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Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/ FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 22
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 18"
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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The AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens from Nikon is a supremely lightweight lens that offers a f/1.8 maximum aperture for effective low light shooting and shallow depth of field control. A standard 50mm focal length on FX format cameras, it provides a 75mm focal length equivalence when used on DX format Nikon DSLRs.

With a simple and time-tested optical design it weighs in at just 5.5 oz making it a great lens for travel and everyday use. Nikon's Super Integrated Lens Coating improves light transmission, reducing ghosting and flare, and it accepts 52mm filters. An integrated aperture control ring enables manual control of exposure in addition to AE control through the camera body. For programmed auto or shutter-priority auto exposure shooting, use the minimum aperture lock lever to lock the lens aperture at f/22.

Autofocus is not supported by D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, and D5300 cameras--lens may be used with manual focus only. Be sure to check your camera's lens-compatibility information before selecting a new lens.

Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture for sharp low light imaging and effective shallow depth of field control
Lightweight and compact build
Super Integrated Lens Coating reduces flare and ghosting
Built-in aperture control ring
Distance and depth of field scales
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 46°
DX Picture Angle: 31° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 1.5" (6.35 x 3.81 cm)
Weight 5.5 oz (156 g)
Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 2048 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1516)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (485)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (1674)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1541)
    • Consistent output (1116)
    • Easily interchangeable (1009)
    • Durable (668)

    Cons

    • Tough to attach (158)
    • Weak casing (144)
    • Slow focus (124)
    • Blurry focus (45)
    • Difficult to clean (17)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (976)
    • Night photography (832)
    • Weddings (592)
    • General purpose (461)
    • Landscape/scenery (455)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (569), Semi-pro photographer (351), Enthusiast (334), Casual photographer (226), Semi-professional (146)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (954), Yes (83)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    sharp, fast, light, fun

    No matter what type of photography you shoot, every one should own this lens.

    -This lens is SHARP!! at f/4 its as sharp as lenses that cost 15...Read complete review

    No matter what type of photography you shoot, every one should own this lens.

    -This lens is SHARP!! at f/4 its as sharp as lenses that cost 15 times as much. 1.8 is a little soft, but it's great to have for novel shallow DOF/ night/ special effects.

    -the AF is faster then most of my AF-s lenses and just as accurate. It might search a little in really hard situations, but no more than much more expensive lenses.

    -This lens is so light! It is always in my pocket, Always! no matter what I'm doing having a sharp, fast, non-intrusive (it's so small it doesn't scare people, so in most situations I get better images than with the amazing 70-200 because it's HUGE and intimidating)--A lens is only useful if you use it.

    -on a DX (cropped sensor) camera this lens is even more amazing! It is 75mm equivalent; perfect for part body portraits/ street photography. Because DX only uses the center of the frame it's even sharper!

    -there is *no* distortion (perfect for architecture)
    Some coma in the corners and some light falloff at 1.8 on full frame/ 35mm, no biggie. A perfect complement to a distorted, slow walk-around zoom.

    -bokeh(smooth out of focus areas) is good but not amazing
    way better then any cheep zoom though.

    If you're thinking about getting the 1.4: the only reason to spend three or four times as much is that it's sharper at f/1.8. BUT it has more distortion at f/4 than it's cheaper sibling. If you're a pro and need build quality, don't let me stop you, I have one. For every one else, If you have four hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket get a 85 1.8 or the new 60 2.8 AF-s

    -this is still up in the air but the 50mm 1.4 AF-s I tried was no faster then the 1.8. (whoops)

    If you're really hard on your gear I'd say, buy a 52mm Nikon NC filter and Nikon HR-2 rubber hood (or another 50 1.8 for almost the same price)

    bottom line:
    its one of the SHARPEST, FASTEST, LIGHTEST, MOST USEFUL lens money can buy, AND IT'S THE CHEAPEST!!!

    It makes every camera, from a D3x or a F6 to a D50, shine!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    it's sharp but. .

    The 50mm 1.8D lens from Nikon is a pretty sharp lens. The price is obviously VERY nice. It was the first Nikon lens I ever bought when I switched to Nikon several years...Read complete review

    The 50mm 1.8D lens from Nikon is a pretty sharp lens. The price is obviously VERY nice. It was the first Nikon lens I ever bought when I switched to Nikon several years ago. I thought it was a pretty nice lens, but since then, I have purchased the 105mm 2.8G VR Micro-Nikkor, and the 70-200mm 2.8G VRII, and have used the 24-70 and the 14-24 f/2.8G lenses, and I gotta say . . after using those beautiful lenses, you can really see what is wrong with the 50 1.8D. It's definitely sharp, no matter what, but it's bokeh (in my humble opinion) is not very good. Kind of ugly looking. Also, it has a decent amount of distortion and vignettes quite a bit throughout its range. And the absolutely biggest problem with it, is that it's made so incredibly cheaply, that it bends when I grab it to take it off my camera. It's like made of cheap aluminum that bends like it's hollow. And there is no place to safely grab it to pull if off your camera or put it on. It's small and has that darn ridiculous aperture ring that is no longer necessary at all this day and age. And the last horrible thing about it, is it's the only lens I've used that has soo much chromatic aberration that contrasty areas of your photo, zoomed in, almost can't be used. It's nasty. BUT! for $ or $ bucks (or whatever the price is..), I still think you should definitely pick one up if you have a full-frame camera. It's just so cheap and it really is a very sharp lens. No doubt about that. It's tiny, it's cheap, and it's quite sharp. I have seen many, many fantastic photographs taken with it over the years. In magazines and elsewhere. So if you're a decent enough photographer, trust me, you can still use it to make incredible photographs. The speed of it really makes it great in low light as well. That's all. Grab one. Don't grab one. You're probably fine either way.. ; )(oh, I forgot one more bad thing.. (Sorry). It does NOT focus very fast, and it is definitely NOT silent. It has loud, and slow autofucus.

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    5.0

    FAST AND FAST FOCUSING

    By Bob H

    from Gaithersburg, MD

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

      Purchased to use for portraits and to augment the 18-105, f3.5-5.6 kit lens that came with my D7100. Love the added speed and sharpness, and autofocus is very fast despite not being an AF-S lens. Hope to try it with a reversal ring for macro applications (since it has an aperture ring). Versatile, and truly a bargain.

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      5.0

      Great for Night Time Photography

      By D O C

      from Lakeland, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

        I use my 50mm f/1.8 lens for nighttime time lapses and share them on Vemio. Great price for my needs. And I had fast shipping after my purchase. It's all thumbs up.

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        4.0

        Great Cheap Upgrade

        By Lucy Lay

        from Des Moines, IA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

          This was a great upgrade from the kit lens (18-55 mm) if you're not looking to spend a lot of money. The prime lens gives you that quality shallow depth of field without spending hundreds on a zoom lens with a high f-stop. Do be aware that the autofocus is NOT compatible with some Nikon cameras!!

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          5.0

          Awesome Lens and Great Service

          By Photography Enthusiast

          from Indiana

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

            Great first lens! Thank you B&H for great service!!!

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            • No

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            5.0

            best bang for buck

            By stefano

            from Brooklyn NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

              I bought a grey market import for $. The US would have been $, but I felt that such a simple prime may be more durable and have less issues than the non pro zooms.For the price of a couple of polarizer filters you get really a sharp, lightweight lens, It has nice bokeh, contrast and shallow depth of field.I can use it on DX cameras as a 75mm equiv portrait lens, that can be good also for live performances like music and dance where it is possible to get close.I can also use it on the full frame as a regular lens.I prefer to shoot with zooms as I mostly do photojournalism and I have the f:2.8s 17-55mm for DX and 28-70mm for FX, but they are a lot heavier to carry. It is great to have also if you have one of those kit consumer zooms like the 18-105 mm and similar. you can carry this 50mm in the bag as a lightweight and higher quality option when the occasion arises.This does not autofocus on the cheaper DX cameras like the D3000 and D5000 series, for those there is the newer, twice as expensive 50mm that has faster and more silent AF.But for 100 dollars you can not go wrong. great sharp lens, that I may use occasionally, when I need to shoot with 2 cameras,, or when I need to take some available light sharp portraits on a DX camera.

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              5.0

              It does what it is for!

              By Maria

              from Baltimore

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

              I love this very lightweight and cute 50mm lens! It makes sharp and clear pictures! Very good fot macro and wide angle shots!

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              5.0

              Great lens!!

              By Luis

              from Kearny, N.J.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                Most useful for up close pictures!!

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                5.0

                Nice!

                By Shaniece

                from North Carolina

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                Works great!

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                4.0

                Great Lens - Great Price

                By RBee

                from Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean
                • Slow Focus
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                I needed an affordable, fixed. fast-ish lens for low light photography and a shallower depth of field. I am thankful that this exists and it is a very decent, sharp lens. I guess it seems a little flimsy and plastic-y, but photos are what matter.

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                5.0

                amazing

                By shari

                from Nebraska

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                Love it!

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                5.0

                Great lens regardless of price.

                By Adam James

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Price
                • Sharp photos

                Cons

                • Poor build quality
                • Slow Focus
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • General
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                I love this lens. It takes super sharp pictures and works great on my D600. The auto focus is a little slow, and the build quality is kinda lacking, but it's perfect for what I need it for.

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                1.0

                Move On

                By Hoogie

                from Arizona

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Cost

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Purple Spot In Pictures

                Best Uses

                • Paper Weight

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                I wanted a 50mm for landscapes and low light shooting.Before you buy this lens google Nikon 50mm 1.8 purple spot and you will find endless comments on why Nikon should recall this lens. With the lens anywhere near wide open you will end up with a purple spot in the center of your picture. It can be removed but so can Nikon from my camera use.

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Chelsi

                from Oregon

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                This lens is perfect for catching photos of kiddos. They turn out just beautiful! It fit my Nikon D3200 amazingly. Ive had no issues with it.
                It also showed up earlier then expected which was awesome! Thanks so much for an amazing product!

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                5.0

                LOVE

                By Erica

                from PA

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                Debated between this and the 35mm lense. Glad I went with this one!!!

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                5.0

                must have lens!!

                By Andrea Keith

                from Iowa

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                I am a novice at photography, but I love this lens. It gives crystal clear images and works great with my Nikon D5300. this lens has forced me to get to know my camera better in Manual mode. Great buy! Fast shipping too!

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                5.0

                Nice Lens

                By Nukepr

                from Citrus County, Fl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                  I bought this for use on my D7100. At $117 it is a steal. It focuses quickly, and gives very sharp images. On a crop sensor camera, the field of view is just a little wider than an 85mm on a full frame. With the 35mm 1.8 that gives a view almost as wide as a 50mm on a full frame camera, these two lenses cover the mid-range primes at bargain prices. What's not to like.

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                  5.0

                  Nice Lens

                  By R27

                  from Devils Lake ND

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                  I bought this lens to use on older Nikon film cameras that I have and it also works on our Nikon 5200 in the manual focusing mode. Good universal lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great for the price!!!!

                  By TBone1985

                  from Tuscaloosa, AL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    I've been using this lens for some awesome shallow depth of field photos. Definitely worth the price!!!

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Mike

                    from Naperville, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                      I bought this lens for my D3300 knowing it would not auto focus on this camera (which I prefer). The exposure functions all work great. The sharpness of this lens is so much better than the kit lens, it makes this camera really excel. On this camera it shoots like a 75mm lens which i find nice for nature shots between wide andge and macro images.

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                      5.0

                      Great!

                      By Daniela

                      from Valencia, Venezuela

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                        I really like this len, I used it for video and have amazing results.

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