The Battle Royal - KING of Nifty Fifty Prime Lens


jeff7id

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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) :thumbsup:
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 :bigeyes:
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 !)
 

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cactibin

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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!
 

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Thoth

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enenyi

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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! :)
 

Dfive

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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. ;)
 

jeff7id

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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. ;)
Buy Buy Buy! Then please post the pictures taken at here :D
 

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jeff7id

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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!
Why only those 3 Nikkor lenses?
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 :)
 

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akuma

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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/?set=a.248349585329349.1073741885.150572965107012&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
 

jeff7id

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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 !
 

jeff7id

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Updated with Lenses specifications !
 

jeff7id

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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
 

jeff7id

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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)
 

Far far away

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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)
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. :think:
 

jeff7id

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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. :think:
Actually for skin tone, I prefer color from AI-S 58 f/1.2
What do you think about it?
 

Far far away

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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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