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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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You Pay: $131.95

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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
UPC: 018208021376
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 2097 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1552)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (494)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (1703)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1560)
    • Consistent output (1134)
    • Easily interchangeable (1026)
    • Durable (681)

    Cons

    • Tough to attach (162)
    • Weak casing (149)
    • Slow focus (126)
    • Blurry focus (46)
    • Difficult to clean (19)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (1001)
    • Night photography (845)
    • Weddings (608)
    • Landscape/scenery (468)
    • General purpose (461)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (581), Semi-pro photographer (363), Enthusiast (334), Casual photographer (229), Semi-professional (146)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (988), Yes (84)

    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

     

    Great Images but has loud motor and does not mount easily

    I use this product for street/event photography and have been happy with the image quality so far. I've been shooting with this since May and only have a complaints. First, the auto-focus...Read complete review

    I use this product for street/event photography and have been happy with the image quality so far. I've been shooting with this since May and only have a complaints. First, the auto-focus motor is really loud on this thing. Second, you really have to push this into your frame hard in order to get it securely attached. I had this thing fall off of my Nikon D7200 frame twice and have been pretty obsessive about mounting since.

    Honestly, if you've got a little extra cash, I would go with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens.

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    5.0

    B & H is the best!

    By MargieR

    from Morgan Hill CA

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

    I received this new product in perfect condition and faster than expected. It is perfect.

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Doug

    from Merrimack

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

    Nice sharp focus.

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    4.0

    Great lens for the price

    By JPAPhoto

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Tough To Attach
    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

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

      Great for people starting out who want to take quality portraits with better depth of field. Slightly difficult to attach.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Its perfect

      By Bob5499

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          Just what I needed, perfect in low light

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love it...

          By Ron

          from Wilmington De

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

          Really pleased with lens. Used it at Longwood Gardens Christmas show indoors and outdoors was very pleased. Started at 7 pm no flash.

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          5.0

          Sharp!

          By theeleven

          from South Bend, IN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

          Look at how sharp this thing is!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Sharp glass, but China plastic.

          By RaGa

          from Orlando Florida

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast F 18
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • China Plastic
          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography

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

          Same with this lens ,as same with modern Nikkors....excellent glass, like the 1970s and 80s Nikkors, BUT FULL OF PLASTIC and worst of all...Made in China. That is why I possess the 50mmF1.4 AIS and 50F1.8 AIS with more metal to it. I have lots of trouble just to order one of this and the 50mmF1.8G is even worst. That is why, I look around at B and H used department for those old Nikkors...sorry, I hate plastic...

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          5.0

          nice lens for not much money

          By joer

          from northern illinois

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

          Sharp, light and a pleasure to use

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great Images but has loud motor and does not mount easily

          By ProfessorX31

          from Laurel, MD

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Focus
          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Street photography
          • Video

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

          I use this product for street/event photography and have been happy with the image quality so far. I've been shooting with this since May and only have a complaints. First, the auto-focus motor is really loud on this thing. Second, you really have to push this into your frame hard in order to get it securely attached. I had this thing fall off of my Nikon D7200 frame twice and have been pretty obsessive about mounting since.

          Honestly, if you've got a little extra cash, I would go with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Rachel

          from PA

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

          Perfect for indoor shoots like wedding receptions and portraits.

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Broker_peters

          from North jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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

          As basic as you can get...super sharp, if you stop down a bit...what is not to like? For the price, picture quality is fantastic.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By photo guy

          from planet earth

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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

          My first lens was the 1.4G and I loved it. But when I bought other lenses I stopped using my 1.4G. Compared to
          a lot of the 2.8 zooms, it just didn't knock me out.
          After reading strong reviews for the 50mm 1.8D I thought for such a low price it was worth a try. And now I have sold the 50mm 1.4G and I am thrilled to have the 50mm 1.8D in its place.

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          5.0

          Nice Lens

          By Hawley87

          from Mojave, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            It's very sharp, focuses fast, works good in low light, and a good price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great recommendation

            By Spike

            from Western Massachusetts

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

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

              I use this lens for portrait and landscape shots with excellent results. A light,fast prime lens that produces beatiful images and nice bokeh.

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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By Jeremiah

              from San Antonio, Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                Great compact lens at great price!

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                5.0

                Excellent product

                By ANAND SAFI

                from JERSEY CITY, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

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

                Great value for money. High quality. Super buy!

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                4.0

                AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

                By Macgreg

                from McMinnville,Oregon

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  For the price you can't beat this lens.On a Nikon 610,its fast and crisp.Really nice prime

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                  5.0

                  Better than the 1.8G

                  By MichiganShutterbug

                  from Saginaw, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I have to say I wasn't sure about getting the cheaper of the two "nifty fifties", but this lens hasnt let me down. I like having the aperture ring on the lens as well. Sure it feels a little cheaper, but it has indistinguishable quality from the gelded model (and it's way cheaper and lighter!) arrived right on time, and I would 100% recommend this as part of anyone's kit.

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                  5.0

                  Best bang for your buck

                  By Jordan

                  from Dallas, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

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

                    If you don't own this, or one of the more expensive 50mm versions, then you are missing out. This one is primarily made of plastic. Very cheap feeling, but what did you expect. The photos themselves turn out fantastic. A quick lens and easy go to for portraits.

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                    4.0

                    Good Lense

                    By Jak

                    from Richmond, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I used it all weekend with no issues. I wish it had come with a hood and a good cap for the lens mount side but I like the lens so far. It does make some vignetting but I kinds like that and my photo editing software can correct it if I don't want it.

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                      • Yes

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