Superior Indoor Sports Photography: the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4
I’ve previously written about the limitations of the Nikon D60: the comparatively poor ISO performance, the limited lens compatibility, and the slow flash-shutter sync. After my first few months with the camera passed, I realized the camera’s limitations; and I became fairly frustrated with my choice. Fortunately, I made a decision that rectified my error: I purchased the AF-S Nikk0r 50mm f/1.4G.
What I learned from my trials is that it is not the quality of the camera that creates a magnificent picture, it is the skill of the photographer combined with the lens that he uses. With the AF-S 50mm f/1.4G I am able to take stunning portraits, low-light street shots, and exciting indoor sports action shots. Any dissatisfaction that I find with my pictures while using this lens is my fault, and it is not the fault of a poorly designed camera or lens.
The power of this lens rests in its gigantic aperature. So much light will hit the sensor of your camera, that the distinctions between 1600 ISO and 3200 ISO cameras begins to disappear.
One serious limitation of this lens is that it has no zoom. I knew this when I purchased it, but when I loan this lens to students it frequently disappoints them. Lack of zoom also means that this lens is not good for distance shots and it probably is not what you need for outdoor action shots. On the other hand, indoor shots in environments that allow you to get close to the subject can be amazing.
There is also a high possibility that casual photographers that use this lens will produce worse pictures than they might with a kit lens. If you don’t carefully correlate the ISO level with the available light or properly adjust the aperture, your pictures will appear fuzzy or overexposed. There is also a high likelyhood that you will accidentally focus on the wrong object. The object that someone is holding may be in focus, but the subject’s face may be blurry. The 50mm f/1.4 is not for someone who wants to point-and-shoot, but rather people that want to constantly tweak their cameras and their photography skills.