In the course of making an outdoor comparison, I immediately noted a striking difference in both color balance and brightness between the 50/1.8G and the 50/1.4G, which was rather surprising.
My 50mm f/1.4G is one of the originals, purchased when Nikon first released it. It’s possible that Nikon has silently made changes to the lens coatings since then.
(see confirming outdoor test further below)
I confirmed these results using a white panel as shown in the examples below, and I also checked at various apertures and numerous other A/B shots in outdoor lighting.
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