Nikon was responsible for the first 50mm f/1.4 back in 1950, and has continued to produce amazing updates ever since...
This version is no exception, with fantastic sharpness at the widest f/1.4 aperture, and the build quality, while mostly plastic, feels solid due to its compact size and weight (280g).
The lens features an SWM (Silent Wave Motor) to keep autofocusing noise down to near-silent. The AF performance is impressive too, which is needed considering f/1.4 only gives you very shallow depth-of-field. At the centre, images are extremely sharp at the widest aperture, and stay that way throughout the range.
Corner sharpness is also excellent and excels from f/4, as does vignetting, which is noticeable when shooting wide-open. There is a touch of barrel distortion, though that can easily be fixed in editing. The bokeh (out-of-focus area) is extremely pleasing and smooth, thanks to the 9 rounded diaphragm blades, and achieving background blur is very easy given the f/1.4 aperture.
Max aperture: f/1.4
Min aperture: f/16
Min focusing distance: 45cm