At long last, Nikon has finally released the much-rumored AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1.4G celebrating 75 years of NIKKOR lenses.
This lens, replacing the older AF 50mm f1.4D, finally has the faster, quieter SWM (silent wave motor). This means this new lens will support autofocus with all current Nikon DSLR's, including the D40 and D60. It features a rounded, 9-blade diaphragm for better bokeh (out of focus areas of the image), a new optical formula with 8 elements in 7 groups, and a closer minimum focus distance of 1.5 ft.
What doesn't it have? There is no VR (Vibration Reduction), which isn't really a surprise – so far Nikon have not put VR on any of its pro lenses shorter than 70mm. It also doesn't have the infamous nano-coating, instead opting for Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC).
The new lens weighs in at 10.2oz (290g), and has a diameter of 2.9 inches (73.7mm) and length of 2.1 inches (54.2mm). Filter Size is 58mm. It comes complete with HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood, LC-58 Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap and CL-1013 Soft Case.
The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens should be available at the beginning of December 2008 with a MSRP of $439.95.
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