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NikonAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens
 
4.7

(based on 2108 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1563)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (495)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1707)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1563)
  • Consistent output (1136)
  • Easily interchangeable (1031)
  • Durable (685)

Cons

  • Tough to attach (162)
  • Weak casing (148)
  • Slow focus (126)
  • Blurry focus (46)
  • Difficult to clean (19)

Best Uses

  • Low light (1003)
  • Night photography (846)
  • Weddings (610)
  • Landscape/scenery (468)
  • General purpose (461)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (581), Semi-pro photographer (365), Enthusiast (334), Casual photographer (231), Semi-professional (146)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (993), Yes (84)

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

 

Ok for the price, but soft below f4

I bought this lens when I bought my D600. The kit lens that came with my D600 is sharper than this lens is. I shoot fashion, beauty and portraits and when I use...Read complete review

I bought this lens when I bought my D600. The kit lens that came with my D600 is sharper than this lens is. I shoot fashion, beauty and portraits and when I use this lens I usually shoot at 1.8-2.8. Unfortunately, it's not sharp when opened up that wide. I'll be getting the 1.8G to replace this "thrifty fifty". Although this lens is inexpensive, my advice would be to use the $[$] that you'd spend on this lens and put it towards buying the 1.8G version instead.

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5.0

Excellent product for the price.

By JRC

from Colorado Springs

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

I am using this lens on a fully manual SLR. It has excellent sharpness throughout the exposure range. The lens produces wonderful shallow depth of field allowing for excellent effects in portraiture and "macro" photos. It has become my "go to" lens for general everyday photography and seldom leaves the camera.

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5.0

Great addition to my bag

By TX shooter

from New Braunfels, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

Been buying FX lenses like this one for my D7100, happy with results. If and when I move to FX bodies, I will have lenses for it.

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5.0

For portrait

By Delsy

from Orlando, Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

Excellent lens and at awesome price. Works great in low light.

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5.0

Little Giant

By Picture That Dre

from Washington DC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

    Daily use lens for my second camera. So small, but gives a sharp brilliant photo every time.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Patrick Sage

    from Chicago

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

    I'm using this with an adaptor so the aperture and focus have been used quite a bit, and it has been fantastic

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    4.0

    Loveeeeeerrr

    By A

    from Va

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

    The pictures are so crisp and clear.

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    5.0

    Love this lens!

    By SJDPhotog

    from Newmarket, NH

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

        Love this lens! It is everything I expected and more. I would highly recommend this lens if you are looking for a lightweight lens with a shallow depth of field.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Little Lens

        By Amber

        from Dallas, Texas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

          This lens is crisp, quick and easy to use. It is by far my favorite lens in my kit. Highly recommend! Big bang for the buck!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I love this lens

          By Whit

          from Medford

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

          I can't wait to buy more

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          5.0

          Nifty 50mm

          By green thumb

          from afton, WI

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

            I use this lens mostly for outdoor flower images. It is easy to use, and fits well into my full camera bag. So it is always with me.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Sav

            from CA

            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

            Really nice lens. Has great light sensitivity and the pics look amazing!

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            5.0

            Awesome Lens for my Film Camera

            By Alex

            from New York

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Film Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

              I have a Nikon d5300 and I was not aware that this lens would not autofocus on me d5300. I decided to use it on my Nikon FM10 film camera and I'm very happy about the purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              B & H is the best!

              By MargieR

              from Morgan Hill CA

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

              I received this new product in perfect condition and faster than expected. It is perfect.

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By Doug

              from Merrimack

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

              Nice sharp focus.

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              4.0

              Great lens for the price

              By JPAPhoto

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Tough To Attach
              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                Great for people starting out who want to take quality portraits with better depth of field. Slightly difficult to attach.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Its perfect

                By Bob5499

                from Richmond, VA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    Just what I needed, perfect in low light

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love it...

                    By Ron

                    from Wilmington De

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    Really pleased with lens. Used it at Longwood Gardens Christmas show indoors and outdoors was very pleased. Started at 7 pm no flash.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp!

                    By theeleven

                    from South Bend, IN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    Look at how sharp this thing is!

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                    5.0

                    nice lens for not much money

                    By joer

                    from northern illinois

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    Sharp, light and a pleasure to use

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                    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Great Images but has loud motor and does not mount easily

                    By ProfessorX31

                    from Laurel, MD

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus
                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

                    • Street photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    I use this product for street/event photography and have been happy with the image quality so far. I've been shooting with this since May and only have a complaints. First, the auto-focus motor is really loud on this thing. Second, you really have to push this into your frame hard in order to get it securely attached. I had this thing fall off of my Nikon D7200 frame twice and have been pretty obsessive about mounting since.

                    Honestly, if you've got a little extra cash, I would go with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens.

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                    • No

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