Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku review





By: Smari S Smarason

 

This lens suffers from significant coma wide-open – or chromatic aberration, it’s a bit soft at 1.4 and the lens also has a lot of vignetting wide-open, but I really like it, this lens really have a character, the build quality is fantastic and this lens reminds me of Nikon 50mm f/1.2 using it wide-open I love it.

Take pictures like in the old days, no editing and use the pictures straight from the camera, it’s the lens character.

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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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On the back of this Nikkor 50mm S 1.4 lens, the measurements on the glass are the same as the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 lens It is about 3,5 cm or 1 3/8 in, but on the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, AI is only 3,0 cm or 1 3/16 in.

This link will take you to

Nikon 50mm 1.8D vs 1.8G vs 1.4D vs 1.4G

Now if you Google what is soft lenses you can see that soft lenses is a lens flaw, but also there are some lenses that are made especially for soft images wide-open, but this lens is not that soft wide-open that I can be called soft you can get a very sharp picture on 1.4 with this lens.

Now because this lens suffers from significant coma wide-open (which I like) it’s a bit soft at 1.4 (which I like also) and the lens also has a lot of vignetting wide-open which I love, and that’s why I like to use this lens for monochrome shooting with my Nikon D810 and this is the settings I like to use.

Sometimes, I need to just let things go and break all the photography rules just for fun, you can have so much fun using this lens.

If you have this lens and a full frame camera I urge you to try this setting, but the Clarity setting is only on newer Nikon camera body and I think that plays a big role in the softness and that special look that I got from my Nikon D810 and this Nippon lens.

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So for the next 13 images, I used this setting in my camera

In the Monochrome setting

Sharpening 9

Clarity -5

Contrast +2

Brightness +1

Filter effects R

Toning B&W

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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku

The lens sun flare test

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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku

Landscape Photography Lens Test

Now, of course, you can take normal and sharp pictures with this lens just like any other 50mm from Nikon
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku

Bokeh lens test

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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku

long exposure

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Nikon Nikkor – S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm Nippon Kogaku
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Nikon D7000 f/8 ISO 100 30.0 sec

low light lens test

When you use this lens for low light handheld shooting you can get coma flare effect that this lens create, you can see double lights in the street light when the lens is used wide open and also chromatic aberration

as I said before I like all the lens flaw that this lens has its good to have at least one lens that can be different from all the new technology.