 7
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 58mm
    Weight: 185 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from photographylife
    Link 2: wedding-photography IMAGES from photographylife

    3. NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AI-S (1978 - Today for AI-S version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.50m
    Filter thread: 52mm
    Weight: 380 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from photographylife
    Link 2: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    4. NIKKOR 55mm f/1.2 AI (there is no AI-S version) (1977 - 1978 for AI version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 5 groups
    Number of diaphragm blades: 7
    Minimum focus: 0.50m
    Filter thread: 52mm
    Weight: 410 g
    Link: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    5. NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 AI-S (1982 - 1997 for AI-S version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups, 1 aspherical element
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.50m
    Filter thread: 52mm
    Weight: 465 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from mingthein
    Link 2: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    6. AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G (2008 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 8 elements / 7 groups, Super Integrated Coating
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 58mm
    Weight: 290 g
    Link: IMAGES from photographylife

    7. AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (2002 - Today for AF-D version)
    Lens Construction: 6 elements / 5 groups, Super Integrated Coating
    Number of diaphragm blades: 7
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 52mm
    Weight: 155 g
    Link: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    8. AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D (1995 - Today for AF-D version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups, Super Integrated Coating
    Number of diaphragm blades: 7
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 52mm
    Weight: 230 g
    Link: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    ZEISS tag-team
    1. Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* ZF.2 (2013 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 12 elements / 10 groups, 1 ED glass element, 6 aspherical elements
    Number of diaphragm blades: not specified by Zeiss
    Minimum focus: 0.50m
    Filter thread: 77mm
    Weight: 970 g
    Link 1: IMAGES by Nikon D800E with Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Otus ZF.2 from diglloyd
    Link 2: IMAGES by Nikon D800 with Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Otus ZF.2 from phoblographer

    2. Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 (2009 - Today for ZF.2 version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 58mm
    Weight: 350 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from ZE version (quite similar to ZF.2)from phoblographer
    Link 2: IMAGES from ZF/ZE (quite similar to ZF.2)from diglloyd
    Link 3: IMAGES from ZF/ZE (quite similar to ZF.2)from pixel peeper

    SIGMA tag-team
    1. Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Nikon (2014 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 13 elements / 8 groups, SLD glass elements, 1 aspherical element
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.40m
    Filter thread: 77mm
    Weight: 470 g
    Images are TBA

    2. Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (non Art) for Nikon (2008 - Today)
    Lens Construction: 8 elements / 6 groups, 1 aspherical element
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 77mm
    Weight: 505 g
    Link 1: IMAGES by Nikon D3 with Sigma 50mm f/1.4 from betterfamilyphotos
    Link 2: IMAGES from pixel peeper

    Voigtländer tag-team (single fighter)
    1. Voigtländer Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL II for Nikon (2012 - Today for SL II version)
    Lens Construction: 7 elements / 6 groups
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.45m
    Filter thread: 58mm
    Weight: 320 g
    Link 1: IMAGES from fredmiranda
    Link 2: IMAGES by Nikon Df with CV 58 f/1.4 SL-II and CV 28 f/2.8 Color Skopar SL-II from Steve Huff

    Guest Star is Leica Summilux M lens
    1. Leica 50 Summliux f/1.4 ASPH for Leica M (2004 - Today for ASPH version)
    Lens Construction: 8 elements / 5 groups, 1 aspherical element
    Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    Minimum focus: 0.7m
    Filter thread: 46mm
    Weight: 335 g (light weight black version)
    Link 1: IMAGES from Steve Huff
    Link 2: IMAGES from Tom Grill

    There are many Nikkor 50mm manual focus lenses, so I will concentrate only on Nikkor f/1.2 manual focus lenses. Guest star is Leica Summilux M lens !

    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (SE), is the best Auto Focus nifty fifty lens for value. If you purchased together with Nikon Df, this 50 f/1.8G SE was even cheaper !)
    Last edited by jeff7id; 8th March 2014 at 10:50 AM.
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    In the end. $$ is king la.

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    The most $$$ Nikkor nifty fifty lens is
    NIKON NIKKOR-N 50mm f/1.1 NIPPON KOGAKU, for USD 31,399.00
    http://m.ebay.com/itm/281165790951?nav=SEARCH&sbk=1
    But I will not get it. Most $$$ is not always the best
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    I think Nikkor team still have the "D" gang wor like 50 1.4D & 50 1.8D

    ...And not forgetting their Goddess (58/1.2 Noct. Nikkor).

    FIGHT!

    Heehee!
    Last edited by cactibin; 8th January 2014 at 08:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    The most $$$ Nikkor nifty fifty lens is
    NIKON NIKKOR-N 50mm f/1.1 NIPPON KOGAKU, for USD 31,399.00
    http://m.ebay.com/itm/281165790951?nav=SEARCH&sbk=1
    But I will not get it. Most $$$ is not always the best
    Something to match yours...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mint-in-box-...item417b254b9b

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    NIKKOR tag-team
    1. AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
    Link: IMAGES
    2. AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (SE)
    Link: IMAGES
    3. NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
    Link: IMAGES
    Why only those 3 Nikkor lenses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    His sidekick, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (SE), is the best 50 mm lens for value. If you purchased together with Nikon Df, this 50 f/1.8G SE was even cheaper !)
    Where is the 50mm f1.8D? That is even more a 'lens-for-value'! Pocket-sized, quality comparable to its bigger 50 f1.8G version! And image quality is so sharp and clear that only bokeh quality tells them apart!

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    OTUS or the new Sigma for me... OTUS is amazzzzzing... But Ive placed my order for the Sigma with my normal dealer here.
    See my WTS items.. :) Any sales is by meet up face to face, payment is cash only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dfive View Post
    OTUS or the new Sigma for me... OTUS is amazzzzzing... But Ive placed my order for the Sigma with my normal dealer here.
    Buy Buy Buy! Then please post the pictures taken at here
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactibin View Post
    I think Nikkor team still have the "D" gang wor like 50 1.4D & 50 1.8D

    ...And not forgetting their Goddess (58/1.2 Noct. Nikkor).

    FIGHT!

    Heehee!
    Quote Originally Posted by ageha View Post
    Why only those 3 Nikkor lenses?
    Quote Originally Posted by enenyi View Post
    Where is the 50mm f1.8D? That is even more a 'lens-for-value'! Pocket-sized, quality comparable to its bigger 50 f1.8G version! And image quality is so sharp and clear that only bokeh quality tells them apart!
    Please be patient, Brothers :-)
    Last edited by jeff7id; 10th January 2014 at 11:13 PM.
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    Jeff,
    Good compilation. NSC has a demo set. I've tried to shoot some sample shots..not the best sample shots..but the last one did convince me it was a good lens... I am wondering if anyone will be selling any used set soon. not enough cash for new one.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5107012&type=1
    btw, i do not know this guy, sorry for taking your pic if you happen to be in CS. this pic is a bit out of focus.

    Cheers,
    Akuma

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    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D were added !
    NIKON D90 (2008-2010), D700 (2010-2012), D800 (2012-2014), DF (Dec 2013-Sep 2017)

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    Updated with Lenses specifications !
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    A nice picture showing comparison between Voigtlander 58 f/1.4 vs Zeiss 50 f/1.4
    The quick test was done at f2.0

    Image courtesy to Lotusm50
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurboiboi View Post
    Seriously considering. However the new Nikon 58mm F1.4 is said to be sharper than this old but good lens and cheaper with AF. Hmmm...
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    For you Guys who are considering among Nikon AF-S 58 1.4 vs Nikon AI-S 58 1.2 vs Sigma 50 1.4 (non Art)

    For my personal taste, I prefer AF-S 58 1.4 than the other two lenses, because it is so sharp in the center !!
    Can you notice lot of pimples on her face in the photo taken by AF-S 58 1.4?

    Image courtesy to Sam Hurd

    Nikon AF-S 58 1.4


    Nikon AI-S 58 1.2


    Sigma 50 1.4 (non Art)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    For you Guys who are considering among Nikon AF-S 58 1.4 vs Nikon AI-S 58 1.2 vs Sigma 50 1.4 (non Art) For my personal taste, I prefer AF-S 58 1.4 than the other two lenses, because it is so sharp in the center !! Can you notice lot of pimples on her face in the photo taken by AF-S 58 1.4? Image courtesy to Sam Hurd Nikon AF-S 58 1.4 Nikon AI-S 58 1.2 Sigma 50 1.4 (non Art)
    Nice! Yeah the 58/1.4 seems to be a tad sharper than the rest. <3

    Did you notice that the Bokeh balls in the Sigma is almost totally round whereas the two Nikon versions are elliptical in shape? The round balls look more pleasing to me. Really looking forward to the new Art 50mm from Sigma! Will wait for that before making a final decision. Think will pass on the Noct-Nikkor. The price for that can probably pay for the 58/1.4 plus Sigma Art 50mm and have some extra I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Far far away View Post
    Nice! Yeah the 58/1.4 seems to be a tad sharper than the rest. <3

    Did you notice that the Bokeh balls in the Sigma is almost totally round whereas the two Nikon versions are elliptical in shape? The round balls look more pleasing to me. Really looking forward to the new Art 50mm from Sigma! Will wait for that before making a final decision. Think will pass on the Noct-Nikkor. The price for that can probably pay for the 58/1.4 plus Sigma Art 50mm and have some extra I think.
    Actually for skin tone, I prefer color from AI-S 58 f/1.2
    What do you think about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Actually for skin tone, I prefer color from AI-S 58 f/1.2 What do you think about it?
    That is a tad pale for my liking. I prefer the AFS 58/1.4 drawing although it is a bit too yellow for my liking. Subjective lah this sort of liking. Haha..
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