AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
No camera bag should be without one.
This lens is very sharp and performs well in low light conditions. It has a nice bokeh (out of focus blur). It is full frame, as opposed to DX only, which is nice as I still occasionally use 35 mm film (normally I shoot with a D7000). Even better it has an infrared focus marking, taking the guess work out when I shoot IR film. Those of us who grew up using film appreciate the focus scale and the depth-of-focus scales. It takes a 52 mm filter, which is means I don't have to acquire a new set of filters just for it. Without doing side-by-side testing, it seems like by 55 mm AI Nikkor (macro) is a tad sharper. On the other hand, the 55 is AI, not AF, and my eyes are not as good as they used to be, so having that quick autofocus is a good thing. A word warning, close in at wide aperture (2.8 through 1.8) the depth of field gets real small. You might want to practice a bit before you need to shoot wide open in order to get a feel for what your depth-of-field is going to be. Bottom line, use this lens correctly and it will reward you with sharp subject focus and beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds.
May 30, 2011
My Favorite Lens
This lens is extremely sharp. I use it for most of my shooting, primarily portraits of people along with my D-700. The bokah is extremely beautiful when wide open. The price cannot be beat. I don't feel a need for the F1.4 when I use this because of the high ISO of the D-700. I have attached a sample shot.
May 29, 2011
must have should be the new kit lens
This is the lens that should come with camera bodies. It's fast, sharp and feather lite.
Being a prime it really helps bring out your create perspective. Must have for portraits and if you have small children you will love its speed.
I almost forgot this lens has no focus motor, meaning if you have an entry level body auto focus in not possible. however for the price and ease of manual focusing you will not be disappointed.
May 22, 2011
I am new to DSLR.. I have purchased other point and shoot cameras that just didn't cut it indoors. I purchased this lens for my D3100 and haven't regretted it... I can take pictures in the dark that turn out fantastic!! And I am not an expert by any means. The only downside is the manual focus on the D3100.. So I just have to switch back to the kit lens (auto-focus) from time to time when taking pictures of children at play...
May 20, 2011
Don't waist money on 1.4, 50mm!
If you want fast go with 1.2, 50mm manual focus,
it is a beautiful lens.
1.8, 50mm is all you need.
Do not buy Nikon Bodies that do not have internal Focus motor!
Maybe Nikon will get smart and make all of their bodies with internal focus motors!
May 13, 2011
Good lens for the price.
The 50mm f/1.8D lens is a very good lens for the price. Good fast lens that produces sharp pictures and great color and contrast. Since it is a fast lens, I'm able to take pictures in low light that I wouldn't be able to do with a slower lens.
May 7, 2011
Great lens for the money or a lot more
I bought this as a tack sharp portrait and macro lens it works great for both. Very sharp pictures with this lens. lens has gotten me some great results. I am thinking about a super wide angle lens next. So far I have remained brand loyal on all lens purchases.
April 29, 2011
This lens can produce amazing low light images as well as great portraits. I'm using it for headshot portraits in studio and outdoors and works fantastic. I do the zooming with my feet and the quality of the images is superb. I also purchased this lens for food photography in natural light (using daylight through windows and diffusers) and it opens up nicely to capture great shallow depth of field and sharpness. Its been on my D90 camera for 2 weeks straight and loving it. I use D90 primarily and D3000 as back up. This lens will work with the D3000 but only using manual focus. Also, the nice thing about using this prime lens versus a 18-55mm at full 55mm is that you don't get that barrel effect.
April 28, 2011
super fast lens!
I bought this lens a year an a half ago for my D60. I've focused manually and with steady hands picture was so sharp. The D60 has no motor on the body so, it was a little tough. But love it love it love it. Now, I upgraded to D90 and boy, auto focus was so fast. Super clear and sharp photos. I highly recommend this. I'm looking into getting a wide angle lens soon. Love Nikon!
April 21, 2011
On a crop camera it is a decent portraitist, on a full-frame will be an all-around. And absolutely best value for your money anyway!
April 18, 2011
Compact, lightweight end fast focusing, this lens has a nice wide aperture making it perfect for indoor shooting. Its other big advantage is that, on my DX format camera, it becomes a 75 MM portrait lines.
April 16, 2011
Must have for all kinds of photogaphy
Used maily for portraits at wedding, sharp, clear even at wid open. Reliable auto focus. Good value.
April 15, 2011
Very nice, fast, compact lens
I bought this lens expecting it to be good, but its great. Very fast and convenient lens. I really like Nikon products but this lens just dotted the (i) in my book. For the amount of money you pay, you get ten fold in image capturing capabilities. I recommend this lens, worth every penny. Should be in every photographer's bag.
April 15, 2011
I would highly highly recommend this lens to anyone! on a budget or not it is spectacular!
This lens is a very fun lens and is just fun to play around with. It is great for portraits and also great for just taking photos of nature or flowers.
And since it is F1.8 it is also great for low light!
You get a whole lot for what you pay for. I honestly don't think Nikon could have done a better job with this one!
April 14, 2011
My first lens - my first love
I got the 50mm 1.8D with my N80 before I switched to digital with a D90. Have collected some zooms over the years, but when I look at pics, my best pics are always from the 50mm prime. As a plus, the focal length is perfect for portraits on the smaller digital sensors (as opposed to full frame).
Now I am resigned to the fact, that if I want good pics, keep the 50mm on. If I really, really want versatility or need to go wide or closer in, then, and only then, throw a zoom on.
My N80 is catching dust, but the 50mm lives on!
April 14, 2011
This is a very sharp lens. The large aperture really allows for creative control with depth of field and easier low light shooting. It is lightweight lens that focuses fast on my d80 and has a nice feel to the manual focus. I use it for portraits on my DX camera. I also use it for lower light nature shots and still life. It has very low distortions and nice color and contrast. It is a lens that belongs in every Nikon shooters bag. It takes up no room so no excuse (unless you already have a 50mm f1.4) it is just a great to have.
April 14, 2011
Sharpness is amazing
I love this lens the sharpness and amount of detail I can capture is just amazing.
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
April 14, 2011
Great lens as long as your willing to do the legwork. Excellent value for the price, lightweight. Perfect for traveling and shooting portraits, landscapes, close-ups.
April 14, 2011
Fast, with control of depth of field
I use the lens on both a F100 body and a D70 body. The reduced field of view on the digital body makes it a good short telephoto. But the best aspect for me is being able to use a shallow depth of field. The lens is also relatively inexpensive. I use it almost exclusively when taking photos of my grandchildren. When I was younger, all I had re lenses were fast primes, but now some of the zoom lenses are f5.6 at the tele position. The 50mm f1.8 is filling the need for a fast lens for me.
April 14, 2011
AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D
I bought this sharp, excellent, fast and cheap prime for my DX D90 as mainly portrait and low light situation. It works on every recent Nikon DX or FX camera. Also distance scale is a nice feature to have. I love this lens and recommend this to anybody in photography using Nikon gears.
April 14, 2011
Solid little light lens.
Originally i had the 1.4 model that is lighter and built with less fluid movement. It was a nice beginner lense and I still have it and use it for my other Nikon. However when I purchased my 300s I went all out and made the effort for quality lenses with a good feel and movement. After I purchased my 1.8 I was so surprised at how the lense felt. Not just in my hand or in the camera, but when i was taking pictures and the controls. It was fluid and solid feel in the movement. Like the feeling you get when you close the door on a high-end auto. You know you are dealing with quality with this lens. The 1.4 model performed well enough, but because of the light materials it is build with, it does not have the quality movement the 1.8 does.
The difference is not in the movement alone, the pictures were amazing and really surprised me in difference between the two lenses. I'm not a pro photographer, so I can't elaborate on all the spec and logic behind the difference. I can only say that I love (LOVE) this lens. It is a great combo with my Nikon 300s
April 14, 2011
for a fixed/prime, lens, this is a good one to have. the bokeh is great and perfect for portraits. not great as a lens to keep on your camera, taking snap shots, because the length is too long, especially on a dx body.
April 14, 2011
Great available light lens
One evening I left a meeting and walked home via the Inner Harbor. I took photos of the water front and the boats without flash and I had a collection of fantastic photos. When I flew back home from St. Louis last year in Detroit the pilot pointed out a beautiful skyline and I photographed it and the people on the plane were amazed.
As a result of owning this lens, I am looking to purchase the 35mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.8 either later this year or next year.
April 11, 2011
I got this lens a few weeks ago. I am amazed by how wonderful and elegant the photos produced by this lens is. And the price! WOW!!!
March 31, 2011
Great Lens for the Money
I have shot about 10 pictures with this lens and can tell already it is great! Color is excellent, Great in low light, excellent bokeh. A great portrait lens for DX cameras.
March 28, 2011
Accute sharpness and outstanding beautiful Bokeh
Not since the early 80's to 90's have I even peered thru a 50mm and that was a Korean made pentax mount from the film days.Today I received my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D for my now discontinued but very good D5000. I am amazed at the sharpness and true to life angle this lens provides, and the delicious creamy bokeh. I researched the 1.4 vs 1.8 for 2 solid days and chose the 1.8 mainly because it was hitting close to 2/3rds less the cost of the 1.4.. I could not justify the small amount of light gathering capability for basically the same lens. Now maybe as my skills and I grow in photography I may find myself needing and wanting thatr little bit extra out of the 1.4, but for now this is good for me. My reason for this purchase was for my fathers wedding that he requested me to shoot, although I have never done a wedding... gotta start somewhere... However after test popping off a few I know this lens will do me and my father justice as it is a superb portrait lens and the bokeh once again is the best I have seen so far. The ability to get up close will also lend this lens a bravo for artsy type ideas, landscape, and low light, I think I like it already better than my 35mm AF-S f/1.8. I can see after firing off less than 20 photos that theres always going to be plenty of work for this little baby. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this classic frequently.
March 25, 2011
It stays on my D3100
Manual focus on my D3100 no problem.
I am getting some awesome shots with lens.
If I am shooting running kids I will go back to the kit lens for a few hours.. But I now leave this lens on the camera..
March 13, 2011
Nikons Gift to Photography Beginners
What can i say. Although I don't currently own one, I often look back at the pictures I made with this lens and wish that I'd kept it because its basically free used (100 bucks). It give you colorful and sharp images comparable to a pro level zoom at f/2.8 and stopped down its is as good as the best of them. Its lightweight and sturdy plastic construction is great. It has an aperture ring which is more than I can say for the 2 grand 24mm 1.4 G I own. If you are thinking about buying this lens and have a camera that it will autofocus on, you should buy.
March 2, 2011
Best Bang for the Buck - Period
Don't tell Nikon, but they are not charging enough for this lens. Works great with D7000 in low-light situations in which a flash would not work.
My favorite lens.
January 29, 2011
This has been a great standard lens for my film bodies in the past. I would love to see an AF-S version for my DX bodies.
Dear Nikon - Please make an AF-S version of this!
January 18, 2011