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NikonNormal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 1972 reviews)

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    (1463)

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    (467)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1638)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1519)
  • Consistent output (1096)
  • Easily interchangeable (988)
  • Durable (655)

Cons

  • Tough to attach (154)
  • Weak casing (140)
  • Slow focus (119)
  • Blurry focus (42)
  • Difficult to clean (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (942)
  • Night photography (813)
  • Weddings (572)
  • General purpose (461)
  • Portraits (446)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (549), Semi-pro photographer (335), Enthusiast (334), Casual photographer (223), Semi-professional (146)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (912), Yes (81)

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

 

A bit overrated IMHO

This lens is great for the money. It really is. But it has very ugly highlights in low light. I just purchased the overpriced 45mm Nikkor P. It is old school, manual...Read complete review

This lens is great for the money. It really is. But it has very ugly highlights in low light. I just purchased the overpriced 45mm Nikkor P. It is old school, manual focus, and simply beautiful in low light. For other applications, I have the 60mm micro-Nikkor. So I will probably sell the 50mm.

It is, however, definitely worth the price. It focusses fast, it does work well in low light, and you really cannot beat the price. It's small, light, and very sharp. But I think the 45mm, although overpriced, is far superior for my needs. The focus ring on that lens is very well damped, and the bokeh is otherworldly. I don't pixel peep so I'm not concerned with the absolute sharpness. I love the colors and the depth of field. But if you want a lens that is small, light, and inexpensive, the 50mm is it. My "problem" is it really isn't worth selling, and the thing weighs mere ounces.

I might get a really fast 50mm, like the f1.2. But since I am now shooting with a D700, lens speed really doesn't matter. But it would be fun to hook up a f1.2 shooting at iso 6400 in virtual darkness.

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4.0

don't lug that heavy lens around

By Papa

from Memphis Tn

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

    easy to use
    light weight
    stellar performance

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    5.0

    Well Worth The Money

    By Georgia Mark

    from Dalton, GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

      As an amateur on a limited budget,purchased this lens for my D7100. I shoot mostly nature photos and photos of the grandchildren. Lens has given definite improvement in picture quality over the kit lens.It has become my walk around lens of choice. I had read some reviews about it being awkward to mount on the D7100 but I have not had any issues.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing value

      By LEL

      from Miami FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

      Use it as a short portrait tele with a 7100. Back in the film days a 85 1.8 was always in my bag. This kind of lens, almost symmetrical in design, is very sharp and well corrected. I feel speed is not a big deal compared to a 1.4 especially considering the difference in cost.

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      5.0

      Essential

      By MinAZ

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

        A sharp clear lens for relatively cheap - only thing it lacks is an internal motor (there is a more expensive model with the motor if your body needs it). There is basically no good excuse not to have this lens, unless you already have better glass.

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        5.0

        Perfect Lens for the Job!!

        By Jamie

        from Olympia, Washington

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

          I use this lens for attaching my camera to my Vortex HD Spotting Scope for shooting Wildlife, Good Match!

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          5.0

          Great prime lens

          By Mike

          from Pittsburgh

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

            Takes nice clear pictures and offers great depth of field. I bought this camera for portraits and am very happy with it. One thing to note and this is not a negative, but you want to make sure you read the description clearly before purchase. I have a Nikon D5000 and AF is disabled for this camera and some others. The lens aperture ring must also be set to f/22 and then you use the camera's aperture settings. Again, this is a great lens, but make sure you're not caught off guard when you go to use it the first time.

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            5.0

            Great!!!

            By Roman

            from Morganville, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

              The pictures that I produce with this lense are amazing!

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              5.0

              Good lens

              By David

              from Deerfield Beach, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                This lens produces sharp pictures and great color and contrast.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Super quality with a super low price

                By ckerr112

                from Southwest Missouri

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Too much plastic

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Pets

                Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                I take a lot of photos of dogs and cats and I like to get close without distortion. The focusing is super fast and accurate. I really like this lens. I don't like the fact the lens is made in China and the plastic construction but I do like the quality images it provides. Ask me in three or four years if I still like it.

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                4.0

                Great Deal

                By Crash Atoms

                from Moriarty, NM

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                  This is the first prime lens I've purchased for my Nikon, and it doesn't disappoint. The auto-focus doesn't work on my model, but I usually focus manually for the purposes I bought it for anyway. The glass creates very clear shots and I love the wide aperture.

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                  4.0

                  Only one complaint

                  By DianeH6

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                        Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                        Have only used the lens 2X. I am practicing to take portraits of my dauhgter. So far like it.
                        The only problem I have is mounting it and removing it to my D7000. I 'share' the camera with my 25yr old son who also has a difficult time mounting/removing the lens so I know it is not just me!

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic Lens

                        By Anniem319

                        from Oakland, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                          I didn't understand the whole "prime lens" hype. Until I bought this lens and did some pixel peeping. All I can say is WOW! The clarity, the color depth, it's all just amazing. At at such a low price, it's something that should be in every photographer's bag.

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                          5.0

                          Wow what can I say !!!!

                          By silicon

                          from North Carolina

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                            Wow!! I can't say enough about this glass. I love how fast, crisp, and clean it is. The bokeh is superb and adds such a inch finish to your photo's. A must have prime!!!!!

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                            5.0

                            Best prime I own

                            By Aron

                            from Puerto Rico

                            Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                            Price or not it's the best prime I own. Giving a nice sharp image with the Pocket Speedbooster without looking digital.

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                            4.0

                            Quick focus

                            By MicKliker

                            from NW Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Small Easy To Carry

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                              i mostly use this lens in quick moving event shoots in low light. Its working great for me quick to lock focus on my D90!

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                              5.0

                              Love it

                              By J&L Photography

                              from Atlanta

                              Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                              Takes beautiful crisp shots with my Nikon D610. Well worth the price!! Don't hesitate!

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                              5.0

                              Worth every penny.

                              By Rich

                              from Boone, NC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                                Using this lens for general shooting, outdoors and in. Great for portraits, does well in low light with digital or film camera. Fast focus and very clean images. Feels well built even if it is light. Plastic feel described by others seems unfair for a [$] dollar lens.

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                                5.0

                                Very Nice Nikkor Lens

                                By snapshot

                                from Greenville, SC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Sharp as a tack
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                                  Very nice, light of weight, sharp as a tack!

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                                  4.0

                                  Worth the Hype

                                  By Beej

                                  from Falls Church, VA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                                    Now that I have a camera body (D7000) that can focus with this lens, I understand why it's held in such high regard, despite its bargain price. It focuses quickly & quietly. It produces great colors and bokeh in shots of my son. It's exceedingly fast & crisp, even with a fast ISO, helping me freeze the unpredictable movements of a one year-old.

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                                    5.0

                                    Sharpest bargain in a 50mm

                                    By LaPics

                                    from Sharon, CT

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens:

                                      I love this lens, I have several of them 2 are made in Japan and 2 made in China. This is the best 50mm lens you can get for the money. It's small, light, sharp and pretty quick. At some point these will be discontinued and the new generation G lenses will take over.

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