Saying that, I still decided to get hold of a decent Nikon lens to see what the whole fuss is about.
Well, to start with, the lens is really nicely built. Weird thing is that my lens doesn’t look the same as all the other Nikon 50mm f/1.4s I found on internet. My one has 3 lines on the focus ring, just like Nikon 50mm 1.2 and unlike all the other 50mm f/1.4s I’ve seen, which have 2 (see the pictures below). Very weird, if someone could demystify this, that would be great. My 50mm actually looks nicer than the other Nikon 50mm f/1.4s I found (not in my picture though, so I’m not 100% the build quality and the optics are exactly the same. If I had too much money I would buy another 50mm and compare them, but I’ll just go with the copy I have. The focus ring on this lens feels really nice, it is smooth and easy to turn, but not loose.
If you are already a Nikon lens user and you don’t have a 50mm yet, this lens is definitely worth looking at. It is nowhere as cheap as some other lenses I already tested, but it is f/1.4 and it’s Nikon which pushes the price even higher.
At this point I would give it 4.5 out of 5, just because of it’s price, which is not incredible value for money. Otherwise it would be a 5, especially if you are a Nikon lens user.
If you are going to use it on a Canon DSLR, make sure to buy a decent adapter, because the cheap one I bought on Ebay has play and ruins the good feel of this lens.