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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 79 79
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
gran objetivo,imprescindible 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
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
Great Lens, Great Price Here's a list of pros and cons for me. PROS: -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 CONS: -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
love it! 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
First Lens 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
Beautiful lens at a great price This was my first lens I used digitally on my D90 when I made my transition from film. The sales rep told me its a great lens for portraits, and they was right! But the quality doesn't just suit portraits as you can see from my sample photos. Pros: very good lens for the price, great quality, beautiful depth of field and awesome in low light situations Cons: my previous lens was a zoom, so I am still adjusting on framing without dancing around to get the perfect distance. But hey, I asked for a fixed lens and a beautiful fixed lens I bought! May 14, 2013
Buen lente para Comenzar a Experimentar como Nvato en una FX! Tiene una calidad muy buena, enfoque rapido, luminoso, un gran objeivo fijo a un precio bastante economico, ademas genera un buen Bokhe March 8, 2014
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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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what lens?
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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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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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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-Sim...
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what will the focul length be on a DX body?

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It will be a 75mm equivalent.

50 x 1.5 = 75

This is how the question should have been answered in my opinion. Nikon needs to stop being lazy and actually answer; and show how they got that answer.
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The focal length is same as it is on a DX body, it does not miraulously change, however, the its the angle of view that will change. Just multiply the focal length by 1.5 and it will give you field of view of the relevant focal length on FX.
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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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Will AUTOFOCUS work with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens on D3000 camera?

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Autofocus is not compatible with D3000 when using AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 D lens... need to know if AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G autofocus is compatible with D3000.
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Yes, this lens is fully compatible with the D3000.
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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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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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