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

(based on 1408 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1163)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (219)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (4)

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

must have

By Russell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Cheap, fast, good DxOmark, not as loud as the D, not as pricey as the 1.4 (previously owned)
Quiet vs the D using camera motor....better for taking pics of babies! :)

 
5.0

Good Lans

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is sharp .

 
4.0

Excellent lens for the money.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent lens for the money. Makes a great portrait lens fit DX cameras.

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5.0

Amazing lens for my D7100

By Rbrett

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

While I have not used this lens a lot yet, I am loving it.

 
5.0

50mm vs. active 3 year old

By Aaron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Shot on Nikon D7200.

My first shoot with this lens was a father and 3 year old daughter indoors and outdoors at a wildlife preserve. Exposure and focus challenges for an active child in low (indoor) and bright (cloudless day) light was no problem. Shooting wide open produced little aberrations and around f2.8 to 3.5 was about perfect.
The bokeh is nicely spherical and not heptagonal or warped, and quite smooth.
For just over $200, this prime lense is hard to beat.

 
5.0

Would buy this and any nikor lens in the future

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The NIKOR 50MM lens is a versatile lens, great for up close head shots and portraits. Used it at a wedding recently, and with the f/1.8 feature, didn't require the flash.

 
5.0

I would recommend for people honing photography skills

By Rebecca

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is perfect for someone shooting sports or activities indoors. I took it with me to the rodeo and I LOVED my arena shots. I really wish it zoomed, even a little, but it doesn't, so you learn how to make due. I have been testing it in all different types of situations and I really like that I can snap sharp images even while walking! Perfect for working with kids who don't stop moving!

 
5.0

Indeed a must have...

By Kathy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Just as described, this is a wonderful lens to have for multiple uses. Versatile with wonderfully sharp images.

 
5.0

Great versatile lens!

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is what I have been looking for to help round out my equipment. Small and compact that shoots crystal clear photos.

 
5.0

Must have

By Megan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Not sure how I lived with out a nifty fifty. It's my go to lens

 
5.0

Excellent lens!!

By Xavier

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm starting in photography and this lens is great for what I'm looking for. Great pictures for the lens price!

 
5.0

Best lens for its price

By Alexandramaria

from undisclosed

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

Amazing images!!!

 
5.0

Def a good buy!!

By Latisha

from undisclosed

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

Takes amazing and super crisp and clear photos!!!

 
5.0

Such a steal

By Andrew

from undisclosed

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

Bought this for my son and am extremely pleased with the results. Nice sharpness and really impressive color capture. At this price could not ask for more.

 
5.0

I recommend this lense to every non professional photographe

By Sal

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lense, glad it bought it. My now go to lense

 
4.0

Nice (and light!) lens!

By Nilsjohan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice and light lens! I feel it's sometimes tricky to get sharp focus on my D7100, but that could just be me being new to an f/1.8 lens! The autofocus is fast, and I just love how light and convenient of a lens this is, yet it feels durably made.

 
5.0

This lens won't disappoint!!!

By Gwendolyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens was a must have from the moment that I knew I was buying a Nikon. The pictures are nice and crisp and the bokeh it creates is wonderful. A must have for amateurs and professionals!

 
5.0

Great Lens.

By Jordan

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is a wonderful lens. I love the depth of field, and low light capabilities.

 
5.0

Amazing Lens!

By Pedro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use the lens with my d3200 and I truly love it. I am not a professional photographer by no means but the quality of the shots are definitely noticeable from my kit lens.

 
5.0

Would buy again

By Linda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens and price point.

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