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Classically styled, lightweight and fast f/1.8 FX-format prime lens.

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With its updated classic exterior design and feel, outstanding NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is the perfect match for the Nikon Df and anyone who appreciates the feel of a classic lens. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture renders beautifully blurred backgrounds and maximizes low-light performance, and its 50mm normal perspective is ideal for everyday shooting. And despite its classic styling, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is a fully modern NIKKOR lens with Nikon's advanced technologies, like Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, nearly silent autofocusing with seamless manual override. Well suited for travel and everyday applications, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition will be your go-to lens for great shots.
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Silent Wave Motor
Photo shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, of a stone house on a hill

Brilliance in any light

Fast f/1.8 aperture for superior low-light performance

The lightweight, compact AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is a great travel companion, especially when you need to freeze fast action or if a bright sunny day turns overcast. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture makes framing and focusing easier, and allows for high shutter speeds and full exposures under dim lighting conditions.
Photo of a watering can filled with a plant, shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens

Beautiful background blur

Natural depth of field and attractive bokeh

When shooting wide open at f/1.8, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition renders beautifully blurred backgrounds (bokeh). Make a tack-sharp foreground subject stand out against a softly blurred background, a capability especially well suited for portraits. The lens' 50mm focal length (75mm on DX-format cameras) approximates the angle of view of our eyes, perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs.
Photo of a boat's bow and a rocky shoreline in the background shot with the Nikon Df and AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens

Outstanding performance

Advanced NIKKOR optics and Nikon lens technologies

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is a remarkable blend of classic exterior styling and modern optics and lens technologies. Its focus ring features the easy to grip knurling/hatching from classic manual focus lenses, while its autofocus system uses Nikon's innovative Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, near silent precision focusing. SWM also allows for seamless manual focus override when fine adjustments are desired. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition will give you years of brilliant performances.
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AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition 5 5 2 2
EXCITED! I have only had this lens for a few days. Have only played with it a little, with very favorable results. Photos were really sharp. I am excited to do some serious portraits with the grand children. February 28, 2014
Great features in small package this is sweet lens with fast autofocus, and very sharp with sweet BOKEH, don't hesitate to get this lens you won't regret period, December 15, 2013
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FX in DX Crop Mode whatbdose this mean

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DX lenses are optimized for DX format cameras, which have smaller sensors than FX format cameras. When you put a DX format lens on an FX format camera there is not enough light transmitted through the lens to fill the entire FX sensor. Switching the FX camera to DX Crop Mode will crop out the unused portion of the sensor to prevent vignetting. More info on DX vs FX can be found here: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An....
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can you tell me what counry in this lens made in

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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operates to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture, we cannot make a blanket statement about the country of origin of a specific type/model of camera.
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D5000

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Does this work on the D5000 Bodies?
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The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens will work with the Nikon D5000. The lens is an FX type where the D5000 is a DX format body. Please keep in mind the following information about FX vs. DX: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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D3200

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Will this work with the D3200? Also, with the DX sensor, and the lens being FX; is it still 50mm?
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The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens (product 2214) features Nikon's Silent Wave autofocus motor and will autofocus on the D3200. For more information on choosing lenses for the D3200 see: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...

On a DX camera this lens will have an angle of view equivalent to a 75mm lens on an FX camera. Manual focus is achieved by rotating the focus ring.
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Simplicity, versatility, speed

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I'm looking for a light, fast, simple, versatile lens for everyday photography -- a walk-around lens I can mount on my D300s and throw in my bag before I walk out the door in the morning, and use all day for street scenes, people shots, cool bugs and flowers, whatever comes up. Is this the lens for me?
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The lightweight, compact AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is a great travel companion, especially when you need to freeze fast action or if a bright sunny day turns overcast. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture makes framing and focusing easier, and allows for high shutter speeds and full exposures under dim lighting conditions. The lens' 50mm focal length (75mm on DX-format cameras) approximates the angle of view of our eyes, perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs.
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What is the difference between the "50mm f/1.8g" lens and the "50mm f/1.8g Special Edition" lens?

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Basically the same except the special edition has a classic look to match Nikon's Df.
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Both are fully compatible and I would not pay the extra money for the special edition. It was created to go with the nikon Df and it's retro look, basically the same lens except for cosmetics.
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Which micro lens would you recommend best that works great with Nikon D5300

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50mm f/1.8G or 40mm f/2.8G. Based on some of the reviews I've read for 40mm f/2.8G the focus speed is to slow for things such as bugs and fish or I guess small moving objects.
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The AF-S 50mm f/1.8g is not a micro lens. The 40mm micro is but if you intend on shooting bugs and things you need a lens with a little more reach. The AF-S micro nikkor 105mm f/2.8 would be a better choice.
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Is the 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens compatible with the D5300?

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Yes the AF-S 50mm 1.8 special edition has a built in focus motor and is compatible with the D5300
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will this lens be available to purchase on it's own?
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The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens is availible for purchase seperately.
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