Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Standard Lens: The wide-open aperture of this versatile Nikon lens allows you to capture photos in most situations without a flash. Whatever you're shooting, you'll get consistently sharp results at dusk, dawn or even in dim indoor lighting. Weighing just 5.5 oz., it makes a convenient carry-around lens for shooting stills and video.
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A Nikon Best Buy
Posted by: NJshooter from: on
This lens is an exceptional value. It's a very light, sharp and cheap prime (no zoom, except with your feet# lens which should be in most Nikonian's bags. Unless you have a beginner camera like a D40, D60, D3000-3300 or D5000-5500 #as of 10/8/15) since you'd have to manually focus the lens. If you like manual focus photography, not a deal breaker. Otherwise, get the AF-S version for about $100 more.
1-3 star reviews on here of from children who didn't read their product manuals, the item description, or any camera-review website for that matter stating clearly that beginner Nikon cameras don't autofocus with this lens. If you want to be spoon-fed and then cry about one of the best value lenses made by any camera company, maybe stick with fisher-price brand cameras?
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Excellent Value Lens
Posted by: ReggaeStar from: SLC, UT on
I picked up this lens as an alternative to the 1.4 lens that cost almost twice as much. I am not disappointed. For the price you can't beat the performance. The only downside which many have already stated is this is manual focus only on the newer Nikons. This is not a problem if you are using the lens for stationary shots (portraits, macro, etc.) Most Nikons have a built-in indicator in the viewfinder that tells you if you are focused (little green dot lights up) on the focus point that you have chosen. I use that as a base and then if I decide to vary from there I can but so far it's been prettty dang accurate. The lens takes great pics in lowlight (of course) and the pictures I've snapped so far have been sharp and look great. I have no regrets whatsoever in purchasing this lens. If you have the money buy the model that focuses automatically and get the extra .4 on the f-stop. Otherwise pick this up and enjoy the goodness!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Extremely good lens at low price
Posted by: DoctorT from: on
If you're a photography fan this is a lens you should seriously consider buying. Even though nowadays everyone
BEWARE: It won't auto-focus if your camera doesn't have it's own focusing motor. AF will not be supported by D40 and D60, D3100, D3000, D3100, D5000 cameras.
REMEMBER you will have to lock the aperture ring at 22 in order for AF to work properly.
IN THE BOX:
- 52mm Nikon Lens Cap
- Plastic back cover
It doesn't come with the Nikon rear lens cap (LF-4) or with a bag/casing of any kind. The rear cap, if anyone is interested, can be found easily for around $5.
So far, so good. Remember that if you have a camera with a DX format sensor, this lens will "behave" as a 75mm mounted on a Full Frame sensor body.
The results of pictures are very good, hard to beat -considering the price, of course-.
It is a really sharp lens, especially from 2.0 up, and you will be amazed by the results.
It also shows very little distortion, even less if mounted on a DX sensor body, since the crop factor will cut the corners, which is where distortion is more obvious.
Same thing goes for vignetting, noticeable at 1.8 or 2.0, slight at 3.2, and totally gone at 4.0. Also less visible in DX sensor bodies. Even with a filter on it.
AF is quick and accurate, didn't have any trouble with it so far.
I would totally recommend this lens to anyone who asked me.
LENS CONSTRUCTION / MATERIALS -> 3.5 / 5.0
OPTICS AND IMAGE QUALITY -> 4.5 / 5.0
SPECS (AF, SPEED, ACCURACY…) -> 4.0 / 5.0
PRICE / VALUE -> 5.0 / 5.0
26 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Posted by: smurphy522 from: Houston on
Dollar 4 dollar best return on investment. Note this lens requires a motor driven focus mechanism in the camera. I have gotten most of my once in a lifetime shots with this lens. For portraits where I need a little "breathing room" or those times I want a lens that does not attract attention I sport this. Walking around at night I can do handheld shots at 1/30 w/out issues. This lens really shines! See Ken Rockwell's gleaming review; "googL it". If you read this far just get it!
On any Nikon body w/out an internal focus motor (i.e. a D40, D3000 or D5000) get the 35mm f/1.8 instead. It rocks too!
Don't forget a 52mm UV protector as cheap insurance. Iv'e had my lens for 4 years now and it is always my go to lens!
33 out of 36 found this review helpful.
An amazing prime lens.
Posted by: beastoftartarus from: on
This is what they call the "Nifty Fifty" and for good reason! With a max aperture of f1.8, this is an essential lens for shooting in low light situations. It is my lens of choice for techniques such as light painting. Please keep in mind that this is a prime lens and, therefore, you have to physically move closer or further from your subject to achieve the framing that you desire. The only downsides that I have with it is that I have to be too close to my subjects for macros, while I have my extension tubes attached, and it will not auto focus on my camera, the Nikon D3300 (which really isn't a downside for me; as I will only use manual focus, but just about every other photographer that I know insists on having the option available). Lastly, price is a great selling point, $139 "out the door' for an authentic Nikkor lens!!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
great lens for a low price
Posted by: localmusiciansphotography from: thomasville ga on
i was pleasantly surprised by this lens,i do alot of concert photography and portraits and the clarity of the images this lens gives you is worth the $139
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: from: California on
This is my first time using a prime lens with my D90 and I was so impressed with the result.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
solid prime lens for Nikon FX
Posted by: 3rdCamaro from: Denver, CO on
This is a high quality prime lens for a Nikon DSLR FX (full size sensor) body. It is the equivalent of a 75MM fixed focus lens on a DX body (I shoot a D7000), so don't expect to get wide angle shots. However, the resolution is very high and chromatic aberration is very low, even on a DX camera. You can't beat the price and this lens is ideal for super high res portrait photography. I love the f1.8 maximum aperture and focus is very fast and accurate.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: pk4life from: San Antonio, TX on
This lens was the "best buy" (cute huh?) for my D90. The image that the 1.8 aperture can deliver is really sharp. Very versatile for indoors and outdoors; low light or bright light, it works for both. If you want a cheap, high quality, mobile lens, this is a must have for the Nikon.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
The older 50 f/1.8 option
Posted by: jec6613 from: Connecticut on
This is a sharp, lightweight lens, that takes 52 mm filters (the standard small Nikon since the 1950's#. It's also cheap, the cheapest lens that Nikon makes, so it's a great value. The aperture ring also ensures that it will work with manual focus cameras, such as the FM-10 that Nikon still sells today, so it's great for anybody in the market for that, as well.
However, this won't autofocus on the D40, D60, D3x00 or D5x00 series of cameras as it lacks a focus motor. Also, this dates from the film days and not the high reflectivity digital image sensors, so if you stop it down to about f/2.8 you get horrendous veiling and aperture-shaped reflections from the sensor if you have light sources striking the front element on a digital body. Do yourself a favor: if you get this, also buy the HR-2 hood for it.
The 50 mm f/1.8G #linked) is a newer, much better lens for anybody using digital or new film bodies exclusively, but for the price, it's hard to beat the 50 mm f1.8D, even with its 30+ year old optical formula
I'm scoring it highly, but not recommending it unless you have a manual focus body like the FM-10, instead anybody in the market for a fast 50 on digital should look to the AF-S option, or either of the f/1.4 optics.