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NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
 
4.7

(based on 2103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1558)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (495)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1706)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1562)
  • Consistent output (1135)
  • Easily interchangeable (1030)
  • Durable (684)

Cons

  • Tough to attach (162)
  • Weak casing (148)
  • Slow focus (126)
  • Blurry focus (46)
  • Difficult to clean (19)

Best Uses

  • Low light (1002)
  • Night photography (845)
  • Weddings (609)
  • Landscape/scenery (468)
  • General purpose (461)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (581), Semi-pro photographer (364), Enthusiast (334), Casual photographer (231), Semi-professional (146)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (992), 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

 

Kinda cheap, slow to focus

For the money, it's a good lens. It takes very nice pictures (especially portraits), and the the depth of field is very nice.My two issues with it are build: It feels cheap...Read complete review

For the money, it's a good lens. It takes very nice pictures (especially portraits), and the the depth of field is very nice.My two issues with it are build: It feels cheap compared to other Nikon lenses. Understandable for the price tag, I know.The other issue is that it is very slow to focus. This for me was the deal breaker. I sent mine back and am going to take a gamble on the f/1.4. It's only $160 more and sounds like it's focus is faster and it's build is better.But if you don't care about either of those things, you will get very nice shots with this inexpensive lens.

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4.0

Loveeeeeerrr

By A

from Va

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

The pictures are so crisp and clear.

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5.0

Love this lens!

By SJDPhotog

from Newmarket, NH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Love this lens! It is everything I expected and more. I would highly recommend this lens if you are looking for a lightweight lens with a shallow depth of field.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Little Lens

      By Amber

      from Dallas, Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This lens is crisp, quick and easy to use. It is by far my favorite lens in my kit. Highly recommend! Big bang for the buck!

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        • No

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        5.0

        I love this lens

        By Whit

        from Medford

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

        I can't wait to buy more

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        5.0

        Nifty 50mm

        By green thumb

        from afton, WI

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

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

          I use this lens mostly for outdoor flower images. It is easy to use, and fits well into my full camera bag. So it is always with me.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome!

          By Sav

          from CA

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

          Really nice lens. Has great light sensitivity and the pics look amazing!

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          5.0

          Awesome Lens for my Film Camera

          By Alex

          from New York

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Film Photography

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

            I have a Nikon d5300 and I was not aware that this lens would not autofocus on me d5300. I decided to use it on my Nikon FM10 film camera and I'm very happy about the purchase.

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            • No

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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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              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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                  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 4 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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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