Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

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

Forgive me, this must feel like stating the obvious for all those who know already, but I just bought my first prime and I'm so happy with it. It's an excellent lens! I wanted to take better portrait photographs of my children (using DX body) and was after shallow DoF with good bokeh. This 'nifty fifty' is great price so it wasn't much of a pain to make the decision. I was also toying with a bit of macro and considered 40mm 60mm f2.8 but that's more money, slower aperture and it turns out ...

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marion145
 

I bought this lense a few monthes ago for a professional use and I am very happy with this choice. I was looking for a 50mm, since a shot mainly people, and this one is perfect for a low price. To give you an idea, I have taken all the pictures of this voyance website with this lense.

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Overall, this is a nice lens for the price.  Nice fast prime for around $200 that overs good image quality overall. However, I have found that not everyone may want this lens.  I got it basically through advice when I was starting out in photography as a good first prime to get (or just as one of the "must haves" for photographers). It's not a bad lens, as it works well for head or head/shoulder shots.  But I personally found it a bit limiting in terms of the field of view.   At around 45 ...

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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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