DoF with Nikon 50mm f/1.4

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The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 is compact and light weight which makes it ideal for travel. Its maximum aperture of f/1.4 is handy when it comes to low light. It is also a very capable lens for full body portraits.

The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 can create interesting images with very shallow Depth of Field (DoF). At the minimum focus distance of 0.45m and aperture f/1.4,  the Depth of Field (DoF) is only 0.6cm. Nikon announced the AF-S 50mm in 2008 superseding the AF-D model introduced since 1995.

I think everyone should either have a 50mm f/1.8 or this in their lens line up. It is light weight, fast and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg like the 24mm f/1.4. It also helps you to develop a habit of moving around when taking your shots.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D

Release 2008 Release 1995

Lens (Elements) 8

Lens (Elements) 7

Lens (Groups) 7

Lens (Groups) 6

Diaphragm Blades 9

Diaphragm Blades 7

AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes

AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) No

Focus Mode Auto, Manual, Manual/Auto

Focus Mode Auto, Manual

Filter Size 58mm

Filter Size 52mm

Dimensions (Approx.)2.9×2.1 in. (Diameter x Length)

73.5×54.2mm (Diameter x Length)

Dimensions (Approx.)2.5×1.7 in. (Diameter x Length)

64.5×42.5mm (Diameter x Length)

Weight (Approx.)9.9 oz. (280g)

Weight (Approx.)8.1 oz. (230g)


Here are some creative images from the Nikon 50mm f/1.4

@ f/2, focus distance 450mm, DOF =0.9cm

Being left alone

@ f/2.8, focus distance 600mm, DOF =2.22cm

Left hanging

@ f/1.8, focus distance 450mm, DOF =0.78cm

Dropping one by one

@ f/2, focus distance 1.7m, DOF =13.5cm

A silent breeze

@ f/1.4, focus distance 450mm, DOF =0.60cm (Minimum DOF)

It's Autumn


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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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