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

You Pay: $216.95
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
Environmental
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)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  • CL-1013 Soft Lens Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonAF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 1078 reviews)

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      (166)

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      (16)

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      (3)

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      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (823)
    • Easy to use (616)
    • Reliable (462)
    • Durable (387)
    • Nice bokeh (217)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (617)
    • Everyday (478)
    • Travel (322)
    • Home (298)
    • Low light (245)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (415), Semi-professional (161), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (57)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    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

    AF S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G Lens by Nikon

    By Lizel

    from Knoxville, TN

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

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

      Love this lens. Amazing clarity, great focus, beautiful bokeh. I am using this lens with my Nikon D300s. Mounted on a cropped-frame / DX-format body, 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm and thus becomes a prime candidate for portrait-photography as it gives you some distance from your subject which leads to a flattering perspective. It might even be more fit for portraiture in small studios on a DX-body than a 85mm prime as it renders a larger frame from any given distance. This is an affordable prime lens and will autofocus on any Nikon body. Great value for money.

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      5.0

      Great lens!

      By Golfr71

      from Chicago, Il.

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        I am an intermediate photographer, I am still working with it but have taken some great photos in low light so far!

        Maybe a few lessons or tips might be nice to look at. You can always learn something.

        Thanks B&H

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        5.0

        Great Value!

        By RJ taking pics again

        from Tacoma WA

        About Me Getting Started

        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 recieved the Nikon D610 camera body as a gift. I wanted to start out with a 50mm lens without spending a whole lot of money while learning to use my camera. I did a little research and several blogs recommended this lens and I'm glad I purchased it. It is light weight and the lens clear. Plus the price of the lens is a great value! I haven't had the lens long enough to state that it is durable but if everything I've read about this lens is true I'll be using it for several years.

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          5.0

          Awesome lens

          By Forrest

          from Boonton, NJ

          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:

            I bought this lens with my first camera. I have barely used the kit lens because this lens is just awesome. Great bokeh with the low f-stops. Amazing lowlight photos. The 50mm length is great for just about everything. Will definitely be buying the other primes in this line of lenses. Now I just have to decide on the 35mm or the 85mm as my next lens to buy.

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            5.0

            Great lense!!

            By DanTheMan

            from Boston

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio

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

              Bought this lens but returned it because the focal length was too zoomed. I have a DX body and this is a FX lens but I was really curious about the performance. The photos I did take had smooth bokeh and the super crisp details but I really had no use for it since I have the 35mm DX which I really love. But I do recommend this lens. Great value for the price, can't go wrong!!!

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By naveentqp

              from houston, tx

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • None I can think of

              Best Uses

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

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

              Great lens for street photography. Great Bokeh. Use it on a DX and absolutely love it.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Tony

              from Leon, gto

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Studio
                • Traveling

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

                Excellent performance, very light weight, superfast auto-focus, beautiful bokeh.

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                5.0

                Gorgeous

                By Kyle Moore

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

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

                  Amazing for portraits on my D5100. Not so great unless your subject is at least 15 feet away, and as a prime lens you have to zoom with your feet. But for the price, you can't beat the quality!

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                  5.0

                  Great Fast Lens

                  By Jeff

                  from Scarsdale, New York

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Very Durable and sturdy

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Juan

                    from Eagle Pass Tx.

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

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

                      I most use this lens on protraits and studio

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Much Better then Average Lens

                      By Pavel VK Photography, Inc.

                      from Marietta, GA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

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

                      Indoor, limited space portraiture is quite amazing with this lens. I also have 1.4G Lens and honestly i don't see much of a difference in wide aperture settings. In some ways this lens sims to be sharper. There is some difference in the "evening lights bokeh" and in it's softness, but qite frankly it's something I desire everyones in a while stylewise.

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                      5.0

                      I think I got more than I paid for.

                      By Huie

                      from Rock Springs, Wyoming

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Bokin
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Portraits

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

                        I bought this lense for pictures around the house where lighting is a challenge. I have used it for taking pictures of our grand gaughter, my daughter's sugar gliders and dog. It has made the camera a lot less intimidating for my wife to use, and is a whole lot lighter than the 18-300mm lense that I bought with the camera.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect

                        By Ramsis

                        from Cairo, Egypt

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

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

                          This lens is the most suitable for many uses in its range.
                          It is perfect in indoor coverage and wide landscape photography.

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                          5.0

                          Great buy

                          By Andressa A.

                          from Belo Horizonte - MG Brasil

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

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

                            great product. And with very good price. I'm super glad I bought my 50mm. Bought from Brazil and I am satisfied with the speed and ease of shopping at B & H.

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                            5.0

                            Great Upgrade from Stock Lens

                            By Chris

                            from Palo Alto, CA

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

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

                              I thought about buying this lens for a year before I finally did, and I am very happy with it. My portraits are on a different level and I have much more control over the depth of field.

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                              5.0

                              Fantastic Lens!

                              By greglem1

                              from Atlanta, GA

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

                              I purchased this lens for my Nikon D3200 for use in low light situations and portraits. I couldn't be happier with the results!

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                              5.0

                              Great value for the price

                              By Ram M

                              from Dallas, TX

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling

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

                                This is a great lens and I had the opportunity to try it out on a vacation. It takes grat pictures indoors and outdoors. Great value for the price.

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                                5.0

                                Great for the price

                                By Photo Funster

                                from LA, CA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

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

                                  Great value, works well.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing lens!

                                  By Ericusa97

                                  from New York, New York.

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Sharp

                                  Cons

                                  • None so far

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Street Photography

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

                                  I'm using this lens for street photography, it is sharp, handle very well bright scenes, fast, no ca, i had 50 mm f/1.4 D version but this is much better for the purpose of shooting on the street.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice simple lens

                                  By Nikon Man

                                  from Godfrey, Illinois

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      I've only had this lens for a few weeks so I can't give you a personal review. The few photo I have taken look great. I primarily bought the lens for low light conditions at a wedding so I would not have to use a flash. I'm waiting for that day to evaluate the lens.

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