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I’m giving you my recommendation on the Nikon 50mm 1.8G vs 50mm 1.8D vs 1.4G vs 1.4D lenses.
I have used all those lenses for more than five years on many of my Nikon DSLR cameras, I think I can easily recommend those lenses to those who are not yet determined what lens to buy.
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The Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.8G and the Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.4G can autofocus with Nikon D3000 – D3500 and D5000 – D5600 and many other modern Nikon DSLR cameras.
The Nikon 50mm AF 1.8D and the 50mm AF 1.4D can NOT autofocus with Nikon D3000 – D3500 and D5000 – D5600 cameras
Nikon AF lenses can autofocus with all Nikon cameras that have a built-in autofocus motor.
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The Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.8G is for multi-purpose photography and the best choice, in my opinion,
So many people have the Nikon D3000 – D3500 and D5000 – D5300 cameras and this lens can autofocus with those cameras.
This lens is very sharp.
And if you move into the Nikon Z system later, you will have full support with the FTZ mount adapter.
The Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.4G is for professional photographers.
This lens has nine aperture blades and a much longer focus throw.
The Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens is very sharp from f/2.2 and down.
I have always found this lens to nail autofocus faster and better than the others Nikon 50mm, just a little bit though.
The Nikon 50mm AF 1.8D is for multi-purpose photography.
The Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens is especially good for long exposure @ f/8 – f/11 This lens produces a beautiful starburst.
This lens is also good for still life photography because of Distortion of 0.1%.
This lens can flare when pointed to bright light.
The Nikon 50mm AF 1.4D would be my choice for shooting video in low light @ f/2 and down.
This lens is unusable wide open @ f/1.4 in my opinion.