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

(based on 1205 reviews)

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    (992)

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    (192)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (905)
  • Easy to use (693)
  • Reliable (520)
  • Durable (422)
  • Nice bokeh (218)

Cons

  • Not durable (21)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Poor design (7)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (685)
  • Everyday (543)
  • Travel (378)
  • Home (345)
  • Low light (247)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (468), Semi-professional (185), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (994), Yes (85)

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

Versatile like a Swiss Army Knife.

By Stephen

from North Carolina, USA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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:

    I purchased the 50mm Nikkor AF-S f/1.8G lens for my DX format cropped-frame DSLR (a Nikon D3200). This lens is actually a FX lens for FX format full-frame DSLRs, but works well with DX cameras too.

    As I plan to move up to a FX format camera later on, this FX lens will be ready when I make the switch, and I will not have to worry about compatibility issues.

    The 50mm Nikkor AF-S f/1.8G is one of Nikon's cheapest lenses, but "cheap price" does not mean "cheap quality" (at least in this rare case). It has high build quality (which one would expect from Nikon), and more importantly, high image quality. Photos are sharp, with beautiful background bokeh (blurring), and it does well in low light too. It's a lightweight lens (perfect for traveling), and the internal AF system built into the lens is fast and relatively quiet.

    I got the lens through B&H Photo, the price was competitive, shipped was fast, and the lens was delivered when they said it would be.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with the lens, as well as B&H's service. Will definitely buy from B&H again.

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    5.0

    Cheap and Sharp

    By 1elementin7groups

    from Arnold, Ca

    About Me Semi-Professional

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Traveling

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

      I just purchased this lens as an capable walk around lens. Not too wide, not too long. It is sharp and the f1.8 aperture is wide enough to gather lots of light.

      The lens is plastic. The lens hood which I usually use is very flimsy, I just hope it stands up. Nice that Nikon included a lens pouch for it.

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      5.0

      Great value

      By Tonyr

      from Paoli, PA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Traveling

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

        I bought this lens new, to go with a refurbished Nikon Df. I use it all the time! I get beautifully clear photos. This lens has been out for a few years and has been reviewed positively on many web sites, including B&H. It's a great value. If you have a full frame camera you will not be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Love this 50mm Prime for the price!

        By krcdyln

        from Los Angeles

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        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:

          This is a killer lens at a reasonable price point, a must have for your photo kit.

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          5.0

          Depth of field on a budget.

          By Treefuzz

          from Atlanta area

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

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

            Purchased a Nikon 3300 a few months ago and while I am pleased with the camera, the kit lenses leave something to be desired. This Nikon 50mm, 1.8 has provided some new areas when dealing with depth of field and softening the background. Very pleased with this purchase.

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            5.0

            Excellent value

            By BirdDogDad

            from Woodland Park, CO

            About Me Semi-Professional

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Traveling

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

              I debated buying a 50mm for some time; I invested a substantial amount of cash in the gold-ring trio of a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 G, 70-200 f/4 G and 24-120 f/4 G. Each is superb, but each is also heavy and large. Did I "need" a 50mm? No. But there are times I would like to carry my D610 minus the weight and imposing size of the zooms, and with more low-light capability than they offer. The 50 f1.8 is not, as other reviewers have mentioned, of the same robust build as Nikon's "professional" lenses, but it is delightfully light in weight, small in size, and image quality is excellent. For a simple, versatile "walk-around" lens, it is terrific. For a couple of hundred bucks, the main question is why I debated for so long.

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              5.0

              Excellent Value

              By PhotoSME

              from Sun Prairie, WI

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Stiff Manual Focusing

              Best Uses

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

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

              I have always had a 50mm F/1.4 lens in the film days. Just moved up from DX to FX and needed a 50mm lens.

              Evaluated the 50mm F1.4's and this F1.8 lens. DxO and all the testing labs are correct - it's a very sharp lens. Yes it's made of a lot of plastic parts but for normal useage it should hold up well. The F 1.4 lens cost more than double what I paid for this lens. I have had it 3 weeks and the images are excellent. Very sharp at 1.8 and by F5.6 it's even better. Highly recommended.

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              4.0

              Great Lens

              By DC

              from NYC

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape Photography

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

                Great lens. Tack sharp and quick to focus.

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                5.0

                Excellent Lense and Price

                By SSS

                from Columbus, IN

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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:

                  Excellent product for taking kids picture. Lens is really fast and takes amazing pictures. I have 18-140 mm lense which works great but since I got 50mm, it's on my camera 90% of the time. Excellent pricing and delivery from B&H. Very trusted name int he market.
                  Pictures are crisp with D5300. Loving every bit f it...Go for it, you won't regret...

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                  5.0

                  Awesome sauce

                  By Jonelamor

                  from Pittsburgh pa

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is everything. It may as well be welded to my camera because I'm never taking it off. Great for food shots and portraits and even landscape. I've been a picture taking maniac since I got it. Everything is bright and sharp. Wonderful.

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                    5.0

                    Love it

                    By Mia G

                    from Laurel md

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

                    I've only had it for about a month! And it worth every penny !

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                    5.0

                    Great Value

                    By D Hilbert

                    from California

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    Nice fast lens for a great price. Let's me shoot with fast shutter speeds to get pictures of my kids.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Sport Lover

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

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

                      I've been using this Lens to shoot Basketball Games. I don't have an expensive f/2.8 Zoom, but I can get great pictures from the baseline with this 50mm f/1.8 (in any playable lighting condition). Fast focus, great in low light, and a lot less expensive than a f/2.8 zoom.

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                      5.0

                      What more can I add

                      By Aron

                      from Puerto Rico

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

                      This lens is great just like everyone else says. I use it on my Nikon D750.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By ThomJ

                      from Boston, Ma

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

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

                        I bought this lens to be shared by my both my wife and me. She shoots a D5000 with a primary interest in portraits and I shoot a D750 with an interest in landscapes. It functions as a perfect lens for my wife with the DX crop taken into account it functions like a 75mm lens. She gets a nice bokeh with it. Great lens, highly recommend it.

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                        4.0

                        One of the Best Values Around

                        By J. Ryan

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

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

                          I use this lens when I need to take pictures indoors, particularly in settings where flash is not allowed (i.e. museums, churches). If you think a f/2.8 "professional" lens can do low-light well, then this lens is an eye-opener. It will allow you to shoot in even lower light levels where an f/2.8 lens may otherwise give up. For just around $, this lens is a no-brainer and gives you the most bang for the buck.

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                          5.0

                          incredible Steal of a Deal

                          By Fernando Photography

                          from New Jersey

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

                          Super Sharp, silent, and accurate on my Nikon D810. And on my D7100, it's the perfect portrait lens.

                          Highly recommended.

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                          5.0

                          Sharp! Lightweight Lens!

                          By Patch

                          from Pacific Northwest

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

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

                            I'll use this lens primarily for landscape photography because it gives incredibly sharp images. It is also a pleasure to carry because it is so light in weight compared to my zoom lenses.

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                            5.0

                            Good lens, must have

                            By xwang

                            from Jersey City, NJ

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            Love it. Perfect for D7000

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                            5.0

                            Lightweight easy to use

                            By A&E

                            from Houston

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

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

                              Very Lightweight, taking really nice pictures

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