New Toy: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
Yesterday I broke down and got a new lens...the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens. For a while I have been debating about getting this lens or staying with my 50mm f/1.4D version. After much deliberation and reading countless reviews, I made the jump and I have to say...it was a great decision. I primarily use my 50mm lens in low light or when grabbing detail shots, so most times I'm shooting at or near the maximum aperture of 1.4. The new G version is vastly superior to the old D version because it is much sharper and has less fringing at 1.4. The autofocus is smooth and accurate, albeit a little slower, but for me that was negligible. Another huge plus was the integration of Nikon's silent AF-S motor meaning that in a church I can continue shooting without being a nuisance...something that I couldn't have done with the mechanical whirring noise of the screw-drive motor on the old D version. The new design of this lens also features a screw on lens hood and a new blade design to deliver smooth and creamy bokeh. Seriously, I'm in love – in case you can't tell. I'll be posting some test shots soon, can't wait to use this out in the field!