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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Great lens for portrait and low light photography.
Posted by: GreatAchilles from: on
This lens produces sharp pictures and great color and contrast. And for its price (which seems to climb recently), it is worth more than 5 stars rating. I initially get this lens for low light action and sport photography (as this lens is famous for being one of the fastest lens together with its brother 50mm f/1.4), but I also found out that this lens is also perfect for portrait and other general purposes (macro, etc). This is definitely a very versatile lens.
As much as I want to encourage everyone to buy this lens right away, let me mention some of the limitation that you would see (which I think will be helpful to go over before deciding to buy this lens)
First, being a prime lens, you will need to move your feet a lot to compose your picture. If you are used to zoom lens, don't underestimate this limitation. It takes me a while to get used to it, and sometime I still find people looking at me wondering why I am moving forward and backwards. the good news is that most of the time, they don't think I'm weird, but they are actually wondering if I'm a professional photographer.
Secondly, the focal range of 50mm, which is considered the normal lens and great for portrait lens. but on a DSLR (which I assume most of you use nowadays), this lens become a 75mm equivalent which is in the border of a short tele lens. I actually like the 75mm equivalent though I often have to move backwards when taking picture of a group of people.
Third, in some situation the autofocus might not able to focus (which is common for many other lens too). It is hard for the autofocus to lock when aiming at a wall that is one color (usually black or white), or on a clear sky (day or night). This kind of makes sense to me actually. IN these situations the AF assist light doesn't help either so you can opt for manual focus or set the focus to infinity when you can't find focus lock on scenic/landscape or sky photography. So far I don't have many problems with the autofocus.
Sharpness increases as you stop down to f/2.2 or f/2.5. I actually use f/1.8 most of the time and the results are still nice. Personally, I'd rather use f/1.8 aperture settings than stopped down (e.g to f/2.8) and compensate with higher ISO setting which often gives me grainy picture. But if your object is not moving (static) then it is better to stop down to f/2.8 or more.
If you are wondering whether you should get a fast lens or a lens with VR, here's my take: VR does help a lot (and produce better/sharper picture than equivalent faster lens without VR) if the object is static. If the object is moving (sports/action) then VR feature doesn't really help and fast lens (like this lens) will be a far better solution. Using tripod (and a remote) will substitute for the need of VR feature. In general I would recommend getting a fast lens with VR feature (and usually it is expensive) such as the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, but if one can only get for one or the other, then find out what do you want to use the lens for and then use the guideline mentioned here.
Here are the summary of pros and cons for this Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF lens.
+ Very fast (f/1.8)
+ Very sharp pictures (especially when stopped down to f/2.2, f/2.5 or more.)
+ Great for sport/action photography
+ Great for indoor and low light situation
+ Great for portrait
+ Bokeh is almost as good as many expensive Nikon tele-lens
+ Fast autofocus
+ Good for wedding photography (or no-flash event). However, if this is your main objective then you might want to get the 50mm f/1.4 version or 28-70mm f/2.8 lens)
+ 75mm equivalent which can be considered a short tele lens (I actually like the fact that it's 75mm equivalent vs 50mm in DSLR. if you need more zoom, you can get the Nikon 85mm f/1.8, or the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR)
- Being prime lens, you need to move your feet a lot to adjust/compose
- Autofocus issue on some situations (read detail above)
- Plasticy build
- Autofocus is not the most silent but very reasonable
- 75mm equivalent with 1.5x multiplier on DSLR (many people find this is an odd range for normal lens)
This lens is so versatile (and inexpensive) that I think everyone should own in addition to all the lenses that they already have. Being a very fast lens, it enables me to take pictures in low light (sport/action photography) that I otherwise wouldn't be able to do.
49 out of 49 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
27 out of 27 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 38 found this review helpful.
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?
21 out of 22 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: Poochalt 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.
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 11 found this review helpful.
Great Lens, Poor Documentation
Posted by: jgmccormick from: Keller, TX on
This was a great lens. Very sharp photos, even in low light thanks to the f1.8 aperture. Only problem was that, even though Best Buy's site says it is compatible with all Nikon SLR cameras, it would not auto-focus with my D40x. Looking through the manual for the lens, I found that this lens will not auto-focus with all models. So, unfortunately I had to return it. Check Nikon's website before buying to be sure it will work for you.
16 out of 21 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.
Great lens for the price
Posted by: pastorscott from: Missouri on
I bought this lens to use with my new d90, primarily as a portrait lens. I've been very pleased with the results thus far. Easy to use and produces great, clear shots.