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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Color Balance Comparison

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.

Whiteboard test

(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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MTF for Nikon 50mm f/1.8G      MTF for Nikon 50mm f/1.8G
Neutral 50/1.8G shows a 50/1.4G with a relative color cast

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