Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Announced Apr 27, 2011 •
Prime lens | Nikon F (FX) | 2199
splashy
 

Tack sharp fast focus, perfect lens for a perfect price.

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If you're going to get one prime lens, this would be it (although I would also recommend getting a 35mm prime as well and a nice wide angle). But if you're going to get just one prime, get this one.  The 50mm (either the D or G version) is a very versatible lens, and a good walkaround lens if you don't want to have a long telephoto lens hanging off the end of your camera.  Granted, you give up the flexibility of zooming, but you gain (in my opinion) better image quality than using a zoom ...

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io_bg
 

I got the lens a few months ago and have been using it frequently ever since. Works well on my D90 - AF is fast and it's is sharp even wide open. Bokeh is alright but certainly better than my 35mm f/1.8 (the DX version). It's an awesome lens for the price and is good for portraits (mostly on DX), low light and shallow DOF photography. Pros: - cheap but has great value; - small and light; - good AF; - focus scale and rubber gasket at the lens mount are good to have; - no vignetting, CAs or ...

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Lannox

the IQ and AF speed is not the top notch in its kind and some noise on focusing (but not too bad). Be honest, it just above the average, but it surely is a nice and budget standard prime and I have it on my camera 80% of the time. In some occasions, I used it as 85mm in DX mode, it cannot match with the genuine Nikkor 85mm f1.8, but is close.

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There is so much hype surrounding this lens -- half the price of the 1.8G and sharper as well... what's not to love? My copy was bought new at a local brick and mortar and was clear from the beginning it was a dog. Soft wide open, soft stopped down. Soft handheld, soft on a tripod w/ MUP and exposure delay, etc. Was so disappointed as I really, really wanted this to be workhorse lens. Wasn't close at all to my old 1.8D. The 1.8G is clearly a better lens, so obviously something was askew with ...

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chkugler
 

This is a GREAT Lens! FROM MY BLOG : http://luke-photoblog.blogspot.de/ MORE

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No, I know that Nikon does a 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.2. But I am talking about its value for its performance. This lens lives on my camera and I shot maybe 80% of my photos with this lens. Its fast enough for sports, it can shoot decent portraits and best of all its cheap. The lens is also quite light. This lens I believe is the cheapest lens for the Nikon ASP-C frame cameras. Its focal length is around 75mm on a Nikon ASP-C camera though, so it is not a "true" 50mm. If you want that, you might ...

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