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50mm f1.4 AF-D vs 50mm F1.4 AF

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by oz388, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. oz388

    oz388

    50
    Aug 8, 2008
    calgary
    Hi guys, I'm wondering how much different are f1.4D AF and non-D AF version lenses compared each other on a DSLR camera? I know the non-D version is producted around 90s, it looks very old to me. So can I assume the build and proform quality of f1.4D is a lot better than the non-D version?? And how much a non-D version cost today??

    Thanks!
     
  2. powaq

    powaq

    130
    May 2, 2008
    Belgium
    They are optically exactly the same. The only difference is the D-function and some minor changes to the casing (like the aperture lock).

    I had a non-D 1.4 but I sold it because of serious focus errors on my D70S. Waiting for the mythical 1.4 AF-S now..
     
  3. oz388

    oz388

    50
    Aug 8, 2008
    calgary
    So the non-D version will have focusing problem on DSLR?? How much did you sold it for? Thanks!
     
  4. jbacc

    jbacc

    300
    Apr 1, 2006
    United States

    I do not have a 50mm non D lens, but I do have a few other Nikon AF non D lenses. I have never had a problem with them on any of my cameras. In fact, I honestly have never noticed any difference between the D and non D versions. IMHO, you won't either.

    Joe...
     
  5. I had a non-D version of the 50 1.4 and it focused and worked 100% on my D50.
     
  6. rvink

    rvink

    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    The "D" lens transmits the focus distance to the camera. This is sometimes useful for flash photography where the distance to the subject is used for calculating the power of flash required. For non-flash photography I doubt it makes much difference.
     
  7. powaq

    powaq

    130
    May 2, 2008
    Belgium
    Not necessarily. MY copy had focussing errors which were probably caused by the D70S (altough all my other lenses focussed properly). The lens worked flawlessly on my F5.
    I sold it for around €100 to a shop just to get rid of it.

    Still thinking about getting a 1.4 AFD or waiting till photokina. I'm slowly rebuilding my primes collection again.
     
  8. oz388

    oz388

    50
    Aug 8, 2008
    calgary
    Thanks guys! I found a local guy who is asking for $180USD for his AF non-D f1.4 lens. Do you guys think it's a good deal considering the lens must be near 20years old?! (I had a f1.4 AF-D but I sold it for $240, now I miss it!)
     
  9. gvg45

    gvg45

    314
    Jun 16, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca.
    $180 sounds like a fair price if the lens is in good condition, however there is a new 50 f/1.4 AF-S due out in September....:smile:

    http://www.technologically.net/
     
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