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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • Fast f/1.8 Compact FX-Format Prime Lens
  • Beautiful Background Blur (Bokeh)
  • One Aspherical Lens Element
  • Reduced Lens Flare and Ghosting
  • Effective Aberration Correction
  • Fast, Accurate and Quiet Autofocus
  • Quick Switching from AF to MF
  • Compatible With DX Format

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens is an attractive alternative to the classic 50mm f/1.4 "normal" lens for everyday shooting with an FX or 35mm camera. The 50mm f/1.8 is nearly as "fast" as the f/1.4 (just 2/3 stops difference), and provides reduced lens flare and ghosting (plus superior color consistency) through the use of Nikon's Super Integrated Coating. One aspherical lens element virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration.

Nikon's Silent Wave Motor gives you smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation, and the M/A mode lets you quickly and easily override the autofocus system for fine manual focusing with almost no time lag. This lens is also compatible with DX cameras. When used with a DX camera, the angle of view would be equivalent to 75mm.

Fast f/1.8 Compact FX-Format Prime (Fixed Focal Length) Lens
This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (Bokeh). The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G includes Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) for fast and precise autofocus, M/A Focus Mode Switch for seamless changes between manual and autofocus operation and an aspherical lens element for outstanding optical performance with high contrast.
Get Astonishing Low Light Results
This lightweight standard lens is a great travel companion because you never know when a beautiful, sunny day will turn cloudy and rainy. With its fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance.
Achieve More Natural Depth of Field
Whether you're shooting portraits, food or nature-indoors or outdoors-the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings. And its 50mm focal length is perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs.
Shoot Tack-Sharp Portraits Every Time
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare, while the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's Aspherical Lens Element (AS) virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberrations, even when shooting at the widest available aperture. Pair that with Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, accurate and quiet autofocus, and you can be sure all of your portraits will be tack sharp.
Quiet Autofocus
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Quick Switching from AF to MF
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring-M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.
Effective Aberration Correction
Since the 1960s, aspherical lenses have been an important part of the NIKKOR lens family. The 50mm f/1.8 features one aspherical element, virtually eliminating coma and other types of aberration.
Reduce Lens Flare and Ghosting
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 47°
DX Picture Angle: 31°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 2.1" (7.11 x 5.33 cm)
Weight 6.6 oz (187 g)

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NikonAF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1108 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (912)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (844)
  • Easy to use (634)
  • Reliable (473)
  • Durable (398)
  • Nice bokeh (217)

Cons

  • Not durable (17)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (635)
  • Everyday (494)
  • Travel (334)
  • Home (305)
  • Low light (246)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (428), Semi-professional (167), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (60)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (934), Yes (75)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely Brilliant Lens!

I am a 22-year-old who loves to do photography as a hobby. I use a Nikon D3100 and have the 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR lenses. I love this camera and these...Read complete review

I am a 22-year-old who loves to do photography as a hobby. I use a Nikon D3100 and have the 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR lenses. I love this camera and these lenses, but I have been looking to add a third lens to my camera bag. I wanted something with a big aperture so I could do low light shots, portraits, and street photography. I had read very good things about this lens and the price was just right for me.
This lens is extremely impressive. It seems to focus faster than other two lenses and is a small compact size. It is made of the same durable plastic, yet it feels more solid and has a nice metal mount. What I love the most is the large f/1.8 aperture! It is much bigger that the 3.5 on my other lenses. The bokeh it produces is soft, smooth, and perfect for portraits! I don't think I could be any happier with this lens. If you need a 50mm with a big aperture at an affordable price, this is the lens for you! You won't regret it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

3 Stars

As a pro wedding photographer, fast primes are something I use a lot.

In 50mm, I had the f/1.8 Ai-s, the f/1.8 AF (non-D), and...Read complete review

As a pro wedding photographer, fast primes are something I use a lot.

In 50mm, I had the f/1.8 Ai-s, the f/1.8 AF (non-D), and the f/1.4G. I am getting out of the business and decided to pair down my gear in the 50mm lens area. I wasn't that excited about the 50mm f1.4G wide open, and reviews seemed to indicate the new f1.8G was comparable at f/1.8. Also the new f/1.8G had noticeably better bokeh than the older AF version. So, I decided to replace the whole lot with the new f/1.8G.

The first thing I noticed was the cheap feel of the lens and the packaging compared to my other Nikon gear. Though what I own is almost exclusively pro gear, I have had several "consumer grade" pieces over the years. Compared to every other lens I own (including Nikon 2.8 zooms, Nikon 1.x primes, a Nikon f/3.5-4.5 DX Zoom, and a Sigma EX series), this new 50mm f/1.8G is by far the cheapest feeling in the hand and in use.

In shooting test images with this lens I found a mixed bag.

Sharpness wide open is important to me. Here's the good news. Compared to my copy of the 50mm f/1.4G, this lens is comparable at f1.8 at portrait distances (it should be noted I tend to put my subjects center frame, not toward the edge). This is my primary use for this lens - low light people pics, and it will do fine. As a general use lens - smaller apertures and more varied focus distances, the sharpness award seems to go to the f/1.4G. I'm on an FX body, on a DX body it may be a tie.

At greater than portrait distances the f/1.8G wants to front focus - the lens focuses forward of the focus point. Based on my experience and what I read on various forums, front or rear focusing is a continuing problem among modern designs across brands. That and the fact I can correct for it with an adjustment on my D3 makes it a "no biggie" for me.

As you may have seen in other reviews, focus speed is average - not as fast as you may expect from a new AF-s design.

Overall I think it's a good, not great lens - 3 stars. If it felt like better quality and/or focused reliably without any adjustments on my D3, I would have given it 4 stars. If it was sharp wide open (so few lenses are), that would have been star 5.

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5.0

great glass for a great price

By tv

from Philly, pa

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

    great prime for a great price

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    • No

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    4.0

    GREAT lense!

    By TheKosherTomato

    from Roosevelt, NJ

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

      I use this for up close, food photography and it is wonderful. I love the shallow depth of field I get.You do have to move back and forth which takes some getting used to as it is a manual lense, but that is worth it.

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      5.0

      Great lens, great price point!

      By spicyredhead

      from Farmington, UT

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Durable

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

      Love this lens! Love this price point! Wish it wasn't all plastic :)

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great lens

      By André Berlinck

      from Brazil

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

        Essa era uma lente que já conhecia e sabia o que estava comprando. Para quem gosta de retratos, e fotos com baixa luz é indispensávél.This was a lens that already knew and knew what I was buying. For those who like pictures, and pictures in low light is essential.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Hendo1024

        from Upper Peninsula, MI

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good in low light
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Low light
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

          It's been said in most of the reviews already: This lens is a no-brainer. It's insanely sharp, nice bokeh, accurate auto-focus, good in low light, and it's CHEAP. Just get it already. I use it on a DX, and I imagine its even more versatile on a FX camera. Either way, it will be a worthwhile purchase.

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          5.0

          Good Stable Lens

          By Charlie

          from New York

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

            Great indoor lens for general use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Clear as a bell

            By port4u

            from New York, NY

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

              Simple a clean images.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great for the price !

              By Ryaann

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                I love this lens. For the price you pay you get a great quality product. Quite sharp and auto focuses well. Very good lens for someone who is on a budget as myself.

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                5.0

                Im in love!

                By Marisa 1654

                from Puerto Rico

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                The new baby in the house. Simply love this lens. Lightweight, compact, beautiful bokeh! Perfect for my portraits.

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                4.0

                Fast

                By BobLee

                from NC

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  Great versitility as a low light lens and a portrait lens.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Wubbly

                  from Ohio

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  I Bought this as a gift for my SO and it is wonderful. Sharp pictures and it works awesomely with the Nikon D5200. Also fast shipping and just a really easy transaction from B&H.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By jprodrigues

                  from New york

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  Super happy and stoked about what I can Dow with those lens

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                  5.0

                  sharp

                  By skier45

                  from hudson valley

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                    excellent in low light, very sharp, small and light.

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                    4.0

                    AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens by Nikon

                    By Tance

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      My first prime lens, shooting with a D3100. Chose the 50mm because of it being1/12 the equivalent of 35mm for ASP-C DSLRs. Got it for portrait work, weddings and everyday candit use. Shooting in Manual and Auto, I've gotten really good and sharp images, however in Shutter Priority @ 1/125 I was able to get tack sharp images. I can't really vouch for the low-light performance since I'm always shooting with speedlight or off camera flash. One of the main reasons I opted for the 50mm is I read it was good for full body portraits, however I was not quite prepared for the distance needed for such, however for small to medium groups it works very well.

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                      5.0

                      excellent lens

                      By Ruly

                      from Salinas, Ca

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      Great pictures
                      affordable

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Legendary Lens Value

                      By MinAZ

                      from Phoenix, AZ

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                        Even though this lens costs twice the Canon offering, it is still one of the best values in fast prime glass. For its price, I would highly recommend this lens to any Nikon photographer period.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent!

                        By Rpardo

                        from Youngstown, AZ

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                        I'm a beginner and this lense makes me look like a almost photographer.

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                        5.0

                        Bigger bang for the buck

                        By Luiz

                        from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Image Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Street Photography
                          • Walkaround

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                          I already have the AF-D/1.4 model, but when I bought the D750 I decided to try this one, for it being ligther.The focus appears to be a little faster, but the image quality is the same.It balances very well with a D750, making a delightful combo. During my trip to New York and Washington I used it exclusevily, taking more than 700 photos. Very few moments and felt the need of a wider lens.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens, Great Price

                          By Connor

                          from Iowa

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                            This is a great lens that everyone should have in their bag considering the price tag.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Portrait

                            By Face

                            from Chicago, IL

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens:

                            I use this for portraiture, specifically actor's head shots. Great bokah and it's more flattering than say a 35mm. The autofocus seems a little soft on my 5000 but could just be me. I'm pretty happy overall.

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