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

(based on 1117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (920)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (177)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (850)
  • Easy to use (640)
  • Reliable (477)
  • Durable (401)
  • Nice bokeh (217)

Cons

  • Not durable (18)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (640)
  • Everyday (497)
  • Travel (338)
  • Home (309)
  • Low light (246)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (431), Semi-professional (169), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (60)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (940), 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

I love my new lens!

By Lyndsey

from Pennsylvania

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

My new lens is great, I've used it for many things already and it's beautiful. The focus on the lens is quality. It's easy to use for groups, baby's and children. The depth of field on this lens I love it. The shipping of this item only took two days, came so fast. I was all around very satisfied. Thank you.

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4.0

auto focal lens

By Shriram

from Quincy

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

Very good lens for portrait photography

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5.0

Great lens to always have with you.

By Er

from Atlanta

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is a great Nikon lens, and an important focal length to have. I do cover 50mm with my 28-300mm walk-around lens, but this 50mm is Much better quality, and quite fast. You do need to use your feet to get close enough to many subjects.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfectly Sharp and Bright

    By RickO

    from Brick, NJ

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

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

    Great lens for street photography, group events, and portrait work. It is also well-suited to low light.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Money well spent

    By Speedy

    from Calera, ALabama

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

    This was a great addition to my DSLR camera. It gives a really good bokeh which makes the subject really stand out in my portraits. It's a great walk around lens and extremely light weight. I would recommend this one for anyone who would like to add an additional lens to produce a better image than the standard kit lens. Definitely worth the money!

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    5.0

    great service

    By GWBod

    from beaumont tx.

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

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

      help fro phone line super

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Solid performer

      By phrenzel

      from Poughkeepsie NY

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits

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

        Great lens for an excellent price. Fast low light shooter great for use inside of Grand Central Station.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great, affordable lens

        By Bellaphotographypa

        from St. Marys, PA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits
          • Traveling

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

          Love it, my portraits are so sharp and clear with this lens.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fast and beautiful

          By JBuck

          from Pigeon Forge, TN

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Portraits

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

            This is my first primary lens. I had been using the kit 18-55mm with my Nikon D40. I wanted a better lens for taking portrait type shots of our kids and family. The kit lens just would not produce quality photos inside. I also wanted a lens that would give greater flexibility with the depth of field, to blur out the background and highlight the subject of the photo. This lens has met my expectations.I am finding that on a DX format sensor, this lens (acting more like a 85mm on a traditional FX or film camera) moves me a little closer to the subject than I want at times. I will be looking at the 35mm primary lens to give me a more true 50mm perspective (35 x1.5 magnification factor). Aside from being too close at times, I would recommend this lens as great lens to capture the memories of your growing family.

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            • No

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            5.0

            great glass for a great price

            By tv

            from Philly, pa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            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

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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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                • No

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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 :)

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Stable Lens

                    By Charlie

                    from New York

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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                          • No

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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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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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