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

(based on 1046 reviews)

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    (860)

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    (166)

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    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (799)
  • Easy to use (596)
  • Reliable (446)
  • Durable (373)
  • Nice bokeh (217)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (595)
  • Everyday (463)
  • Travel (309)
  • Home (288)
  • Low light (245)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (401), Semi-professional (156), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-pro photographer (73), Professional (56)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (889), Yes (73)

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

Sharp lens

By Cindy

from Northern California Sierra Foothills

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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 haven't used the 50mm f/1.4, but I find this lens to be very sharp. The build is a little "light" for me so I don't know how durable it will be, but I think this is a great buy and can't imagine it being much better in sharpness and overall image quality.

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    4.0

    Does the job

    By JPO

    from New England

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

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

      If you need every bit of Bokeh then get the 1.4. If you have to have the sharpest lens get the Zeiss Otus.

      If you want a great lens at a great price that gives good bokeh and is sharper edge to edge than the 1.4 then look no further.

      Now go spend the other $3800 you saved not buying the Zeiss on a trip to an exotic location to take pictures of something other than test charts.

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      5.0

      Very Satisfied!

      By Sara B

      from North Central Washington

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits

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

        This lense is great for photographing kids. I do photography as a hobby and would recommend this lense to anyone.

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        • No

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        5.0

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

        By Flying Ace

        from Sparta, New Jersey

        About Me Semi-Professional

        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:

          I buy all my photography equipment from B and H because the quality of the service, customer satisfaction, knowledge of the sales associates and the plethora of excellent equipment at B and H. This lens is amazing I use it all the time now because is very sharp, the images are superb, is a light and quick focus lens that catches the best of the photograph with excellent bokeh effect. Nothing is wrong with this lens this lens is a great buy at the price for the quality and craftsmanship. I highly recommend this lens to all serious photographers that want a quick and reliable lens to shoot quick pictures anywhere. But buy it at B and H you will get the genuine Nikon lens, beware of imitations from overseas on sale on the Internet. Great buy! Kudos to B & H for the recommendation they gave me. Thanks!

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          5.0

          Love My New Lens

          By Marta

          from Ketchum, Idaho

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

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

            I can really blur out the background when I want and I have taken some nice portraits.

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            • No

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            5.0

            AMAZING BARGAIN FOR GREAT QUALITY

            By PixiePics

            from New Jersey

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            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:

              I use this product for portraits since it is at a consistent 50mm. I love the bokeh effect! I have no negatives thus far. The price for this lens is a steal for its capacity.

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              5.0

              Good lens, good price

              By The running tourist

              from Lakewood, Co

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great picture quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I ordered this lens because I have started to shoot some street photography and just wanted a better lens than the kit lens I have. It has been everything I had hoped for and can seen why people talk about getting better lens and not always upgrading a camera.

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                4.0

                Great lens for the price

                By Sam

                from North Carolina

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits

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

                  I use this for portraits mainly and I think is an excellent lens. However, I took it out and shot at a farmers market the images were amazing. It is definitely on of those lenses to have in your bag.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Lens

                  By AL

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits

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

                    I recently purchased this lens as it was recommended to me by a photographer who I am taking a beginner course from. So far I love it, and im sure the more I learn the more I will appreciate my purchase.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Prime Lense!

                    By Mrs.Fergie

                    from Fort Hood, TX

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits

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

                      I use the lense mostly for portraits. I absolutely love the background bokeh in the photographs. The only possible negative is the adjustment period to getting used to not having to get so close for a close up picture!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens!

                      By Latish

                      from Washington

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        This lens is great for all types of photography, especially portraits and close-up pictures. There is great bokeh because it can get to an aperture of 1.8! Sometimes it's hard to get images to focus, but it might just be because I need to do some more research and studying about this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Quality lens Good price

                        By Notlimah3

                        from San Diego, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits

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

                          The first day with the 50mm f/1.8G was fun at the San Diego Zoo. The shots I took through glass windows of various reptiles were beautiful. With the 1.8 aperture the depth of field was amazing. I used only my two kit lenses previously so this was a new world with bright photos in moderate lighting. Cool stuff. I was not prepared for the 75mm true crop on my D5000. This was difficult for me to use as we wandered around the zoo with subjects 15 - 30 feet away. With practice I'm sure I would better understand the image I was looking for. However, I decided to return it and go with the Nikkor 35mm 1.8 and have had excellent success with it as well. If I could have afforded both I would have kept the 50mm.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Nifty Fifty: Great Lens

                          By C.L. Hill

                          from Maggie Valley, NC

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

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

                            Love this lens. Works great with my Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera. Nice little prime (fixed) lens with a 1.8 aperture. It is small and lightweight... my new go to lens for capturing cityscapes, landscapes, etc. B&H Photo is my go to source for all my photography needs as they know why they are in business. Great products, great prices, fast, free shipping!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect Addition To My Photo Bag

                            By Cathy N

                            from Ashland, Oregon

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Short Depth Of Field

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

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

                              The new Nikkor 50mm lens has added a amazing dimension to my photos that I could not achieve with my kit lens. The short depth of field was just what I was looking for. There was however a learning curve to adjust myself to the fixed lens. If I need something closer then I move not the lens. So after a few awkward attempts I am now quite comfortable with the workings of the lens.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Fun size!

                              By Sshhhhh

                              from Colorado

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports
                                • Traveling

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

                                I enjoy the small footprint and I can swing that camera around swiftly. Took some time to adjust to not zooming a lens. Great crisp photos. Also, seems to have a warmness to it compared to my other lenses.

                                Great bang for the buck!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Nice Lenses

                                By ilmom

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Portraits

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

                                  I wanted another camera lens to take portraits and other family photos of my kids and their events...this lens was perfect and allowed me to take really great face shots.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Seems Great

                                  By Bokeh Uncle

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Professional

                                  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 gave this to my sister as a gift (she is about to have her first child). She only had a SLOW kit lens on a crop. After a short lesson or two she is taking nice indoor pics without a flash. The few hours I played with it made me glad I purchased it. After spending too much time debating the 35mm and this 50...I am glad I chose the 50!!!

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                                    • Yes

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                                    4.0

                                    Excelent!

                                    By Tim Czk

                                    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits

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

                                      Good relation price / product.
                                      Essential to improve your kit.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Gotta love this lens!

                                      By William

                                      from Santa Maria, CA

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Portraits

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

                                        Great lens for the price, very sharp with very good bokeh.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great lens!

                                        By Ana

                                        from Clarkston, mi

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

                                        I love this lens. Overall great quality with beautiful bokeh in the background. Really wish I had a lens like this sooner!

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