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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 70 70
small, light, fast and sharp Have used my 28-70 f2.8 AF-S for years. Great lens but heavy. The 50 f.18 is small, light and sharp and far more comfortable to carry around. Bought it so I could carry my camera all the time without the weight and bulk of the 28 - 70. Results with the 50 1.8 are crystal clear, great depth of field. Perfect for every day casual use. January 26, 2012
Fast, light, bokeh Great as first lens, fast and the bokeh is nice... December 25, 2011
Sophisticated lens In my opinion the best lens for still photography. Its light, compact, inexpensive and produces impressive pictures. November 20, 2011
Excellent Lense Excellent lense specially for hte price. I bought it few months ago and I have been shooting with this lense only. I am using it for following : 1. Portraits 2. Party pictures 3. Product photography pics 1.8 Aperature is great for low light. I have taken some awesome pictures in low light. November 17, 2011
Great Lense Got this lens right before my sister's wedding. I was amazed by the quality of the photo. Nice clear photo with very nice background blur. Love it! November 10, 2011
AWESOME LENS! I just got my lens today...went outside and took a few shots...it is amazing! The detail is awesome, close up and wide shots. I have a feeling this lens will be on my camera for some time!! (shooting with a D90) Can't wait to use it on a newborn shoot this weekend!! October 18, 2011
Amazing simply put I'm a photography student and I bought this lens not only to have a fast piece of glass, but to get an amazing low light lens. The nano coating and the aspherical element do exactly what they are supposed to, it prevents against CA (chromatic aberration) September 29, 2011
Great Lense I recently bought a D3100 and added the 50mm f/1.8g for portraits and general shooting. The lense works realy well with my camera. Low light shots are wonderful and closeups are clear and crisp. Great lense at an affordable price. September 19, 2011
Good Lens, Good Price I bought this lens for two reasons - 1) I wanted a DX portrait lens and 75mm equivalent is as close as I can get (prefer 85-105mm) and 2) the lens is a bargain. Optically the lens is excellent, AF is very fast and the handling is terrific. I find the focal length awkward on DX for most uses and prefer the 35/1.8G, but for a short portrait lens at a low price, this lens is unbeatable. If I shot FX, this lens would certainly get more use. September 8, 2011
Great performance for the money This is my 4th Nikkor 50mm prime. I purchased a 50/1.4G ~three years ago, but did not like it due to its lack of sharpness and contrast at the first 3 stops. Having expected a better product for the money at that time I returned it after a week. This new 50/1.8 is technically amazing! At short distances it is very sharp already at f/1.8. At longer, landscape distances, it is sharp at f/2.2. For most situations, it stays pretty consistent until f/14, and then the picture quality clearly drops off at f16. That''s a pretty large range of useful apertures set in 1/3 steps! Compared to my other 50mm lenses, it outperformes the older, manual 50/1.8, with regard to corner sharpness and contrast, especially wide open, but it does not hold a candle to the manual AIS 50/1.2 whith regard to color reproduction and bokeh. With my 50/f1.2, pictures more often turn out to be vibrant and alive, whereas this new 50/1.8 seems to produce very accurate, but also a bit sterile results. The above are my personal (non-technical) impressions. Comparing lenses solely at an objective, measurable, technical performance level does not do them justice, IMO. Each lens has its own character, and some are more suited for certain situations, motives and camera bodies, than others. It takes time to really get to know a lens, and I still learn something new about my gear even after having owned it for several years. That said, user reviews always need to be read with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, if you are in the market for a modern 50mm prime, this lens maybe is the best product for the money right now. I wholeheartedly would recommend it to my best friends. August 13, 2011
Amazing lens. Have a feeling this won't be leaving my camera for a while. Crisp photos, great in low light, all around awesome lens. August 10, 2011
Must have lens! Very sharp images. Great for indoors. a must have! =) August 8, 2011
Never Leaves My Camera This lens is really awesome; it never leaves my D5000. It is really good in low-light, but I would suggest a tripod to prevent motion blur. I hardly ever leave it on f/1.8 in the light though, because it is sort of soft, but it is really good at capturing motion. The best part about this lens that really was the selling point for me was that its pretty cheap and it autofocuses, even on my D5000! I do suggest this lens to any beginner or professional, because, being a prime, it doesn't zoom, so it helps you with composition and you have to move if your going to get closer. August 7, 2011
This lens is worth every penny. I recently bought this lens and from the moment I started snapping, I was in love. The focus is so fast and so crisp and the manual and auto focus both are incredible. The manual focus ring is really, really easy to use as well. The focus is so sharp, too. The image quality is fantastic. It's small and easy to carry with you too, which might just be something I enjoy having, but it's a bonus. This is first lens I have used besides my kit lens and I'm happy this is the one I picked. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone. It's easy to use and the images it produces are mind blowing. If you are having second thoughts about purchasing this lens - don't. It's absolutely amazing. August 6, 2011
Amazing after waiting 6 weeks for this lens i finally got it and have loved it ever sense i took it out of the box! The auto focus is smooth, quiet and quick and the depth of field is absolutely amazing! i would absolutely recommend this to a friend! August 1, 2011
Nice addition at an unbeatable price. This lens is sharp and a produces great color. You can't beat the sharpness of this lens at this price range. I am very pleased with the results I get from this lens. It sits as a great addition right next to the reasonably priced 35mm f1.8g. July 21, 2011
Simply perfect lens This is the perfect lens for portraits with exellent sharpness and really fast AF. July 10, 2011
Awesome Sharpness… Sharpens is great.. The pictures are crisp. A wonderful lens... a must have in every Nikon Camera Bag ! ! ! ! ! ! July 4, 2011
Sharp and Fast I am staying in Japan and just bought it yesterday (first day this lens released here). I took it to take street snapshots at Shinjuku the day after and here is my comments: - first, this lens is extremely sharp. It's even much sharper than the 35mm f1.8g which I also have. - the autofocus is really fast. I always get perfect shot timing without waiting for the lens to focus. - the lens is not heavy and not so light either, it has perfect weight Final words, I HIGHLY recommend anyone to own this lens. June 3, 2011
Excellent for the Price..... One of the best lens for portrait and low light photography....Still it cannot beat 50mm f/1.4 G but its value for the money..... 1. AF-S AF-S AF-S (very fast focus, internal focus, and very silent) 2. M/A mode (manual focus override available on autofocus mode) 3. Very sharp pictures 4. Great for sport/action photography 5. Great for indoor and low light situation 6. Great for portrait 7. Bokeh is almost as good as many expensive Nikon tele-lens Compared to 50mm F1.8: Fast and accurate focusing. Good Contrast. Very Sharp images Bottomline: Everyone should have this lens. I think and I am sure this lens would be hard to find. May 7, 2011
Hope Nikon's got enough to produce it fast enough This is so totally gonna be a hit. I am a D3000 shooter and I was so depressed by OLD 50 not being AF-S. I'm very excited till the details and ESP comes out. This is gonna be even more a hot cake than 35mm F/1.8 AF-s... May 7, 2011
Great Lens Again From Nikon Good But Coud Not Compete With Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens But Its Much Better Than AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D...It's a Great Lens For Area That It Is The Possibility Of Lens Crash, You Do Not Loose That Much Money, Beside The Fact That The Photo Sharpness Is Great and Could Shot In Low Lights... May 1, 2011
Good things come in small packages!! An incredible lens for a can't be beat price! Absolutely a *must have* in your gear kit! Pin sharp & fast! January 3, 2014
BUY THIS LENS. Perfect lens if you want to upgrade your 18-55mm kit lens. Very affordable. Has amazing blur and exceptional picture quality overall. March 18, 2013
Everyone should have one When I bought my D600, I also purchased a 50mm f/1.4G along with several zoom lens. I wasn't at all impressed with the f1.4G and returned it. It was slow to focus and just not as sharp as I expected it to be, especially for a $500 lens. My camera salesman suggested the cheaper 50mm f1.8G instead and after reading several reports on it, I bought one. Very nice results, very fast to focus, very sharp, great in low light and easy to carry around. A bargain as well. No regrets! February 16, 2013
Excellent lens There are different Nikon lens which they are usually pricey. The 50mm f1.8 is one of the awesome with very reasonable price. At the beginning it's a little bit hard to make a good composition if you are Tel lens user (some back and forth needed). but after getting use to it is awesome. very sharp image. August 23, 2012
Excelente para fotografar em qualquer ambiente Lente perfeita para levar para viagem; leve e não necessita muita luz ambiente para ter uma imagem perfeita. Qualidade da imagem impressiona. October 30, 2013
Uma ótima lente Fotografo eventos sociais e ela me serve muito a esse proposito, tanto para fotos de retratos como detalhes. Não é uma lente muito recomendada para Macro, mas excelente para ambientes com pouca luz e quando se deseja fazer efeito Bokeh de forma rápida e versátil. Praticamente uma lente obrigatória para qualquer usuário Dslr Nikon. July 26, 2013
EXCELENTE RESOLUCIÓN Y BOKEH A grandes aperturas sigo notando gran definicíon en todo el fotograma, la uso con una D7000 que es formato DX, pero igualmente me sorprendió su calidad óptica. May 30, 2013
good walking lens So, I'm not one to buy prime lenses even thought they are faster lighter and usually cheaper. I went ahead and purchased this lens to not only help me in low light indoor situations but also the weight of this lenses really justifies the purchase to me. The image quality is great but expect some vignettes when shooting from f-1.8-4. Great for family images. The auto-focus is extremely fast and quiet as well. Over-all, great lens September 15, 2013
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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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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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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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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-Simulator/simulator.htm
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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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The D700 has an internal focus motor, whilst the D60 doesn't. Whilst this doesn't effect this lens, if you brought an older lens like the Nikkor 50mm or 85mm 1.8D you would not be able to autofocus with the D60. Also remember that the because of the 1.5x crop of the D60 you will have an equivalent focal length of 75mm (50mm) or 127.5 (85mm).
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Is the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G compatable with the d3100?

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Does this lens have the motor in it, so will it autofocus on the d3100?
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yes any nikon lens that has AF-S can autofocus with your camera
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Yes, full functions
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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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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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