AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
I have had this lens for over a year now and I rarely take it off my D3100. While sometimes 50 mm is too long for what I am shooting, I somehow always manage to get the image I am looking for. This lens works under all circumstances. I have used it through a variety of things - from taking pictures of soccer games to homecoming pictures to lovely images of nature and wildlife and great portraits. The bokeh is fabulous and this lens works like magic in low light conditions. For the quality of the images and the quality of the lens, I think at $219 this lens is a steal and is a must have for any Nikon user.
October 15, 2012
Great Lens! Worth The Price!
I took photos at a private candlelit dinner party two days ago and had an awful time taking photos because the aperture on my other lens only goes to about f/5.6. I met a photographer at the party and he recommended this lens. I bought it today and have been testing it out, and it is probably going to be the only lens on my camera body for a while! It's a great price, not too expensive. Also, it will be great for portraits. Very sharp, nice bokeh, GREAT lens!
September 18, 2012
i wish it featured with VR but still like it its cooooooool
August 24, 2012
This is a excellent prime lens at good price!!!!!!
August 4, 2012
Forget all other lenses
I have been absolutely and madly in love with this lens. The moment you would put it on your camera, you wont want to use any other lens. If you own a Nikon DSLR and do not have this lens, then believe me you are at loss. It works equally good on entry level SLR like D3100, D3200 or D5100 and the picture is as crisp and sharp as taken from a pro camera. Look at the sample pictures i have posted. I am not a professional photographer by the way.
July 13, 2012
Love this lens
Is it possible to be in love with camera equipment? I think so. Recently upgraded from a D60 to a D7000 and wanted a good lens to use for family portraits and at the gym where I volunteer to shoot at different events. Yesterday I took it to the gym to photograph some youth Hockey players training for the up coming season. All the photos came out fantastic.
July 6, 2012
Great for Macro Photography
I bought this lens solely for doll photography, but on occasion I do use it for people and portraits. The picture is really crisp and clear, and the bokehs I get from this lens are absolutely amazing. And, the clarity is still consistent even under low light settings or being indoors. Not a lot of grain like my standard kit lens.
I use this lens on a Nikon D5000, so unfortunately AF doesn't work, but it's only a minor drawback, and I enjoy working with MF anyway.
June 14, 2012
Awesome lens for the price!
I just got the lens for an event. Awesome, handy and light. Very reasonable price with all it's features!!!
May 18, 2012
One stop sollution
I have brought it on November,11. Believe me u cant expect anything better than this with in this price. Its just awesome. The lens is so sharp and quick that you would not like your other lenses after using it. It is something that will fulfill most of your needs. That's why it is one stop solution to me. I can bet its one of the best lens Nikon has ever came up with.
March 15, 2012
GREAT LENSE...MUST HAVE
Very sharp images. Great for indoors.
I am using with D80 amazing...
March 8, 2012
i had a hard time trying to locate this lens. I've looked on amazon b&h photo etc even local stores and nobody had them in stock! this was in Jan 2012. the best buy here had it on display but had nothing in stock, even looked for other Best Buy stores in the area that would be able to have it shipped to me, no deal. so i asked if i could buy the display model (it was in a glass case, and he said nobody ever takes them to touch them or try them on cameras). sales person said yes, i can buy it. made my day. came with all the paper work, warranty bag, box hood etc... so far within the 2 months I've had it i have taken some amazing shots, pretty fast lens, super sharp when stopped down at 2.8-3.2, for the price, you really can't beat it. i also own the 35mm 1.8, which i also love, it was my favorite lens till i bought this one. for the price... you can't go wrong. if you want bokeh, this is the lens, its almost obnoxious. i have it on a D5100 body, I'm not a pro... just an enthused hobbyist.
March 2, 2012
Better Than Expected
This lens was recommended to me by my friend after I was complaining about shooting in low light for indoor sports. It is very inexpensive, so I bought it. I love this lens. It is so useful, and it has helped me produce some phenomenal pictures in low light. The depth of field has a very large range, so it is very versatile. The build is good, nothing special, just a standard plastic structure. The autofocus is accurate and fast; perfect for close-up sports. However, I use this lens now for so many other things like nature and other stills. Love it!
February 6, 2012
Great Beginner Lens
I bought this lens for my Nikon D3100. Excellent sharp and fast. I have used this for 6 months and i absolutely love it. Would recommend for anyone who is beginner in photography and interested in their first prime lenses.
February 5, 2012
must have in your camera bag!
great little lens sharp, fast focus, and great performer in low light
February 2, 2012
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
In my opinion the best lens for still photography. Its light, compact, inexpensive and produces impressive pictures.
November 20, 2011
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 :
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
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
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
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
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
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