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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

Comparison — Mosaic

This comparison is at near-infinity focus. Close-up performance can be very different, depending on lens design.For example, the Zeiss ZF 50/1.4 Planar is not optimized for close-up, and while it may be desirable for portraiture at close range, it won’t win sharpness contests there.


It is very difficult to compare f/1.4 lenses due to the ambiguous focus at f/1.4 (smearing caused by spherical aberration), the varying focus shift, and the varying field curvature. Not to mention that peak contrast (MTF) can be different for high vs low frequency detail. Field shots are ultimately the best way to test any lens; real images integrate all factors. See the examples.

Three other A/B trials were made at closer range, but all proved disjoint because of these factors, in spite of using Live View for focus matching. The trial shown on this page is the most successful comparison, and appears to have very close match in focus at f/1.4, based on examining the foreground and top of the image (the camera was pointed slightly up, intentionally to allow detection of fore/back focus error). All focusing was done with Live View at f/1.4.

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