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

(based on 1344 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (989)
  • Easy to use (765)
  • Reliable (577)
  • Durable (458)
  • Nice bokeh (220)

Cons

  • Not durable (23)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (7)
  • Poor design (7)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (753)
  • Everyday (600)
  • Travel (420)
  • Home (375)
  • Studio (257)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (509), Semi-professional (215), Photo enthusiast (127), Professional (77), Semi-pro photographer (73)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1080), Yes (86)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens does it right.

Nikon's 50mm 1.8G lens is one of the best photography deals out there. It is light, cheap, sharp, fast, and one of the best quality lens available. I call it my...Read complete review

Nikon's 50mm 1.8G lens is one of the best photography deals out there. It is light, cheap, sharp, fast, and one of the best quality lens available. I call it my "Grandchild Lens" because its the best thing I have for taking pictures of my grandchildren. I bought it just for that.Grandchildren are a challenge to photograph. The small ones never stop moving, and if you try to pose them they either get grumpy or try to help with fake expressions and wild positions. The best option is to get casual shots when they are playing outdoors - but that option is not always open. That leaves indoor low light, which means flash or high iso settings with my Nikon 18-200 lens. The 50mm 1.8 saves the day. If I set my iso up as much as possible without going overboard, and set the 50mm at 1.8 or 2.8 - if the light isn't too dim - the shutter speed will still be high enough to hand hold and also stop the blur from the children's constantly changing expressions.That's not all. The narrow depth of field enhances portraits and the 50mm FX lens on my DX camera gives me a 75mm focal length which is ideal for portraits in a small room. Plus - the best part is the quality this lens delivers. This is one of Nikons best pro quality prime lens - and one of its cheapest.Don't take just my word for it. Read the on line reviews. I have never heard a bad word about the quality of this lens. The obvious down side is this is only 50mm. This is not a zoom. It has limitations. It wasn't made for wide angle scenics or wildlife photography. But what it was made for it does with gusto! I don't know who designed this classic, but my guess is - they had a lot of GRANDCHILDREN they wanted to photograph.

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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

Excellent Lens

By Vic A

from Tucson, AZ

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

A great addition to my lens collection. Very good with close ups and low light photos.

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4.0

Great Value

By MattBla

from Baltimore

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

Well built lens, fast and quiet.

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5.0

An excellent lens

By Robert

from Israel

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

This is a very useful lens to own. It has a very sharp focus and since I got it I bring it on all of my shoots

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5.0

Fantastic Prime Lens

By West Coast Chris

from Los Angeles, CA

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

Using with a Nikon D5500 to shoot my kid's indoor basketball games (age 10). Fast and sharp and great in low light.

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5.0

yes, it's great!

By Ozzie

from Grants Pass, OR.

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

This is a great, very light, and sharp lens. Did I mention sharp! Sharp even wide open at f1.8. I got this lens to have an inexpensive fast lens for low light situations. I'm using it with my d750, but will work with almost any fx or dx camera. It is not VR lens, but it works with my camera's Auto ISO setting to keep the shutter speed In a range that eliminates hand held blur for the focal length of the lens. Fast accurate focus. Light in weight. Love this lens! I had a 35 mm, f1.8 for my d7000 and loved that. This just works great, too, for my d750.

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5.0

Good FX lens for my DX camera

By SCS

from CA

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

Small, light and reasonably priced. Although an FX lens, it is ideal for my DX camera.

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5.0

I love it!

By Picture Me Blu

from Philadelphia

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

Clean Crisp photos. I love it!

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5.0

SUPERB LENS!

By DC Metro Productions

from Reston,VA

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

This is a great lens for corporate head-shots and for taking pictures of models.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Danielle

from New York

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

I love this lens. It's the first prime lens I've worked with and I love the quality of it.

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5.0

A portrait lens

By Alex

from Qatar

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

I have this lens for a few months now. I bought it as a portrait lens for my Nikon D 3300. I get excellent resaults every time and with this price it is the best value for money.

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4.0

My opinion

By RDP3

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

I think the lens renders correctly, use for night photography, his response was good, but I think for the kind of pictures that ground out city, architecture, etc., would have agreed to a lens 18-50 mm, to have a better margin of choice. Either way in the range of photos you use it properly answered.

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4.0

great lens for a good price!

By diego

from montevideo, uruguay

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

very bright, great clarity and detail, and good value for money. The construction is not the best , but the price is right . I use it with my D7000 , mainly for indoor and outdoor portraits , and some urban photography , and the results are very good.
in short is the best 50mm for that price...

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5.0

I would recommend this product

By Jewels46

from Lkwd NJ

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

I got magnificent photos from this small lens. Very affordable lens and very lightweight

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5.0

Great lens, great purchasing experience

By Kgpnative

from Maryland

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

The lens was purchased after a lot of research. So it works exactly as I thought it would. The real part was the purchasing experience. Well oiled machine with adequate help, courteous behavior and efficient process.

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5.0

Best lens purchase yet

By mbee

from Chicago, IL

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

I've had this lens for about three weeks now and really got to test it out on a recent trip to the Michigan dunes. This lens is fast, accurate, and delivers beautiful shots. I haven't had any problems with this lens other than the autofocus sometimes being a little off when in low-light situations. This is an easy fix though, as I often shoot in manual focus. I don't seem to have any issues in ideal lighting conditions, however.

This lens is ideal for portrait photography as well as nature and low-light photography. However, due to the lack of VR, I'd recommend using a tripod/monopod in all conditions if you want a perfect, crisp shot.Definitely useful for both beginners and experts. Perfect for those right there in-between.

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5.0

A GREAT LENS!

By Don

from Dallas

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

This is a great lens for portraits. It will not disappoint. I was able to capture night scenes with ease once I took the polarized glass off the lens which came with the UV filter. The focusing is fast and I did not notice any annoying noise. At first the lens fit very snugly on the camera, but then went on easier after a few times. It was explained to me it is like a new pair of shoes at first. This lens will also work well for indoor sports such as Junior High basketball if you sit back from the floor. Otherwise I would recommend the 1.8 35 mm which I have too. It is better if sitting close to the floor or back 3 or 4 seats.

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5.0

Great little lens

By Deb the photo addict

from Boston MA

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

I use this lens with my Nikon D7200 to take portrait photos as well as scenes where I want a narrow plane of focus. It is small, light weight, and delivers very clear beautiful photos with pronounced bokeh when settings are adjusted properly. I highly recommend it.

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5.0

Nice for Pano Real Estate Photos

By KOno

from Prescott Valley, AZ

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

Everything I was told it would be by B&H

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5.0

A great piece of glass!

By asattlerphoto

from Oquawka, Illinois

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

This is a wonderful every day lens option. The sharpness, clarity, color rendition, and bokeh that this lens provides is better than I initially anticipated. So far my experience with this lens is nothing less than positive.

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5.0

50mm fast prime at low price

By Rickinoc

from Ocean City, MD

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

Light fast and much cheaper than 1.4g. I would only wish the diameter was larger

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