AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Best lens ever
This is the best lens ever. I use it for everything and have had the most amazing results. So sharp. Takes the most beautiful shots of eyes and sleeping babies. Love it and recommend it to everyone.
August 1, 2010
Best lens you could ever buy!
I got this lens a couple years ago when I found my dad's old FM2. I didn't know how good this lens was until I customized my picture control and shot in aperture priority. I don't know how old this lens is, as mine was made in Japan but hearing the autofocus was never a problem for me. For simply a $130, you get so much image quality and low light shooting capability that you'd be crazy not to get this lens. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 so if you have a camera that doesn't have an internal motor, are you willing to put with shooting in manual focus? I also love the contrast and the simple build.
Super Sharp Image Quality
Made in Japan (for mine at least, Nikon may have outsourced now)
If you have a camera like a D3200 or another entry level DSLR, you have to take into consideration that autofocus is not compatible
Feels plasticy and tacky
Is known to break fairly easily
If you don't take image quality into the discussion, this lens doesn't look intimidating or even all that impressive.
August 18, 2015
Excellent first lens for learning and value to use for years
The 50mm f/1.8D is the very first lens I bought along with my first Nikon. I tried them both out at the camera store before making my purchase. I found it to be a great first lens for so many reasons. Being an affordable fast prime lens is on top of that list. I've used it for black & white as well as color film photography. It is small and light that walking around photographing is not tiring. The filter size being 52mm makes it affordable to experiment with different filters.
Though the autofocus doesn't work with entry-level DSLR, I'm not lowering how I rate this lens for it because the 50mm f/1.8D worked with the film camera I bought with it, F5. When I got my first DSLR, it worked just fine with it too. It focuses fast and the images are sharp and clear. When I want to be more creative than what the camera does, i manually set the aperture on the lens and manually adjust the focus to infinity for long exposures.
For the price, you really can't complain about the value you get out of it. The 50mm f/1.8 is a great first lens when learning photography and provides years of use.
July 21, 2015
Cheap fast prime lens, manual focus
This lens is a steal for the money . I use it with my Nikon D3200 it only works in manual focus but it's F/1.8 aperture is great for low light conditions. I have used this lens to photograph stars, landscapes and people, a nice prime lens takes better pics than the kit lens that comes with the camera.
June 19, 2015
Wonderful prime lens
I love this lens. I use it on my d7100 and the results have been excellent. It is great in low light, very sharp, focuses quickly, and gives great crispness and color fidelity. At the price, this may be the best bargain in camera lenses, period. I highly recommend this lens for any camera with a focus motor in the camera (7000 series or higher).
June 14, 2015