I am buying a D600 and I want to buy a 50mm lens to go with. I am a bit overwhelmed with the Nikon offerings in this category. Below are the (as you all know) lenses:
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
What I do know:
All lenses are compatible with the D600
AF-S is the silent wave motor
D is for distance information
G is for no aperture ring
I like the 1.8G because it has an aspherical lens, “better” optics (per reviews), and better bohka (per reviews). What lens is your favorite for the D600??? What am I missing? I am sure this question has been asked before…
P.S. I like to shoot night city scapes and street shots
Note* aspherical does not equal Better - just that they used a aspherical element instead of more complex and expensive lens elements to achieve the same result.
In all, if you are stretching funds or passing on buying something for the 1.4, I would just go with the 1.8.
The only lens you asked about that I would skip is the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D - it's the least sharp and has the most optical issues out of all of them, and the oldest as well.
Myself I got the 1.8G. I figured I would make up any low-light conditions with ISO, so didn't pay more for the 1.4G. I looked at the 1.8D, but felt the bokeh was not as smooth as the 1.8G, you could see rings around points on the 1.8D. Just my opinion. Happy lens shopping!
As the cost is usually a factor, I think the 1.4 D is an excellent value. I would not recommend the Zeiss unless you are very good at manual focusing a camera and have excellent eyes.
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