AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
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
Simply perfect lens
This is the perfect lens for portraits with exellent sharpness and really fast AF.
July 10, 2011
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
Solução dos meus problemas
Esta 50mm além de me dar lindas fotos ainda reviveu o mágico habito de fotografar com lente fixa, ter que se mover para enquadrar a imagem. Usava um zoom 4.0 e perdi ótimas fotos por falta de iluminação , com essa 1.8 isso não ocorre mais.
Uma lente leve, clara e rápida no foco.
March 25, 2015
Valeu cada centavo
Uma lente rápida, boa para fotos a noite ou com pouca luz, fotos de rostos, flores. Excelente em relação ao custo benefício.
February 11, 2015
pensaba comprar el 1.8D ,y sinceramente creo que este le supera con creces el bokeed es mucho mas suave y atractivo a la vista y el efecto estrella en las fotografías nocturnas resulta sorprendente ,junto al 35mm 1.8G ,se me hacen dos objetivos imprescimdibles y con una calidad /precio que pone a disposicion de los aficionados opticas de pro
August 21, 2014
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
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
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.
February 16, 2013
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
Solid prime lense
Awesome performance at such price. No essential flaw. Great resolution as long as focus properly.
It is versatile, but no outstanding personality.
Two aspects of dissatisfaction.
1. focus shift occurred one year after bought it.
2. severe chromatic aberration at strong back light.
August 28, 2014
Great Lens, Great Price
Here's a list of pros and cons for me.
-it's cheap! (I'm 17 and just starting my photography career.)
-it's autofocus. personally, I wear glasses and I'm terrible at focusing, so it's definitely helpful. I like that it has the manual focus override though. meaning, you don't have to fumble with the switch if you're trying to quickly change your focal point.
-f/1.8 aperture is BEAUTIFUL. I looove the blurring of the background you can get with it
-it's small and lightweight
-it's a fixed focal length, so you can't zoom. I'm personally very fond of zoom lenses.
-use of a tripod is strongly recommended with this lens, making it potentially difficult with certain subjects
-it will pick up on movement
NOTE: you can not control the aperture from the lens itself, you have to do it from your camera setting. (I find this to be a pro, because I think it's quicker and easier)
August 12, 2014
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
I have been waiting on this lens for MONTHS + Months. I'm so excited to finally have it!! It works wonders outdoors. I don't have a speedflash (next investment) so indoors I tend to get blurry pics because of the low shutterspeed required for the depth of field (2.8 and lower). However, this is worth every penny.
You can still get amazing photos at higher fstops.
January 18, 2013
I bought the Nikon5100 without the lens that comes with it and instead bought this one. It pretty much does all the work for you. Keep in mind it does NOT have any zoom function. I am looking for a 2nd lens with zoom capabilities but this lens is great for a 1st time user.
May 19, 2012
Fun and Versatile
Just got this lens about a week ago and I couldn't be happier. Autofocus is fast and snappy and most importantly, the lens is pretty darn sharp by f1.8 already. A minor con would be the cheap plastics used, but the pros more than make up for it. In conclusion, this is a great update to the older 50mm f1.8D lens and I look forward to many years of shooting with it.
November 26, 2011
Very sharp lens and excellent for the price!
Ever since I bought this lens I have been very happy with it! Works very well and you can't beat the price/performance. Very sharp and is amazing on the D7100! Also I have been using it on my F65 SLR lately!
Just buy it already!
One thing I don't like is the Color Fringing. Can be removed in post very easy though!
April 19, 2015