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

B&H # NI5018GAF Mfr # 2199
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Product Highlights
  • Fast f/1.8 Compact FX-Format Prime Lens
  • Beautiful Background Blur (Bokeh)
  • Superior Color Consistency
  • Reduce 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. Aspherical lens elements 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. Virtually eliminating coma and other types of aberration, every new addition to the lineup provides a new level of contrast, resolution and compact design.
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 1040 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (855)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (165)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (794)
  • Easy to use (590)
  • Reliable (441)
  • Durable (371)
  • Nice bokeh (217)

Cons

  • Not durable (15)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (589)
  • Everyday (458)
  • Travel (305)
  • Home (284)
  • Low light (245)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (399), Semi-professional (152), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (56)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (883), Yes (73)

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

 

Good Optics, Disposable Mechanics

No doubt about it: this lens makes a bad first impression. My unboxing provoked immediate disappointment, because the build and mechanical quality feel so terribly light and cheap. The lens hood is HappyMeal-Toy-thin...Read complete review

No doubt about it: this lens makes a bad first impression. My unboxing provoked immediate disappointment, because the build and mechanical quality feel so terribly light and cheap. The lens hood is HappyMeal-Toy-thin and flimsy; the focus ring has significant play in either direction before engaging; the lens itself is amazingly light and feels "empty."If, like me, you've purchased the lens as an upgrade to the older 50mm f/1.8D, these initial impressions won't sit well. The[$] "D" feels much better in hand; it's smaller; it uses the more common 52mm filter size instead of the new variant's 58mm; the "D" focuses faster; the "D" has a much better manual focus feel; the "D" has a much more useful focus distance / DOF scale.But in many ways, the first impression and inevitable comparison isn't fair. There's no question that the new "G" has better optics than the lens it replaces--it's a hair sharper wide open; bokeh has softer edges and a less obviously geometric shape. Silent AF-S focusing is terrific for live-view and video, and it'll work on even the smallest bodies. (This lens + D40/60/3000/3100 is a tiny but deeply capable portrait machine!)What's more, I know that the seemingly chinsey, "disposable" plastic build is ultimately *very* durable in the field--much more durable than the "D" style it replaces. If you drop the "G" on its flimsy hood, it'll bounce back into your hand without a scratch. The "G" design doesn't extend or retract beyond the body's form factor with focusing, so there's far less worry about knocking anything out of alignment.And, while folks like me may lament the devolution of focus / DOF scales, poor manual focus feel, and the proliferation of different filter sizes, it's just a fact of changing technology and habits that people don't use focus scales, manual focus, or filters as much as they used to in the film era. So, if you can get over first impressions and you can make peace with lens design following the evolving practices and needs of the art, it's a fine product at a fair price. Otherwise, the old "D", for half the price, is still a wonderful tool, too.

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5.0

Good lens, good price

By The running tourist

from Lakewood, Co

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great picture quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I ordered this lens because I have started to shoot some street photography and just wanted a better lens than the kit lens I have. It has been everything I had hoped for and can seen why people talk about getting better lens and not always upgrading a camera.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great lens for the price

    By Sam

    from North Carolina

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

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

      I use this for portraits mainly and I think is an excellent lens. However, I took it out and shot at a farmers market the images were amazing. It is definitely on of those lenses to have in your bag.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By AL

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Portraits

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

        I recently purchased this lens as it was recommended to me by a photographer who I am taking a beginner course from. So far I love it, and im sure the more I learn the more I will appreciate my purchase.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Prime Lense!

        By Mrs.Fergie

        from Fort Hood, TX

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits

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

          I use the lense mostly for portraits. I absolutely love the background bokeh in the photographs. The only possible negative is the adjustment period to getting used to not having to get so close for a close up picture!

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          5.0

          Great Lens!

          By Latish

          from Washington

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

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

            This lens is great for all types of photography, especially portraits and close-up pictures. There is great bokeh because it can get to an aperture of 1.8! Sometimes it's hard to get images to focus, but it might just be because I need to do some more research and studying about this lens.

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            5.0

            Quality lens Good price

            By Notlimah3

            from San Diego, CA

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits

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

              The first day with the 50mm f/1.8G was fun at the San Diego Zoo. The shots I took through glass windows of various reptiles were beautiful. With the 1.8 aperture the depth of field was amazing. I used only my two kit lenses previously so this was a new world with bright photos in moderate lighting. Cool stuff. I was not prepared for the 75mm true crop on my D5000. This was difficult for me to use as we wandered around the zoo with subjects 15 - 30 feet away. With practice I'm sure I would better understand the image I was looking for. However, I decided to return it and go with the Nikkor 35mm 1.8 and have had excellent success with it as well. If I could have afforded both I would have kept the 50mm.

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              5.0

              Nifty Fifty: Great Lens

              By C.L. Hill

              from Maggie Valley, NC

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

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

                Love this lens. Works great with my Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera. Nice little prime (fixed) lens with a 1.8 aperture. It is small and lightweight... my new go to lens for capturing cityscapes, landscapes, etc. B&H Photo is my go to source for all my photography needs as they know why they are in business. Great products, great prices, fast, free shipping!

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                5.0

                Perfect Addition To My Photo Bag

                By Cathy N

                from Ashland, Oregon

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Short Depth Of Field

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

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

                  The new Nikkor 50mm lens has added a amazing dimension to my photos that I could not achieve with my kit lens. The short depth of field was just what I was looking for. There was however a learning curve to adjust myself to the fixed lens. If I need something closer then I move not the lens. So after a few awkward attempts I am now quite comfortable with the workings of the lens.

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                  5.0

                  Fun size!

                  By Sshhhhh

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports
                    • Traveling

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

                    I enjoy the small footprint and I can swing that camera around swiftly. Took some time to adjust to not zooming a lens. Great crisp photos. Also, seems to have a warmness to it compared to my other lenses.

                    Great bang for the buck!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice Lenses

                    By ilmom

                    from New York, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits

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

                      I wanted another camera lens to take portraits and other family photos of my kids and their events...this lens was perfect and allowed me to take really great face shots.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Seems Great

                      By Bokeh Uncle

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

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

                        I gave this to my sister as a gift (she is about to have her first child). She only had a SLOW kit lens on a crop. After a short lesson or two she is taking nice indoor pics without a flash. The few hours I played with it made me glad I purchased it. After spending too much time debating the 35mm and this 50...I am glad I chose the 50!!!

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Excelent!

                        By Tim Czk

                        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

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

                          Good relation price / product.
                          Essential to improve your kit.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Gotta love this lens!

                          By William

                          from Santa Maria, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            Great lens for the price, very sharp with very good bokeh.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great lens!

                            By Ana

                            from Clarkston, mi

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

                            I love this lens. Overall great quality with beautiful bokeh in the background. Really wish I had a lens like this sooner!

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                            5.0

                            A no-brainer for $[$]

                            By Samuel

                            from Pella, IA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Inexpensive
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                            • Distortion With Lines

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

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

                            Such a sharp lens for the low price. A must-have. Great bokeh and performance in low-light conditions. Shooting wide open, you can maintain fast shutter speeds and a low ISO setting even after the sun sets.

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                            5.0

                            Gorgeous shots!

                            By dee

                            from Pennsburg, PA

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

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

                                Takes amazing portraits!!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Best thing since sliced bread

                                By upping the stakes

                                from Baltimore, MD

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good value
                                • Sharp At Wide Aperture

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    I had the option of going with this or the 1.4. After reading through a ton of reviews and scientific analysis, people just couldn't seem to come to any consensus that this is better than the 1.4 and there's plenty of evidence out there that indicate this lense is sharper at wider apertures.This is an absolutely beautiful lens. We bought it to mount up to a D4 and it obviously took beautiful pictures, but the real surprise was when we threw it on the D5100. While my wife was shooting on the other lens with her D4, I popped the 50 on the D5100 and it was like a new camera. It's doing fine for portrait work, video and just all around shooting.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent lens

                                    By pychap

                                    from San Diego, CA

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        I've been reading about owning a prime 50mm lens - benefits of sharpness, speed (f-stop) all for a very low price, in the context of other lenses.
                                        This has fit the bill.
                                        Love the short depth-of-field effects you can achieve.
                                        I'm excited to bring this lens with me to my two big summer vacations this year!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great lens for the money!

                                        By Chris C

                                        from Houston, TX

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use
                                          • Traveling

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

                                          What is there to really say about the fifty? It is a great all purpose lens, especially on FF bodies. Small, light, fast, accurate.

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                                          4.0

                                          "Perfect for portraits"

                                          By Adolfo G

                                          from Sacramento, Ca

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                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Everyday use
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Studio

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

                                            Use this product for daily Photography.

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                                            • No

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