AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
This 50mm 1.8 is a great piece of glass. This on a DX body acts as about a 75mm lens. Because of this, it is a very good and affordable portrait lens for DX users. This was the first lens I bought with my D5200, and I have gotten very good and very sharp results. At times, the image can look a little soft when at 1.8 (or at least close to 1.8). I will admit that sometimes this is my fault, but there are other times I would put the blame on the lens. I do not experience a lot (or any) distortion for the most part, and very minor chromatic aberration, so there is not a lot of fixing you need to do in Lightroom. I have probably had the best results around f/2.8 and on people, animals, and plants. It can sometimes not yield the best results for landscapes because it might not be wide enough, but if the conditions are right, you're bound to get a sharp shot because this glass is very good. I would just like to note that there is no VR and there is a M/A setting which lets you use the focus ring while also being able to autofocus (comes in handy for video). All in all, it is a good piece of glass, just remember you might have to take a few steps back when taking a shot and to shoot around f/2.2-2.8 for a sharp and good bokeh shot.
July 24, 2014
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
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
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
After using this lens for over a month I have zero complaints. I've been using this on a D3200 and couldn't be happier. The switch from the kit lenses was phenomenal. Super sharp, great color, and fast autofocus. It doesn't get much better than this.
April 6, 2014
It has fast focus and great picture quality. It is small and light too.
March 21, 2014
I love this lens!
this is a great lens. It is very easy to use, and the photos come out great. I am only 14 years old and I completely understand how to use this lens. I use this with my d3100 camera, and I love how I am able to switch between manual and auto focus. I also love the depth of field it has.I would definitely recommend this lens!
March 3, 2014
50mm 1.8 G
A no brainer, just get one. On a D7100 this lens captures an amazing image in near dark conditions. It is crystal clear, handles depth of field possibilities superbly, and portraits are as good as you'll ever need. Spend $1000 if you must; for 99% of us your images won't be any better than this lens produces.
February 8, 2014
Love this lens
I'm a long time photographer, but new to DSLR. I bought this lens on the recommendation of wedding photographer. I love it. I'm using it for everything from portraits to pet photos.
February 7, 2014
Stop reading and buy it now!
Probably the best deal in Digital Camera world. Billion times better than the canon's 1.8 and as sharp as my manual focus zeiss planar.
February 6, 2014
Good even for D5000
I'm another one D5000 user using this excellent lens, sincerly I don't take care about DX, FX or crop sensor or formats, I see the photo results and I'm fine and so satisfied. Good price, nice performance, sharp images, fast focus through viewfinder, good option to manual-focus even when the automatic is swithced on, the settings in the D5000 work good with this lens and of course the automatic functions work good and excellent depending the situation or scene . Don't be afraid to get this one , 50mm is not wide angle but enough to portraits or outdoors and landscapes or scenes, you won't repent. f/1.8 or come other aperture like f/4 brings nice bokeh blur.
January 9, 2014
Fantastic Lens that packs a punch!
I just purchased this lens and used it for the first time. What an incredible lens. Take a look at this shot.
January 4, 2014
I opened the box and was surprised to find this very light lens within. The reason it was purchased was because I needed to have a fast 50mm because most of my work is with available light. I could not believe the sharpness and image quality from this lens...and the price!
December 31, 2013
Total Steal for Money
This lens is the highly recommended prime lens for every eventuality- from amateur to professionals-- best bokeh, high detailed portraits, works good on low- light situations and manages to give that tact sharp image every time you press the shutter release. This is my one and only prime lens that is very flexible in every aspect that I wanted it to cover. A perfect companion. It rarely leaves the body of my DSLR. Highly recommended. Better get one for yourself! Really worth it.
December 22, 2013
Love this little gem!
I have only had it a few days, and I am using it on my old D40. Gave the old girl some new life per say!! Photos attached are straight from the camera, no post processing, except for the b/w.
November 25, 2013
Great Features for such a small lens
I ABSOLUTELY love this lens!! I just bought it a few days ago and can already tell it is going to be my favorite lens!!
September 22, 2013
Very good lens for the money!
I was looking for a good standard lens and this one fits the bill very nicely. Only had it a few days but i'm impressed so far. The auto focus works great even in somewhat limited light.
August 11, 2013
I recently brought this lens. image quality is remarkable!!
i am so happy with the product
May 7, 2013
Size Doesn't matter...
I got this lense for almost 2 months now and got an amazing result in terms of sharpness. This is my stay on lense for my everyday adventure outdoor when an unexpectable moment captures by my D5100.
April 29, 2013
Should be the 1st lens one should buy (unless you are going for the f/1.4G)
I have owned the D3100 (my first and only DSLR) for a grand total of 4 days.
I have owned AF-S 50mm f/1.8G for a grand total of 6 hours. It is my first lens outside of the 18-55mm kit lens.
I have edited these pics in RAWTherapee in GNU/Linux
The pictures are worth a thousand words.
March 18, 2013
I Love this lens! It works great in low light & the picture quality is simply amazing! I highly recommend this lens.
February 20, 2013
For the price, a must.
If you own a crop sensor or full frame camera, this lens is amazing. On crop bodies, it can be a bit tight in some situations; but the performance is amazing. When shooting wide open the images are very sharp at the center, which is what I like a lot more about this lens than the 35mm 1.8.
February 18, 2013
5 stars and more
if you are new to a dslr wont to learn aperture settings and shutter speeds do to affect the picture u need a fix focal length lens and u have found it. this lens will make u fall in love with it like i did worth every dollor u spent on it. i use the new D3200 camera and it just makes the pictures pop with the new sensor.
December 18, 2012
This lens takes tack-sharp images even in low light situations. Jaw-dropping bokehs. Works great with DX and FX formats. Great for portraits, candids and general photography. Compact and lightweight design. An absolute must-have!!!
November 30, 2012
I got this lens 4 days ago and I just used today, it is a great lens. you can take Bokeh photos.
October 24, 2012
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