AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
Running it at about 75mm on a DX camera. It is a sharp fast lens that works decently indoors without a flash. Don't miss it not having VR either as with the f1.8 lens it is quick enough in most situations you won't miss it.
Everything I read so far was right. You do need a fixed focus lens for your first DSLR and this is a great one for the money.
January 5, 2015
This is problably best money spend on lens ever
Coming to prime lens which is a further extensive decision that i took, I got stuck with lot of options. There are too many prime lenses available and was unable to find the best one suitable for me. I have gone to many reviews and recommendations through out the net finally i purchased this lens. What can i say.. its so awesome for street photography and Bokey is just Bockelicious..! (sorry my spellings are wrong)
The lens is very fast and very compatible with my D7100.
The AF speed good and decent, and it can be overdrive anytime- I found this more useful feature - better than 1.8D. Sharpness is good wide open and excellent from 2.2 and up- the tested copy of 50mm G's on SLR gear site must be a lemon copy ( also at 2.2 has little less vignetting and bokeh fringing), contrast is very good wide open and it's not hazy(!) like in other primes wide open apertures. It' renders good natural colors with neutrall feel in them perhaps little towards warm side and not very ''cold'' looking ( at least on my copy). A lot of people say that 50mm is useless on dx- I don't agree on this I think this is totally fine focal length on dx !
January 4, 2015
AF-S NIKOR 50mm f/1.8 G Great great lens
Works with D50, great lens, good for indoor low light. Happy with it. recommend it.
December 2, 2014
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
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
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