Why chose the 50 f/1.4G over the 1.8G?

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I going to "invest" in a nifty-fifty. Seems like the 50 f/1.8G gets better reviews (and seems better in the samples I've seen online) than the 50 f/1.4G. My question is this - Has anyone chosen the 1.4 over the 1.8 and if so what was your rational. Thanks.
 
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I going to "invest" in a nifty-fifty. Seems like the 50 f/1.8G gets better reviews (and seems better in the samples I've seen online) than the 50 f/1.4G. My question is this - Has anyone chosen the 1.4 over the 1.8 and if so what was your rational. Thanks.

If you must shoot at at 1.4 due to subject isolation and/or low light concerns then the 1.4 might be worth the extra coin, but in all honesty I've gone through several 1.4 G lenses and the 50 1.8 G is much better in terms of focusing and wide open performance. DXo scored the 1.4 G higher than the 1.8 G, but I think they stop down the lenses to achieve their scores.
 
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I have had both and kept the 1.8G. I can't think of a single real world application where the 1.4 would be better.
 
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I had the Sigma 50 1.4, awhile back, but love the Nikkor 50 1.8G even more! Focus is quick and pictures are contrasty, the Sigma was much larger physically and 10% of the time I missed focus with it, the 50 1.8G, is dead on all the time.
 
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At least my copy of the Nikon 50 1.4 was horribly soft wide open even in the center on my D800 (AF fine tune was not the issue). I was shocked at how bad it was after having used it on a D90 and D700 for a couple years. I sold it and went for the 1.8 G which is a huge improvement.
 
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If you need f/1.4, pick up the Sigma. Otherwise, go with the 1.8G.

+1

the 1.8g was sharper wide open than the 1.4g stopped down to f1.8.

and the 1.4g was quite soft wide open, so unless you are going for that "dreamy" or hazy look, it was unusable for me.

sigma 1.4 on the other hand is crazy sharp at the center at 1.4, and the bokeh is in another league in comparison to the nikkors...
 
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This is one of those rare cases where 1+1 = 3, where the slower/cheaper version is more impressive than its faster/more expensive counterpart. I had a 1.4G which had a strong halo/coma and CA when shooting point sources of light. (stopping down did not improve the image) The 1.8G has a clean rendering at all apertures.
 
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The 1.8g is a superb lens, cheaper and better than the 1.4g which really needs replacing with a pro f1.2g(fingers crossed on that one)

Get the 1.8g
 
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I had the D and now the G (1.4) and liked them both a lot.....the D is way smaller and frankly I don't see the diffs except maybe the D AFs faster.
I think this is all nit picking that you will never even see in a pic. Both of my 1.4's were only soft when u missed the focus. 1.4 on FX is razor thin

I'd get a used 1.4D if I was buying now
 
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I had the 1.4G but sold it for the 1.8G, and I couldn't be happier with my decision!
 
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I had the D and now the G (1.4) and liked them both a lot.....the D is way smaller and frankly I don't see the diffs except maybe the D AFs faster.
I think this is all nit picking that you will never even see in a pic. Both of my 1.4's were only soft when u missed the focus. 1.4 on FX is razor thin

I'd get a used 1.4D if I was buying now

Agreed. Even my oldest 50/1.8 AF non-D, which is razor sharp at 4-5.6, at 2,8 is more than acceptable. Image and crop about 300%.
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No, never!! I want you to make exercise for your neck!
And second, I do not know how to on Flickr, please do not LOL!
 

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