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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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Conclusions

Additional controlled comparisons were made that are not shown in this review. Matching focus and accounting for the varying field curvature characteristics made that a frustrating exercise, but insights were gleaned nonetheless: the Sigma offers very strong performance in the central 1/2 area, falling off outside that, and seems particularly unsuited to shooting near infinity focus. The Nikon 50/1.4G offers the most uniform performance out to the corners. At infinity focus, the Zeiss ZF 50/1.4 offers the best contrast and rendition of subtle tonal detail under difficult lighting, such as dusk.

Compared to its predecessor, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D, the Nikon 50/1.4G offers a higher level of performance, showing a flatter field and superior contrast. The 50/1.4G offers no sharpness excuses, it can justifiably be called an outstanding lens, with the exception of its propensity to massive veiling flare when light strikes the front element at the edge of the frame.

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