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Fast, f/1.8 compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) lens

This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (Bokeh). The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G includes Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) for fast and precise autofocus, M/A Focus Mode Switch for seamless changes between manual and autofocus operation and an aspherical lens element for outstanding optical performance with high contrast.
A sample photo showing the AF-S NIKKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's astonishing low-light shooting capability

Brilliance In Any Light

Get astonishing low light results

This lightweight standard lens is a great travel companion because you never know when a beautiful, sunny day will turn cloudy and rainy. With its fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance.

Beautiful Background Blur

Achieve more natural depth of field

Whether you're shooting portraits, food or nature—indoors or outdoors—the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings. And its 50mm focal length is perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs.
A sample photo showing the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's natural depth of field and perspect
A sample photo showing the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's tack-sharp portrait capability

Capture Every Detail

Shoot tack-sharp portraits every time

Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare, while the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's Aspherical Lens Element (AS) virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberrations, even when shooting at the widest available aperture. Pair that with Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, accurate and quiet autofocus, and you can be sure all of your portraits will be tack sharp.
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Quiet Autofocus

A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

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Quick Switching from AF to MF

When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring—M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.

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Effective Aberration Correction

Since the 1960s, aspherical lenses have been an important part of the NIKKOR lens family. Virtually eliminating coma and other types of aberration, every new addition to the lineup provides a new level of contrast, resolution and compact design.

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Reduce Lens Flare and Ghosting

Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G 4.9 5 75 75
The Most Bang For Your Buck! I am an amateur photographer that is broadening my skill set. Someone suggested to me to either try the AF-S 35mm or the 50mm. I went with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and I am so glad that I did. The way that this lens performs in low light situations is perfection. The bokeh it produces is beautiful. I have tested it on my dog and on people and the way I can easily transition on the manual settings is unmatchable for any of the other lenses I have. I can easily change the Aperture and Shutter Speed in a jiffy and the quality is consistent. I highly recommend this lens for anyone because it's so fairly priced, you cannot pass it up. June 30, 2014
Great lens I bought this lens refurbished a few months ago. I have loved the pictures it helps me create. Saved a few bucks and so far it has operated flawlessly.fast in low light completely happy with it!!!! June 17, 2014
Best Nikon Deal Available In all honestly, this is by far the best value you can find for a Nikon lens. It works with FX sensors so it can provide great portraits along the entire line of DSLRs. The quality of photos with this lens is incredible. A prime lens can cause you to focus with your feet more than some like, but I never leave the house without the lens in my camera bag. May 31, 2014
50mm 1.8G Can't enjoy enough ! NIKON -thank you very much for 35,50 and 85mm 1.8G. Finally I bought 50mm. Now I am done with lenses for a long time because I don't think that there is anything better than these three. Combination of quality, size, weight and price-nothing is better. Of course you can get 24-70 or 70-200. But it will cost you thousands, they are huge and heavy. I can't imagine being on vacation in Europe and walking around with 70-200 2.8. I would worry-lens cost as much as vacation. Two years ago I was overseas with D70 and 35mm 1.8 and it was great, never miss another lens. Now I am using D5100 and my pictures are even better. The lens balances great on D5100, you can walk all day like that and always ready for the shot. The beauty of these 3 lenses (35,50,85) is that they are compact and light and inexpensive. Also very fast. By the way - they are very sharp even wide open at 1.8(in the center), at 2.8 - sharp all over the frame, yet shallow DOF, excellent. Nikon-great job, I am very happy with the purchase. April 25, 2014
Just great! I have both this lens and the older 50mm 1.8D. I own both versions because I own two D7000's that I use for video and photography. This review will be like a comparison between the two. I'm basically just stating my personal opinions and observations. This G lens is better suited for photography. It produces slightly smoother bokeh but much nicer and rounder bokeh balls when compared to the older D version. Wide open both lenses perform well but this G version produces sharper images at f1.8~2. However once you stop down to say 2.8 or smaller then you'd be hard pressed to tell the differences. As for subject tracking the newer G lenses just stick to your subjects like glue. The SWM motors just seem to track moving subjects quicker and with better precision. The old D version is no slouch either, but once you use an AF-S G lens to track someone running or people moving around in a play then you'll really start to appreciate Nikon's SWM motor. Of course this is also assuming that you know how to properly setup your cameras AF system. I like to use 9 or 21 points in AF-C mode on my D7000. I find those modes to be perfect for moving or unpredictable subjects. As for video well Nikon has breathed new life into their older AF-D lenses. The D lenses have an aperture control ring which can be enabled and used on bodies like the D7000 and higher ( f6 in the custom menu). With the aperture ring enabled you can now change your aperture settings without leaving live view. You can also change your aperture while recording video. The aperture control ring alone is why I also bough the older D version. Overall if you don't shoot video and don't mind spending the extra money on this new G lens then by all means go for it. Also if you own a D3k or D5k series then this lens is your only option. As those bodies don't have built in AF motors. However if you do own a D7000 or higher end body then consider the older AF-D lens. Its very compact and its performance is amazing. Both lenses are great and you really can't go wrong with either one. April 19, 2014
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Will this lens work on a NikonD60 or D5100

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Yes, full functions on both the D60 & D5100.
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Does this lens works with D5000?

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Yes, the lens has a built in focus motor.
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Will this work on the new Nikon D3300 Dx camera? If so what will it be like

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Yes, it will be fully compatible. It will give you a 75mm effective field of view and excellent depth of field. It is a good portrait lens and will do well in low light situations.
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what is the sharpest aperture setting

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The sharpest aperture will be f/16. The higher the f/stop—the smaller the opening in the lens—the greater the depth of field—the sharper the background. The f/stop also affects shutter speed. Using a low f/stop means more light is entering the lens and therefore the shutter doesn't need to stay open as long to make a correct exposure which translates into a faster shutter speed. Again, the reverse is true: using a high f/stop means that less light is entering the lens and therefore the shutter will need to stay open a little longer which translates into a slower shutter speed. Provided below is a link for more information on Understanding Maximum Aperture and Choosing an Aperture: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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Need an advice.

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I recently purchased my first DSLR, D3300. I have read great comments about the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Prime Lens but now I am not sure which is best for my camera?

Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Yes, excellent lens, you will be very happy with the image quality. Effective field of view will be 52mm.
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AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and D810

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Are these lenses compatible with the D810?
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Yes, the AF-S 50mm f/1.8g is fully compatible with the D810.
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Number of filters before vignetting

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I just got this 50mm f/1.8G for my D7000 and I am looking to put on a 58mm NC filter, then I would like to step it up to 77mm for use with a graduated neutral density and/or circular polarizer (to match future lenses that I would like to get).

Will I have any vignetting issues doing NC, 58-67mm step-up, 67-77mm step-up, then one or both of the 77mm filters that I mentioned? Most likely I would only ever be using one of the 77mm filters at a time, but was wondering about the worst case scenario.

What if I ever upgrade from a DX body to an FX body?

Would it be better to get a lower quality 58-77mm step-up ring rather than the two good quality (B+W from Adorama) step-up rings that I mentioned (since I can't seem to find a B+W 58-77mm step-up ring)?
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