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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 204 reviews

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  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted .

    This is my first time using a prime lens with my D90 and I was so impressed with the result.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great !

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    Posted .

    Awsome lens ! I take pics weekly for memories & this is my fav lens so far

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great little lens!

    Posted .

    What a great lens! I bought mine for 4th of July family vacation. I used express shipping and it was here in 2 days for about $170.00 total. Buying at best buy gave me confidence since there is a store just around the corner. I looked at other places but returned to B.B. I would recommend this lens to anyone. The manual focus wasn't a drawback. I actually find that the extra time it takes me to focus helps me set up the shot a little and notice the small details.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Portraits, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great lens for a low price

    Posted .

    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

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Low light, Picture quality, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens!

    Posted .

    New to having a DSLR and all, but I like the versatility of taking low light photo's without the harsh lighting that can come with using a flash, which is the main reason I purchased this lens. So far I'm very pleased with it. I haven't used it as much yet as I would like, but what I have used it for I've been very happy with the results. It takes great pictures, and you can't beat the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Focus

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    Posted .

    I was excited to get this lens because I really wanted to have a low aperture. 1.8 is great. If I was to buy the 1.4, it would be a lot more money for darn near the same thing. It was worth it's money. I have produced some great pics. It is difficult to focus. You have to focus yourself, it won't automatically focus for you. But don't let that turn you down, it is a great lens to have.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Low light, Picture quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING Lens!

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Durability
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Valuefor Price
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Image Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Low light, Picture quality, Portraits
    Cons mentioned:
    Autofocus

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for portrait and low light photography.

    Posted .

    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. Pros: + 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) + Inexpensive Cons: - 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) Bottom line: 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.

    Features

    Durability
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    Ease of Use
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    Valuefor Price
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    Image Quality
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Portraits

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm in love.

    Posted .

    This is the best lens ever! It makes the most awesome portrait photos with incredible color and sharpness. I wish I had bought this a long time ago. It would have made my life so much easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome lense. Best Buy has awesome people.

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    Posted .

    This lense is exactly what I needed. It is a much better option if your Nikon as the drive pin for autofocusing; this eliminates the need to have that feature in the lense. Since the autofocusing 1.8G is about twice the price difference of the 1.8D, there is no way to justify the added expense if your camera does the work. The 1.8D has excellent control and you can get a very shallow depth-of-field. It is basic, but the quality is, well, Nikon quality. And that's great. The service at Best Buy was excellent. I wish I had the names of the employees who helped me out. The inventory showed a zero count for the lenses at Nashua, NH location. The employees were relentless in finding a new one that had not yet been inventoried.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Low light, Picture quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great prime lens!

    Posted .

    I took this lens with me to New York Comic Con, and it performed great. I was able to take some really good head shots of people dressed in cosplay. I highly recommend this lens. It is small, light, and sharp! With a 1.8 aperture, you can take some sharp images at low light, as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine for what it is

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    No auto focus but I knew that going in and not a deal breaker.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Quality

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    This is best product. This is cheap and best. I'm in love with this.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Did it's job well

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    Posted .

    I thought that I would be able to focus more but in the end it did a wonderful job.......great vacation photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Low light, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great lens

    Posted .

    Absolutely a must have the best lens for the price available.Gives you the ability to shoot indoors with no flash and low light.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Portraits

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for portrait photography.

    Posted .

    This is a great lens for portrait photography. It is very sharp and crisp and has great botek.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Would recommend

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Took some getting use considering I’m a new photographer but I like it a lot. Not for wide use of course

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality lens

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Was looking for a good, basic FX lens and this fit the bill.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for outdoors.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    I bought this for my Nikon D3200. Being a half-frame camera this lens is more like an 80mm lens, meaning that it requires a good deal of distance to frame a subject.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My fav lens

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    Posted .

    As a nikon customer for about 10 years now this is by far my favorite lens

    I would recommend this to a friend