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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 overview

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An essential lens if ever there was one, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G from Nikon is the classic normal-length prime featuring a bright maximum aperture and lightweight design. Corresponding to the natural field of view, the 50mm focal length is well-suited for a wide variety of subjects, including everything from landscape to portraiture. The f/1.8 design suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables controlling the focus position for using shallow depth of field techniques. One aspherical element is featured in the optical design to minimize spherical aberrations and distortion for high sharpness and accurate rendering. A Super Integrated Coating also suppresses flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Additionally, the Silent Wave Motor affords fast, quiet, and precise autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.

Normal-length prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture contributes to both low-light performance as well as offers greater control over depth of field.
One aspherical element is used to greatly reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to achieve high sharpness, clarity, and accurate rendering.
Super Integrated Coating has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 018208021994

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 specs

Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.666
Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization None
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.84 x 2.06" / 72.1 x 52.4 mm
Weight 6.53 oz / 185 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 5.0 x 5.0"

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 reviews

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1502.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't bother on the 1.4G version First I must say I own both 1.4 and 1.8 versions. Simply put: there is no reasonable argument to go for the 1.4G version, the end. First of all, almost no difference in results when you compare 1.4 and 1.8 images. Half the price. Same plastic body (in any case, cheap enough to buy a new one if it fails). And last but not least, and here I must be honest, I'm not sure if my 1.4G copy came up flowed, but I found 1.8G to be equally fast (or faster) and more accurate AF, plus sharper wide open. Bonus (oh yeah): its lighter and smaller than the 1.4G. It's a no brainer kids. No matter if you are a pro, amateur or just starting with DSLR, you must own this lens. Along with the magnificent 85mm 1.8G, I use it 80% of the time.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer You really can't go past the 50mm 1.8. It's awesome for pretty much every avenue of photography you want to get into. If you want to capture some crisp night images, its possible with the 1.8 apperture. You can also snap some beautiful portraits with incredibly soft bokeh. This is your go to lens, definitely a game changer. There is some difficulty getting used to the set 50mm focal legnth. However, you will come to realise it rapidly improves your photography. For such a reasonable price, you really get an A+ product. I shopped around for the most effective all round lens and ended up here.I definitely recommend this product to any photography enthusiast.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent lens for fast shooting This is ideal portrait focal length on DX camera. I use it on D7100. Whenever I need to shoot in low-light or faster shutter speeds, this is an excellent choice. It does very well what it is designed for. This lens has a variety of applications when used outdoors. Why I give 4 starts is for lack of VR. what that means is that for smaller apertures and slower shutter speeds, you still need a tripod. If your shooting needs are such, then look for a VR alternative. This lens has limited use indoor, probably just portraits, because I need a wider angle. This is not a defect of the lens but just the nature of this focal length on a DX camera.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puts the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G to shame This lens puts the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G to shame and at half the price! I own both and can tell you, both lenses produce beautiful bokeh, but the 50mm 1.8G is much sharper than the 50mm 1.4G, probably due to the aspherical element. I would say the 50mm 1.8G is almost as sharp as my 35mm 1.8G - almost. I run all my lenses wide open, and the 50mm 1.4G focus turns soft unless you stop it down to at least f/2. Hey, if you need a fast low light lens that doesn't perform when its wide open, what's the point?
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AF S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G Lens by Nikon Love this lens. Amazing clarity, great focus, beautiful bokeh. I am using this lens with my Nikon D300s. Mounted on a cropped-frame / DX-format body, 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm and thus becomes a prime candidate for portrait-photography as it gives you some distance from your subject which leads to a flattering perspective. It might even be more fit for portraiture in small studios on a DX-body than a 85mm prime as it renders a larger frame from any given distance. This is an affordable prime lens and will autofocus on any Nikon body. Great value for money.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Lens Very Sharp I'm a landscape photographer but decided to pick up this lens after hearing many great things. I didn't need the 1.4 because I just wanted it to walk around and get a new perspective. This is a very nice lens, you can tell it's pretty well built even though it's plastic. It has a rear seal to protect it from the elements so you don't have to worry. The bokeh is delicious! The sharpness and focusing are both very accurate. the only real complaint I can find is that if you're using a DX camera the focal length might be a little bit on the longer side for you. If you want a normal lens go for the 35 1.8 DX. I have that as well and it's amazing.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens for the money I purchased the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G lens after a lot of research. I have not been disappointed. I got this lens with the thought of using it mainly for portraits. I have since tried using it for some landscapes as well. I am very impressed with the image quality of the photos I have taken so far. They are far superior to the kit lens that came with my Nikon D90. The lens is very fast to focus and quite sharp. If there is one downside I would have to say that at the widest aperature (1.8 to about 2.4) the auto focus does not always find correct focus. I tend to switch to manual due to this. Even given the one downside this is a great lens.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens by Nikon My first prime lens, shooting with a D3100. Chose the 50mm because of it being1/12 the equivalent of 35mm for ASP-C DSLRs. Got it for portrait work, weddings and everyday candit use. Shooting in Manual and Auto, I've gotten really good and sharp images, however in Shutter Priority @ 1/125 I was able to get tack sharp images. I can't really vouch for the low-light performance since I'm always shooting with speedlight or off camera flash. One of the main reasons I opted for the 50mm is I read it was good for full body portraits, however I was not quite prepared for the distance needed for such, however for small to medium groups it works very well.
Date published: 2014-10-23
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