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Nikon 50 1.8G lens sluggish
Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 10:22 AM on 02.12.12
->> Hey gang, I bought a 50 1.8G lens to use in dimly lit gymnasiums. This is the newest version, very similar to the 1.4G version. The images it renders are reasonably sharp and I haven't a complaint about its quality. But the focusing is another story. It seems very sluggish and in continuous tracking, does a poor job unlike other Nikon lenses I've owned, especially "S" versions.

Has anyone else experienced this? Did I get a bad copy? Or is it just the nature of the lens? I'm using it on a D700 body. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Chris Russick, Photographer, Assistant
St. Petersburg/ Krakow PL | FL | USA | Posted: 11:38 AM on 02.12.12
->> The silent wave motor focuses more quickly thank those without. Also, the D3 series bodies will focus more quickly than the Dx00 series cameras and below. Sounds like you received a good copy, you're just comparing to lenses with better motors.
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Mark Kauzlarich, Photo Editor, Student/Intern
Madison | WI | | Posted: 2:30 PM on 02.12.12
->> The lens that he has is an AF-S version (the new version of the "nifty fifty"), so under ideal circumstances, it should be a horse a piece if everything else remains the same. He never mentioned using a different lens on a D3, or that he was comparing to lenses with better motors. It has the silent wave motor, so we can throw that issue out.

That being said, maybe everything else isn't the same. I'm thinking that shooting wide open at 1.8 vs 2.8 is slightly confusing the focus about where to lock on to, especially if your field of view is cluttered with things that are slightly closer or far away. I'm not sure though, unless I played with it myself.

I would take it in to your local camera shop and see if they can replicate the issues. Not much we can do over the internet to diagnose, unless other people have had similar issues.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 6:25 PM on 02.12.12
->> Jeff,

I'm not much of a gear aficionado, but I've owned and used both the 50mm f/1.4G and the 50mm f/1.8G and I found them to be pretty much identical in terms of AF speed, tracking ability and overall image quality.

I currently have the 1.4G and I can ship it to you later this week if you'd like to compare them side by side to see if yours might be having an issue.

Just let me know.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 7:07 PM on 02.12.12
->> The sigma 50 1.4 is better in pretty much every way...including af speed. Pretty heavily documented as such. Most folks I've seen compare end up with the siggy in their bag. Same story on the 85's as well. I love oem lenses...but the siggys are better on both of these.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 7:12 PM on 02.12.12
->> Brad is right, the AF speed on the Sigma f/1.4 I tried the other day was crazy fast and accurate, so if yours does end up being a dud and you return it then you may want to take his advice and try the Sigma. If you're shooting sports with a 50mm, Brad's advice is spot on because that particular Sigma will make you rethink aftermarket glass.
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Octavian Cantilli, Photographer, Assistant
Orlando | FL | United States | Posted: 11:55 PM on 02.12.12
->> Brad and Brian +1. I also feel the same way about the new Sigma 85 f/1.4
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 4:16 PM on 02.13.12
->> Thanks for all your responses. I used another 50 this weekend, a 1.4G version and found it to be sluggish as well, just the nature of the lenses. So maybe I'll look at the Sigma as was suggested. Thanks for your responses. Jeff
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