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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard Lens - Black

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard Lens: A perfect everyday lens for any photographer, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G offers fast autofocusing combined with an integrated lens coating to deliver clear and crisp images. The wide-open aperture is ideal for low-light shooting and creating images with beautiful background blur.

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    What's Included

    • Bayonet hood (HB-47)
    • Flexible lens pouch (CL-1013)
    • Front lens cap (LC-58), rear lens cap (LF-4)
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Standard Lens
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1439 out of 1453)


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon DX or FX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount.

    50mm focal length

    A versatile focal length for capturing crystal clear shots throughout a variety of shooting situations.

    f/1.8 maximum aperture

    For optimal light gathering capacity, resulting in clear, highly detailed images.

    Aspherical lens elements for clear images

    Corrects spherical aberrations, out-of-focus or distorted images that occur when light rays don't converge to a single point. A curved lens surface precisely focuses light rays for sharp image quality.

    Advanced lens coating for improved optics

    Super integrated coating increases color consistency and reduces flare.

    Silent wave motor ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

    M/A focusing mode

    Allows you to switch from manual to automatic with virtually no lag time, by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

    1.5' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 58mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with front and rear lens caps, hood and case.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1453 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Make me your first!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I am an amatuer photographer who picked up the hobby of photography to kill time and capture the moments of my later in life surprise children so my review is simple and not going to be highly technical for the semi professional and up. I am using an entry level Nikon D3200 (DX body that is important to note since this is an FX lens) with an 18 - 55mm stock lens. Adding this lens to my camera made an immediate difference in the photos I could shoot. Much faster focusing than the stock or entry level 50 - 200mm zoom lens. As I am shooting on a budget I had reservation about the utility of a prime lens at the fixxed focal length of 50mm, but I have been humbled and shamed for my doubt by the sheer exceptional performance of this lens. The DX crop factor makes this feel a touch more zoomed in, maybe what you would frame up in the mid 70mm-ish range using a DX lens. Excellent DoF . Quick-ish (compared to stock lens) Great for low-light and "magic hour" shooting I would not only recommend this lens to... well... everyone, but if you are looking to buy in on your first entry level camera and are on a budget skip spending money on the stock 18-55mm and buy a body and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G. You will be much happier starting, men will want to be you, women will want to be with you and unicorns will love you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOVE this lens! Perfect for parents and travelers.


      After 5 yrs with a Pentax DSLR I was ready to step up to a better camera. I spent several months researching bodies and lenses and read a ton of reviews online before selecting the Nikon 7000 and this lens. I mainly photograph my 6 yr old son and take pics of small groups at family get togethers. I love that this lens has such a shallow depth of field. The backgrounds blur so beautifully that I don't have to stress as much about clutter or distractions behind the subject and I can focus more on the people. When I do have the luxury of picking a nice setting the results are simply stunning. I find the 50mm just right for close shots of up to about 3 people, and also for travel pics of architecture and street scenes. The 50 mm is very light and small and easy to carry. I keep my zoom in my bag unless I really need it. The 50mm works for me about 90% of the time. I also bought a used F1.8D at a local camera store while I was trying to find the G. Personally I found the auto focus on the D to be far less accurate than the G and missed a lot of cute candids of my son in action; manual focus just wasn't an option when he was in mid air. The G is more accurate and I like that I can tweak the focus without having to switch to manual on my camera body. I just keep my hand on the focus ring in case I have time to fine tune. I seriously considered the F1.4s and read a ton of reviews on them as well. I have been very happy with the 1.8's performance with indoor lighting and at dusk and I am glad I didn't spend the extra money on the 1.4. Best of all, after weeks of waiting for the lens to become available on amazon or at the local camera stores I tried Best Buy and they had stock at 2 stores near my house. Too easy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The essential lens for every photographer.


      A 50mm lens is a must in any serious or armature photographers kit. Granted this is a prime lens so there is no zoom but that trade off gives you tact sharp images. Make sure you not get this confused with the 50mm 1.8D which is a cheaper version made in China. The 1.8G in many tests beats out it's more expensive big brother the 1.4G. The 1.4G gives you up to 50% more light in dark rooms but gives up a bit in clarity due in part to having more components. On the far end of the spectrum is the Nikon 50mm F/1.2. A great lens with superior clarity if you don't mind having to manually focus each shot. This 50mm lens is fantastically priced for the value it provides. Fast and clear it's your best bet if you are just getting started and if you are a pro without a 50mm still want to go to this lens for general shooting needs. It's not near as heavy as the more expensive lenses which makes it perfect for me as I mainly shoot landscapes but it works fantastic as a portrait lens as well. It's bokeh is fantastic and has little if any vignetting. At least none that I could see even when full open. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an FX lens. If you are shooting any of the Nikon DX cameras you can use this lens but the proper equivalent would be the Nikon 35mm lens also available from Best Buy. (35mm x 1.4 crop sensor in DX gives you 50mm.) Hope you found this useful. It is based on some lengthy research and i feel it's the best lens for the money. Darvin Atkeson Photographer

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sharp, light, great all around

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      50 mm on a DX body gives you a short portrait lens, and on an FX is considered normal. I've tired all four of the current Nikon optical formulas for 50 mm, and two Sigmas as well, and this one is the best of the bunch for most people. The aspheric element means that you can shoot it wide open without worrying about coma flare, it's tack sharp, even on the D7100 or Velvia wide open, the front element is deeply recessed, to prevent flare and focus just snaps to where it needs to be, even on the old CAM900 film bodies. The only reason to jump to another 50 mm lens is the two f/1.4's give you 2/3 of a stop more light, as otherwise the f/1.4G is slower to focus and not as sharp until you stop it down, and when shooting wide open is subject to sagittal coma flare, and the f/1.4D's optical formula is from the 1970's and also needs to be stopped down. Also the older AF-D f/1.8 is cheaper and works on manual focus film cameras, but doesn't AF on the D40, D60, D3x00 or D5x00 bodies. The only drawback is that this lens uses 58 mm filters and caps, which while standard for Canon, are an oddball size for Nikon, only shared with three other modern lenses (the 50 f/1.4G, 35 f/1.8G and 55-300 DX VR). The 52 mm would have been a better choice as that's been the Nikon small lens standard since 1959. A step-down ring does fix this problem, but it's a nuisance nonetheless. The fact that I own no fewer than four 50 mm lenses, and this is the one that goes in my bag when I need a 50 mm optic to shoot with, should tell you a lot about its quality.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tickled Pink

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      For several years I have been doing portrait photography on the side with just a basic Nikon DSLR and basic 18-55mm lens. I was taking pretty good photos, but knew there was something I could do to enhance my photos without breaking my bank account. I started looking at Best Buy's lens guide and found this lens, which was recommended for portrait photography. I new that it's capacity to have such a wide aperture would give me a lot of exaggerated depth of field, and I figured that was definitely the thing missing from my current photography. Once I got the lens, I immediately tried it out and was immediately pleased. Walking on Cloud 9, seriously. Definitely worth the purchase for the photography enthusiast! My photos look so much more professional! You need this lens in your collection! The first night I had the lens, we went out with family to a pizza place, and I was shooting everything. I've uploaded a photo of a shaker of Parmesan that was taken at 3200 ISO, f/1.8, and 1/125. Doesn't it look like an important little shaker?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Advancements in lens technology.

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was convinced my older 50mm 1.8D lens was up to the task, and the challenges of being used on a D800 body. It's a good lens, but the new 50mm 1.8G lens is better. I think its sharper, and the contrast is better, especially at 1.8 aperture. People claim the focus is not as fast but I believe it is comparable to screw type D lenses. This lens will work on any body, and that's going to be very important for those that own bodies such as the 3100, the 5100 series. The older D lens just wont work on the bodies that have less features. This 50mm 1.8G lens is more modern, and seems to work better with the current full frame Nikon cameras. I would recommend this lens as a starter lens for anyone purchasing a Nikon camera body, regardless if its a DX body or the FX type. By the way, I used to buy all my photo equipment from one of the retailers in New York. Several times in the past year I was not able to get the lens from that retailer-backordered! So far I have purchased a D800 body, the 50mm 1.8G lens, and the 85mm 1.8G lens from Best Buy. I order online and the product is almost always in my hands within a week. They have always given me great service and so far get the product to me in a timely manner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My go to lens

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      Overall, I've taken some awesome portraits with this lens that look like magazine quality photos although they were just real quick snap shots. They were taken in low light, I wasn't using flash and the subject wasn't posing but they were great! Since then, I've used it at parties, great for the kids. Focus is very quick with this lens and no image stabilization necessary as the lens is that fast.---The worst thing about this lens is, well, me. I'm an amateur photographer and I know this lens (and my camera) are capable of great images. Looking forward to learning more, building my cache of equipment and lighting modifiers, but I totally love this lens and have been using it over the kit lens for a while now. The only time I put the kit on is for scenery or anything where I need a wider angle.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOVE this lens

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Before this lens, I'd always have my heavy 18-140mm attached to my camera, but since purchasing this lens, it's my MAIN go to lens and is 95% of the time the one I've got on my camera. It's very light and my neck doesn't ache after an hour long shoot. I opted to go with the 1.8G vs the 1.4G for price but I am so SO happy that I went with the 1.8G. The crisp pictures and depth of field is beautiful! The bokah is incredible and I just absolutely love this lens. Being a portrait photographer, this is an essential lens to have! I have an 85mm as well that I love for senior pictures and close up head shots, but for couples, small families, and just everyday shooting, this is the lens for you!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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