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

(based on 1352 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1115)

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    (211)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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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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4.0

Nikon 50mm lens

By Heather

from Undisclosed

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

I would highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a photography lens. I recently purchased it and am very pleased with it. It is a little more difficult to use than I had imagined, but does take nice pictures.

 
5.0

Beautiful Bokeh

By Northern Lights photos

from Maryland

Verified Buyer

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

This is an excellent buy for my Nixon D810. It is a great focal length for taking pics of family and kids without being too close. The Bokeh is amaking and I don't have to sacrifice depth of field for claritype of ,your subject. A must have lens for your collection

 
5.0

Must have Lens

By Baheej Saoud

from Undisclosed

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

Really can't complain about this lens. I don't know why I didn't get one sooner. Plenty sharp and plenty of good looking Bokeh at a very reasonable price. I use mine on a D7100 so I'm shooting at an effective 75mm or so, but I really needed a fast prime at this focal length. Very happy with my purchase

 
5.0

Great lens

By Beach photos

from Cleveland

Verified Buyer

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

Clear photos, no noise.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens for a good price

By Darrell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens costs a little more than the 1.8 D version but I think it excels a color reproduction.

 
4.0

Love the lens.

By E. Walton

from Anaheim, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens and great price. The lens captures great quality photos. Very happy with purchase.

 
5.0

50mm 1.8

By Mountain Man

from Undisclosed

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

So far I have been very happy with this purchase. Lens has preformed as advertised. Amazing!! I also am very pleased with purchasing through B&H they had the lens I was looking for in stock and shipped right away. Lens was in my hand from New York to California in 2 days and the shipping was free! Can't beat that? The picture quality is great coupled with my Nikon D750. Perfect combo for portraits.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE this 50MM

By Vickie

from 28078

Verified Buyer

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

I haven't used it much yet but the test shots I've taken remind why I wanted a 50MM so badly!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By Vic A

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer

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.

 
4.0

Great Value

By MattBla

from Baltimore

Verified Buyer

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

Well built lens, fast and quiet.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent lens

By Robert

from Israel

Verified Buyer

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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Prime Lens

By West Coast Chris

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes, it's great!

By Ozzie

from Grants Pass, OR.

Verified Buyer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good FX lens for my DX camera

By SCS

from CA

Verified Buyer

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.

 
5.0

I love it!

By Picture Me Blu

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

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

Clean Crisp photos. I love it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SUPERB LENS!

By DC Metro Productions

from Reston,VA

Verified Buyer

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.

 
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.

 
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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My opinion

By RDP3

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verified Buyer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great lens for a good price!

By diego

from montevideo, uruguay

Verified Buyer

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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