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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 84 84
Great Lens! I was deciding between the 1.4 and the 1.8. After reading many reviews, I picked this lens, didn't disappoint! October 14, 2014
Love this lens! I'm new to the DSLR community so I did some research on what lens would be the best fit for my needs...mainly taking photos of my nine month old. I'm so glad I chose this lens - the photos I've taken with it are beautiful. I still have a lot to learn so I can't wait to see everything this lens is capable of! September 21, 2014
Fastest Lens Ever This lens is very fast and very high response. Every photographer had this lens. September 16, 2014
Little lens, big output I love this little lens. It's great for portraits and night photography because of its f1.8. I also love it for its size. It's nice and light when having to carrying it around on a day-long shoot. August 26, 2014
Bokelicious It is a very fast lens with some excellent Boke(h). AF is fast and smooth. if you want a relatively inexpensive lens for everyday shooting This one is a winner & should be in your go to bag. August 22, 2014
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will this lens work for d90?

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Yes, it work with most of the Nikon DSLR cameras
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Yes. I have already combined my D90 to AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. Excellent results!
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willl AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G work for d90?
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what lens?
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i want to know the price of " AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G " lense in India

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got it 11721/- including shipping from flipkart...
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You can get it for 12750 in Bangalore at Whizz.
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13,750 rupees
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Please visit Nikon global site for more information regarding other countries. www.nikon.com.
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Will this lens AUTOFOCUS on the D5100?

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sorry to be redundant, i know you have said it's compatible with the D5100, but I want to be sure that is true for AF as well as manual. Thanks.
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Yes i am using it on D5100 and it does autofocus on that.
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From what I know all AF-S lenses has a built in focusing motor so they will focus on the d5100 even though it doesn't have a focus motor built in camera body.
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If you want to learn more about which NIKKOR lens types will work on which Nikon camera bodies, check out this article: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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Since the lens has the autofocus motor built-in all functions are possible when using it with the D5100.
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AF-S? What's it indicate?

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When 'AF-S' is labeled on a lens, what does this really mean? That it's recommended to use Auto Focus-Servo? When taking photos?

Was just curious - Thanks in Advance!
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If you'd like more information about AF-S lenses and the other designations on NIKKOR lenses, check out this article: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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AF is Auto Focus, the S is for Silent Wave Motor, The focus is controlled from the camera and the SWM is run on a focus cam inside the lens.
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Auto focus-silent wave motor (built in lens motor)
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is this lens compatible with my d5000?

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I want to buy either the 1.4 50mm or the 1.8.
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Yes, it will work just fine
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Yes, you can use both the AF-S 50 mm f/1.8g or the AF-S 50 mm f/1.4g

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The D5000 is compatible with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. The D5000 has a DX format sensor and this lens is an FX lens. The D5000 would be able to auto focus with this lens due to the lens' autofocus motor. To see the effects of the DX and FX combination, please see the lens simulator: http://static.nikonusa.com/Lens-Sim...
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what will the focul length be on a DX body?

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It will be a 75mm equivalent.

50 x 1.5 = 75

This is how the question should have been answered in my opinion. Nikon needs to stop being lazy and actually answer; and show how they got that answer.
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The focal length is same as it is on a DX body, it does not miraulously change, however, the its the angle of view that will change. Just multiply the focal length by 1.5 and it will give you field of view of the relevant focal length on FX.
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Auto Focus Issue with D90

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I just recieved my AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and my D90 is not recognizing the lens in auto-focus mode. It functions manually - but controls blank out when auto is set. Is this a specific compatibility issue - if so - what are recommended troubleshooting steps. Thanks
 
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This is brand new out of the box - all contacts are clean. Swap lenses with frequency between stock lens and 300mm zoom with no issues to date on the 2 current lenses in weekly use.
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To start with make sure all the contacts between the body and lens are clean.
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Will AUTOFOCUS work with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens on D3000 camera?

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Autofocus is not compatible with D3000 when using AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 D lens... need to know if AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G autofocus is compatible with D3000.
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Yes, this lens is fully compatible with the D3000.
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35mm Vs 50 mm

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I own Nikon d3100 with Kit lens. I am planning to purchase my first Prime lens. I can not decide between the afs- 35mm 1.8 and af-s 50mm 1.8.
I was wondering weather they differ in sharpness and quality or it is just the focal length.
If not,Which one can make better Bokeh?
and what is the advantage of each and which is more recommended.
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I have both but use a DX body, the 35mm is great on a DX body as its a DX format lens, the 50mm works great on an FX body, Its an FX format too, but if you put an FX lens on a DX body, you have to multiply the 50 by 1.5 and come up with a focal length of 75, they all work great but I think an FX lens on a DX body better than a DX lens on an FX body. As far as sharpness and quality, I say they are the same, I dont know about which one to buy first but I have both, bokeh has been the same on both.
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1) According to DxO labs tests, on the D90 (they have no data regarding the D3100) the AF-S f/1.8 G 35mm reaches 42 lp/mm and 50mm 1.8G only 39; but the 50mm has slightly less distortion and chromatic aberration. On real use these lenses have similar sharpness (they are both *excellent*) when used on DX bodies like your D3100 (on FX bodies the 50mm has a clear advantage).

2) Longer lenses have better out of focus background. The bokeh *quality* of them is similar, but the 50's is a bit smoother due to the longer focal length.

3) There isn't an "advantage", they are actually quite different. One is longer, the other is wider. If you intend to have an "all rounder" prime DX lens, than the 35mm is more appropriate. If you intend to do mostly portraits, the longer 50mm has more out of focus background.

4) The real advantage of these primes over zoom lenses is the large 1.8 aperture, excellent for low light necessities. But if all you care is bokeh, the AF-S 55-200 VR actually has better bokeh than *both* - for less money. Both attached pictures were taken with a D5000 and a 55-200vr lens at 200mm @ f/5.6, 1/200 shutter speed, ISO 200.
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no but u still have the crop of 1.5
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No, beautiful lens, tack sharp, great bokeh.
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