AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Superb value for a very capable lens.
I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of images I consistently get from this little lens. For the price, there isn't much to complain about. No, it's not the sharpest lens in the world when shooting it wide open - nor will it produce the best bokeh at that range - but stopped down to f/2.8-4, you'll really see it shine. It will still perform well if you need to shoot it at f/1.8, but don't expect miracles from it.
That said, you can't beat the clarity and quality you're getting for the price. If you have a camera body with built-in AF, this lens is a no brainer.
May 4, 2014
Amazing image quality at an affordable price!
I bought this lens for my Nikon D7000. I'm getting more into video so I needed a lens with an aperture control ring. With bodies like the D7000 and higher you can take advantage of the aperture control ring when using AF-D lenses. You have to enable this function in the D7000's menu. Its custom function f6.
When enabled the aperture ring will allow you to change the aperture in live view and while recording video, which is a HUGE plus for videographers. I also have the 24mm 2.8D which is another great AF-D lens. Both of these lenses are all I really need for video.
As for image quality well its sharp! very sharp. Its actually better then I was expecting. Its a little soft wide open which is to be expected. However stopped down a bit and this lens will deliver amazing detail and color. Its built quality is just as good as other D lenses. Its made of plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. It feels solid in the hand, plus its focus ring is nice and smooth with a little bit of resistance.
As for auto focusing on my D7000 its fast to find focus. Its not loud like other people complain about. I mean yeah it makes noise but its not annoying. Over all I'd buy this lens again and again.
I really hope Nikon keeps all of their AF-D lenses in production for a long time. They are small and compact plus they are affordable.
April 19, 2014
Amazing addition to the AW1 with FT1 adaptor !
This prime lens turned my AW1 into a beast. Sharpness, wonderfull low light caption and control over focusing via the manual focus ring. You just set and lock aperture at 22 on the aperture ring and the AW1 controls aperture via the FT1 mount. The focus only works on manual though, but it's no big problem. The lens is still amazing and fun to use. Maybe an upcomming firmware update might add autofocus ability ? Who knows. This is still the best bang for the buck i've had !
April 16, 2014
Best kept secret
If you honestly think you have to spend a boat load of money on a 50mm you are sadly mislead. I have used this lens on my D800 for the last 15 months. So, before you bash D800 users for using this lens, keep in mind that this glass is so sharp it will make you weep. Exactly what a D800(e) needs. Exceedingly light, fast focus, dead on sharp. This is a great walk around lens and honestly after spending money on the holy trinity and a few other lenses "pros" tell you you must have....I keep this on almost always. For the price you can not go wrong, you will be more than pleased with it's performance. Get it, you won't be sorry.
The only other 50 I like is the 50mm f1.2 AI-s, but this 1.8 is just so much more fun.
October 16, 2013
This lens is fantastic, fast, sharp and bright! A great lens to walk around with and not take up much space!
April 22, 2013
Excellent inexpensive little lens.
I have owned this lens for some time now. I do not use it often since I shoot wildlife but when I do, the pictures are always sharp with excellent contrast.
April 1, 2013
Captures great pictures on a budget!
For its price this is an amazing lens. A must have for the camera bag. The build is stable even if being made out of plastics. Also a must for anyone who wants to learn photography.
March 30, 2013
Very nice lens. We have a couple of Nikon dslrs and a bunch of mid to high end Nikon lenses including the 50 1.4 and the 35mm 1.8 and this is great value for money. Tack sharp. Nice light. Good bokeh. If you zoom and crop with raw the quality detail is still there. Quality product at the right price point. Rubber hood works very well with it. Handy to get for the $.
March 8, 2013
Cheap Lens (Pricewise) - Outstanding performance
Comparing the "D" to the "G", there is little, if no sharpness difference across numerous types of shooting.
I was shooting Outside Landscape, People, Random Traffic and other fast moving objects, Night, Long Exposure, and Indoor shots #mostly action# and Construction Shots #for work - fabrication, welding, painting in-situe#. Basically, using this as a all around walkabout.
I was using this lens on a D800E, which is a very picky camera in which I do not claim full knowledge on it's settings or tricks or quirks - I am only an amateur that is very picky about detail and results.
Before I get bashed on this review for putting one of cheapest lenses on one of the more expensive cameras - I would recommend trying it out.
At about $130 bucks, it is definitely a lens you get for the bag, unless you to pay the extra 300 for the "G" model, that has very little, if any improved results - #although looks a lot more aesthetically appealing#.
Sharpness: Actually, the "D" I found was slightly sharper.
Noise: there is noise, whirs and clicks, but for me, that isn't an issue.
General Build - cheap feeling, construction decent - but it is one of the cheapest Nikon lenses after all.
I plan on buying the BR2A Reversing Ring for some creative macros - http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Miscellaneous/2657/BR-2A-Lens-Reversing-Ring-for-52mm-Thread.html to play around with this lens, and will upload photos at a later time.
February 10, 2013
My Favorite Lens
I got this lens to use on my N2020 Film camera and then made the digital jump with a D5100. This lens is great on the 5100. Of course it is manual focus only but it takes great low light candids in bars and other situations.
Again keep in mind, if you use this lens on the 3000 or 5000 series you won't have AF but images are great and worth the extra work.
January 18, 2013
Great portrait lens and at a great price
This lens works great on FX and DX cameras. I will give you the similar focal length as a 85mm lens on an FX camera. The bokeh is very good for this price point. I get almost no distortion with this lens, which is a big plus, but the distortion can easily be fixed in software. I highly recommend this lens for it's versatility. If you have a film camera, its the perfect walking lens for it.
January 8, 2013
I didn't think it was possible to take a picture with the detail this lens offers. Switching between auto focus and manual is easy with no loss in picture quality. I will use this lens for the next 1000 photos.
December 5, 2012
Diaomond at a price of pebble
1. Low-light capability (its obvious @ 1.8)
2. Super cheap (at this price other than this you'll probably get add-on filters)
3. Sharp beyond ~f/2.5
4. Light weight (1st time I saw it, it seemed a toy lens to me :-P)
5. Great for portraits, street photography, indoor photography.
6. Auto-focus is there except for the beginner DSLR Bodies (D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 etc).
7. Manual focus is easy though takes practice.
8. Aperture ring is there (its a D-type) - helpful in many cases e.g., in movie recording or if you want macro-photography using lens reversing rings.
9. Though the body is plastic, mount is metal.
10. Doesn't rotate during auto-focusing, a relief for those who uses polariser.
11. FX (full frame) compatible, DX owners get the best portion of the lens.
12. Extremely low distortion.
1. Cannot auto-focus on the beginner DSLR Bodies (D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 etc), manual focus is the only option on this bodies.
2. At f/1.8 its not sharp, you have to step down to f/2 for acceptable sharpness, beyond f/2.5 its sharp though.
3. Shallow depth (obvious) at higher aperture.
4. A bit noisy focus-operation.
5. Quality of bokeh is horrible at max aperture - you can see the effect of straight blades - Heptagonal shaped bokeh is visible. Stopping down a bit will help.
6. If you are used to zoom lenses and using prime lenses 1st time, a reminder - you will need to position yourself with respect to your subject for the right composition.
November 16, 2012
Great little lens!
Produces exceptionally sharp images, even under low light. A very good lens indeed!
November 4, 2012
This lens has an amazing quality of image. I've bought it by its price to use with a D5100, so I can't autofocus with it. Even in manual focus I can make some great pictures. It's perfect to close portraits creating a perfect bokeh effect with is largest apperture values....
October 24, 2012
Cheaply priced to take superb pictures. Highly recommended.
I only have two lenses to carry on, a 2.8, 70-200mm Nikkor and this. This lens shows it's superiority in portraits creating nice bokeh. Might feel made out of cheap materials but light enough to travel around with my Nikon D7000, a real good match. Uses it for a D40 (of course manual only, but that's where your skills comes in) once in a while with the same good results. Can't ask for more. Great prime lens.
October 15, 2012
Amazing lens! Combined with D7000 its a match made in heaven :)
After spending just a few hours, this lens has left me spell bound. Have been looking around for a prime for a long time and am glad I got this as my first. Highly recommend this to everyone.
October 14, 2012
I was really wanting a lens that would allow me to just focus on focusing. I was never really all that into taking portraits and then I got this. I really love how well you can play with lighting and it still does an amazing job. It's a great lens and I have a blast with it.
October 6, 2012
A Must Have!!!
Just received this lens last week - my first prime lens purchase. My cat was the only one available to pose and the shots I took were awesome. Incredibly sharp, light, fast and the price cannot be beat. I ran the image through Nik Software's Define 2.0 program and there was hardly any noise, something that cannot be said for the 18-105 that came with my D90 kit. I purchased mine for $129 from Amazon and am thrilled.
April 16, 2012
You should already own this lens.
This lens is about as close to perfection as you can get. It's an incredibly simple piece of machinery that is immensely fun to shoot with. Full frame or crop sensor this lens is marvelous to use. I love using the 50 1.8d on DX as a portrait lens. The overall design is compact and light; so light that I often forget I have it on the body. This lens is tack sharp almost all the time; shooting f/4-f/8 is a dream. Understandably there is some moderate color-fringing when shooting wide open, but the utter lack of distortion and crisp, contrasty images more than makes up for a few minor quirks. Bokeh at 1.8 can be a little chunky, but most of the time it delivers an acceptably smooth depth of field. Simple, thoughtfully executed ergonomics are really a highlight of this lens. Shooting manually with the 50 1.8d is tremendously rewarding, the focus is silky smooth and faultless. The scaling is well marked and easier to read than the window style of other lenses. My only suggestion to Nikon would be to use a slightly higher quality of plastic for the body, though for the price there is little room to complain considering the performance you can get out of it.
For less than 1/10th the price of many professional lenses the 50 1.8d delivers professional images with simple no-nonsense optics. This is a must have lens for your bag.
March 28, 2012
Nikon's Best Lens Ever.
I can easily say that this is the best way I have ever spent $120. I have a Nikon D7000, and after coming from an 18-105mm kit lens, I'd trade this lens ANY day, despite the zoom in the kit lens. Because for $120 you just can't beat it. I haven't had ONE blurry picture, because there isn't one scenario in which it can't succeed. The bokeh is amazing, it has a a circular effect to it unlike Canon's.
If you are wondering if this is the lens for you, IT IS. Because I have used it in every situation, and it's been great. The only thing I would suggest is getting this len's little brother, the 35mm f/1.8. The 50mm of this lens can be a little too far in focal length at some times. But EITHER lens is a great choice, and I'm very happy with it.
March 1, 2012
It;s almost free, it is really great
You will discover for the first time that money or ( price ) doesn't mean everything. I love this lens and never expected it to be that much quality. thanks Nikon for that amazing Lens.
February 26, 2012
handy and fast
produces great images and photos have beautiful colors
February 11, 2012
desert island lens
If stranded on a desert island with only one lens, this would be a great choice. I use it far more often than my fancy-shmancy lenses.
February 7, 2012
Cheap & Fast
For a starter with low budget on hand, this lens will definitely give a decent shots.
February 1, 2012
Most for your money
This lens is fast, sharp, and for the cost, of exceptional quality. I have the f/1.4G, but there's really no detectable difference in image quality until you're under very low light. If you don't have a 50mm and need one for general photography or portraiture, it's easily worth the cost...and then some.
October 4, 2011
This is an excellent lens to take in a low light situation.
September 5, 2011
Nikon's Nifty Fifty is amazing!!!
If you don't already own this lens, you need to go buy it! It's one of the most affordable. It's also one of the sharpest. This lens is an F1.8 for a low price. It's a no-brainer! Excellent in low light. Excellent for portraits. I'll never part with mine!
August 8, 2011
Great images for the price
- super clean photos
- clean focusing
- nice bokeh
Not so nice:
- nothing really
- cheap end cap
July 28, 2011
Great Prime Lens for the money
I was in the market for a good prime lens but didn't want to spend too much for my first one so I decided to go with this one. At first, I was skeptical as it was cheap, not a AF-S lens, material seems light and cheap, and didn't seem very durable.
It wasn't till I started using it and realized its potential. This is a great lens. Shoots very crisp images with a nice blur effect in the background which helps bring your attention to the subject of the picture. It helps bring out the atmosphere of the subject matter in your photos without losing much of the image and color. It's a great lens during events, especially in a low-light environment and also a great lens for portraits and landscape. With a wide range of F-stops from 1.8 to 22, you have a wide variety of aperture to choose from to adapt to your surroundings. I now mostly use this lens for events and portraits.
The only con I have with this lens is that it's a AF lens and is not compatible with the new D3100/D5100, as well as the D3000 and D5000. I wouldn't recommend this to beginners who are using these new bodies since you have to manually focus your images. I use it on my D3100 and it takes several shots for you to get the focus right. It's also quite noisy when it auto-focuses on a compatible body such as the D90/D7000 and up. I would recommend the new 50mm 1.8G Lens for beginners since that is a AF-S lens and is very quiet when focusing. It's also compatible with all Nikon DSLRs.
Other than those cons, this is a great lens for beginners and professionals alike. I would highly recommend you to pick this up since it's quite affordable and takes excellent pictures.
All of my sample pictures were taken with a D3100 body.
June 28, 2011