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

(based on 757 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (617)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (597)
  • Easy to use (392)
  • Reliable (298)
  • Durable (272)
  • Nice bokeh (215)

Cons

  • Slow focus (14)
  • Not durable (11)
  • Weak casing (11)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Tough to attach (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (405)
  • Everyday (301)
  • Low light (243)
  • Home (194)
  • Travel (190)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (273), Photo enthusiast (127), Semi-professional (91), Semi-pro photographer (73), Casual photographer (54)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (671), Yes (52)

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

Great sharp low light lens

By Ross

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Overall great, sharp low light lens. Love having it for casual occasions like parties where i want simplicity and light weight.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have for Nikon DSLR video shooters

By Alex

from Undisclosed

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Site Member

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

If your looking for that cinematic look on your crop sensor Nikon DSLR, this is the best budget lens in my opinion. This is my go-to interview lens, open it all the way to 1.8 and get a great looking out of focus area. Attached is an unedited image from my Nikon D5500 video @ f/1.8 with Vivid image setting.

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By AE Photo

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits

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

      Great quality lens for portraiture! Must buy!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Lens!

      By AE Photo

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Portraits

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

        This lens is wonderful for portraiture! Must buy!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great Lens at a Great Price

        By ldelsonno

        from ossining ny

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

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

          The is a nice all purpose lens... light, fast, accurate and cheap. I'm very pleased with my second f1.8 lens....85mm f1.8 is the other

          I'm not sure how Nikon can continue offering the 1.4 adn 1.8

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Nikon AF-S 50mm lense

          By Photos for memories

          from wichita, KS

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Has Only One Distant Set

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio

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

          If you don't have much experience like me with SLR's and want to take good portrait pictures.
          This have been working for me, will have a lot of memories with this lens.

          if you are looking for something other then. then this is not for you.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          A Must!

          By plan-e

          from Sioux City, IA

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          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:

            What a difference a fast lens makes! On my D5100 this has been a great lens for portraiture and low light situations. Very happy to have made this purchase and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Holy cow!!!

            By Chris

            from Moosic, PA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Tight fit

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Studio

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

            I've used this product for portraits and close-ups. It's done so well for me and it's been quite amazing.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my new 50mm f/1.8G

            By Jessica

            from Lake Mary, Florida

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

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

              I recently purchased the 50mm f/1.8G lens for my Nikon! Not only was my lens here in no time, but I loveeeee this lens. It's my first non stock lens and it does just as I need it to. I take mainly portraits for clients and the bokeh is beautiful as well as the clarity. I decided on this rather than the 1.4 because of the price and the reviews. This is my new go to lens!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great Lens for the Price

              By Thomas

              from Minnetonka, MN

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Low Light

              Cons

              • Poor Manual Focus

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

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

              I purchased this lens primarily for concert photography and some family photos. It's great having a fast lens for such an affordable price. It's not as sharp as my 105 Macro, but for a fifth of the cost it's still great. It knocks the socks off my kit lens for low light work a the concerts I work. The only thing that's disappointing is the focus ring isn't what I would call smooth. Maybe there's more technology than I realize that goes into having a smooth focus ring, but I feel like that has quite a bit of room for improvement.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              A Real Beauty

              By Jason

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Professional

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Love this lens. Top quality imaging for the price; can't beat it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent lens and price

                By Logic Reactor

                from Cincinnati, OH

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Nice bokeh
                • Quick Focus
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I own a D600 and this is my go to lens for portrait shoots and indoor candid pictures. It is definitely a lens you want in your camera bag. It is very quiet, focuses quickly and it's tack sharp. For the price you can't afford to not have it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Having a ball....

                  By Brian

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have loved every Nikkor lens I have purchased and this one is no different.
                    I wanted a fast lens with the ability to capture landscapes during a sunny day all the way to pictures of the night sky in a pitch black setting. I have not been let down on this lens either.
                    No fault of the lens, but I would like to pick up a 18 or 24mm to have an wider view. The fact that it is a prime lens is nice as well, less playing around and just point and shoot as well as crisper shots.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this again, recommeded!

                    By whutchins

                    from Colonial Beach, Va

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Traveling

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

                      Great lens! Nice and light and perfectly clear!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lens for reasonable price

                      By Novice Josh

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Portraits

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

                        I'm a novice photographer who bought the Nikon D5100 with an 18-200 lens, which works great as a travel lens. I wanted another lens to use to photograph my family and friends. I tried this lens out at a friends' baby shower. The Nikkor 50mmf/1.8G lens took terrific portraits of everyone. I took the pictures indoors at nighttime so using indoor lighting. Great pics using fluorescence white balance with aperature priority. Never felt like I needed to use a flash with this lens, even with dim lighting. As usual great customer service with B&H -- lens arrived ahead of time and I got a good deal price wise.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By Paul

                        from Laramie, WY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Proper Damping
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Traveling

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

                          This is my first fixed focal lens for my digital camera. The bokeh is great, the definition is sharp, and the cost-effectiveness is good.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          50mm f/1.8G

                          By Serge

                          from Recife, Brazil

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          Great lens. Fast, sharp and nice bokeh. Just buy it!!!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Love this lens!

                          By Sky Blue 25

                          from Geneva, IL

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Portraits

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

                            Makes beautiful buttery backgrounds. Wonderful for up close and personal shots!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Very sharp

                            By Roadrunner

                            from Kansas

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Not Durable

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

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

                            Upgraded from the 50mm f/1.8D. By comparison this lens is physically larger but is very light and feels very cheap. It does take sharp pictures but can't say they are any better than before. In retrospect, keeping the 1.8D would have been fine as I just don't like the cheap feel of this lens.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (38 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens does it right.

                            By Don

                            from Dayton, Ohio

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Economical
                            • Fast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Sharp
                            • Top quality

                            Cons

                            • Not Multipurpose

                            Best Uses

                            • Children Portraits
                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

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

                            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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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