nikon 50 mm

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evan47
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Jun 7, 2013

has anyone compared the nikon 50mm f1.8g with the 50mm nikon f1.8d. is there any real difference between them?

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In reply to evan47, Jun 13, 2013

I just replaced my 50 f/1.8D with the G model and love the "G".  The focusing is quite and the larger lens seems to fit the camera body of my D800 better.

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In reply to evan47, Jun 13, 2013

The G looks slightly better! but I wish they made it without the moulded aspherical lens element, you can see onion rings in the bokeh, which are even worse in the Sigma. Nikon made the 85mm 1.8G good without using aspheres. John

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Yes, the 'g' is sharper at wider apertures, has nicer bokeh and nicer focussing.

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@f/4 and smaller apertures they are identical.

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Yes. While all 50's are pretty sharp lenses as a general rule, the new 50/1.8G is better at those first apertures (F/1.8 - F/2.8) (sharper with less veiling flare) and more importantly, it's a design done in the digital era so it doesn't have the known white-hot-spot reflection of aperture blades in sensor artifact problem that the 50/1.4 AFD, 50/1.8 AFD, and 85/1.8 AFD all have, which can occur in bright scenarios at apertures from F/11 onwards. Personally, the latter problem is enough of a reason - easily - to prefer the 1.8G, but given the 1.8G is simply a better lens, it's a no brainer. I've owned all 4 of the AF 50's and the one I ended up keeping was the 1.8G. A steal for 200 or so bucks.

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In reply to evan47, Jun 14, 2013

Yes I owned both and was very glad to replace the D with the G. The bokeh is better, AF focus is quiter and smoother and I feel my copy of the G is sharper with minimal AF fine tune. I say G all the way and a worthy upgrade.

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evan47 wrote:

has anyone compared the nikon 50mm f1.8g with the 50mm nikon f1.8d. is there any real difference between them?

i had all 3. 1.4G, 1.8G, 1.8D

Best of all is 1.8 G.

That is short answer, but hope it helps.

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Apart from what has been said the G has better build quality and the price includes a good lens hood. It also costs more.

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Do you all use 50's on FX or DX?  I have a D300 and I have 85/30 primes and I'm wondering if the 50 1.8G could be interesting.

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I love 50mm on DX. For me, it's the perfect length for portraits. I know many will say they prefer the 85 for that purpose. But not me. I feel the distance that i have to stand from my subject is a very 'human,' relational distance with the 50; with the 85, I'm standing further away - yes, photographing my subject, but not relating to them in the same way. I think I get my best portrait shots when there's some kind of genuine communication taking place between the subject and me/camera - and I achieve that best at the distance required by the 50. You're close but not too close.

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I've tested all the 50mm lenses on D700 and D7000 bodies. I sold the other 50's before I got my D800E and D7100. I honestly think that while none of the Nikon 50's are "amazing", that the 50/1.8G really is the one to get.

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camelguy wrote:

I love 50mm on DX. For me, it's the perfect length for portraits. I know many will say they prefer the 85 for that purpose. But not me. I feel the distance that i have to stand from my subject is a very 'human,' relational distance with the 50; with the 85, I'm standing further away - yes, photographing my subject, but not relating to them in the same way. I think I get my best portrait shots when there's some kind of genuine communication taking place between the subject and me/camera - and I achieve that best at the distance required by the 50. You're close but not too close.

Do you have an 85mm lens?  My 85 1.4 nikon is my favorite lens.  I have the older D version and no plans to sell it or upgrade.  I can't imagine how a 50 could be better, other than if budget were a major issue.

I'm just wondering if I'd really use the 50 if I have an 85.

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In reply to David Banner, Jun 15, 2013

yes I do - the 85 1.8G - which i like a lot, too. for me, which I use depends on the circumstance. but for portraits, I generally lean to the 50. Not because its a 'better lens' in terms of quality of glass. But because i like what i get from it in a way that has nothing to do with pixel-peeping. It has everything to do with the relational distance to the subject when shooting DX and how that contributes to creating the photo. But thats just me. You might buy a 50 and never use it. Lots of people seem to think that if you've got a 35 and an 85, there's no reason to have a 50. Personally, I happen to disagree.

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