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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1624 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make me your first!

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    FotoPhox
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    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.

    Posted
    vsbw

    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.

    Posted
    Darvin

    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 LiquidMoonlight.com

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tickled Pink

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    BeckPhotog
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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

    Sharp, light, great all around

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    jec6613
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    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

    Advancements in lens technology.

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    JohninDFW
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    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

    Posted
    Kubuli
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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

    Just buy it

    Posted
    PYROned
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    Everyone with a DSLR should own this lens. Why? It's cheap. Compared to even the entry level Nikons, this is a drop in the bucket. Good glass will take your shots to the next level. This should be the kit lens!... but people would gripe about 'walking' and such. It's light and inconspicuous. You can carry this all day. It feels like you are carrying the body-only. On a smaller body sans battery grip, you are practically in stealth mode with this little thing. Subjects seem to prefer the lower profile. It's fast and sharp. Bokeh, f/1.8 is going to let you blow out those backgrounds and isolate your subjects even in low light. I use this lens on the D5300 DX and D750 FX bodies. If I know I can get away with it, I will throw this on in place of one of my zooms. Just buy it. I'm not going to upload images because I'm limited to 5mb... I think my shoots larger file sizes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE this lens

    Posted
    nikonlover
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Bokeh

    Posted
    Silverthorne
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    This lens is an incredible value for the money, which probably explains why its so hard to find right now. The wide aperture creates incredible background blur in portraits, and also allows for shorter exposures in low-light conditions. Another nice thing about this lens is that the outermost element is set deep into the housing. As such, you rarely need to bother with a lens hood, although one is included. On a DX format camera (like my D5100) this FX lens has an equivalent focal length of about 75mm, making it better choice for portraits than the 35mm DX. I thought about settling for the 35mm DX, but I decided to wait until this lens was available. It's worth every penny, and it's a must-own for DX and FX format cameras alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    Posted
    galby2011
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    Great lens, I bought it to take pictures of my daughter who was going to be born later that week. I was going to go with the manual AF lens but decided to spend the extra money on this AF-S (about $100), this did not make my wife happy at all. I told her I would play around with the lens and see if I even liked it, then possibly return it. I came home took about 10 pictures with it, showed my wife the pictures and she said I could keep it, but I was not allowed to get a new backpack for my camera/equipment (which is the only downside of this purchase). I have been asked by numerous people who I hired to take our baby photos and it feels really good to say "oh those photos? I took those in our living room." This lens is a must have for anyone starting out in the hobby, I have barely used my 18-55 lens since I purchased this lens. Best Buy also had a price very comparable with everything I found on eBay and Amazon, so I purchased it in store and got to play around with it immediately instead of waiting 3-5 days for shipping.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Should Be Your First Lens Upgrade

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    WestHizz
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    I purchased this based on a recommendation by a professional photographer friend of mine. For the price point combined with excellent photo quality, exposure performance in many light conditions and quality design, this is an excellent choice for the entry level to intermediate photographer. With the aid of a tripod, you can easily take photos in a "dark restaurant" setting without using a flash. Shooting on cloudy days doesn't hinder the lens' performance. It can even turn out studio portrait level candids if you're using a budget conscious lighting system. If you take individual candids, the lens does a beautiful job of blurring the background behind the subject and giving your composition that professional look! The only real drawback I have with this lens is it's lack of VR technology to cut down on camera shake which would be handy in low light situations. Overall, this is an excellent choice as an alternative to a standard 18-55mm lens. Purchase it, you won't regret it for the price and performance!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Your standard "nifty fifty"

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    IloveVideoGames
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    This is your standard "nifty fifty" lens as it's called in the photography world. These lenses are great because they are generally cheap for the image they produce, and offer a wide aperture (f/1.8). I used this on a D750 and have been nothing but pleased with the results. Images are sharp, autofocus works fine, and is lightweight without feeling too cheap. My only minor complaint, and I don't know if it's the lens in general, my specific copy of the lens, or my camera, but it fits very snug on the mount on my camera, and requires more force than any of my other lenses to take on and off. And, this lens being relatively small gives me even less to grip. But, that's really not enough to not use this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portrait Lens!!

    Posted
    Hype
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    I picked up this lens to compliment my 35mm lens. This lens is very sharp and would be ideally used as a portrait lens for photography. I took some nice shots of some flowers on my D7100 and it is by far the best camera and lens combo I have had. The pictures come out amazing and the bokeh (blurred background) is great. If this is your first prime lens it will take some getting use to but it will definitely help force you to understand your DSLR much more with one of these. Remember that on an FX body, this lens is a 50mm but on a DX body this lens will be approximately like a 75mm due to 1.5x crop sensor. For the price, you can't beat getting this lens especially since it will work on an FX body if you decide to upgrade your camera down the line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the casual user!

    Posted
    Needler56

    I use a D40 and the only available 50mm prime with AF-S was the 1.4g, which I didn't want to spend over $400.00 for, being that I don't use the camera often. Note: The D40 doesnt have a lens motor so if auto focus is needed, then the lens must be an AF-S. The 1.8g takes great all around photos with great DOF. Portrait shots especially, which I get the most compliments for. The only thing that's tricky are small, crowded areas since the lens has no zoom. Also, trying to explain to others that there isn't a zoom and how to use the auto focus. Other than that, I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants something easy to use and to take great shots all at a great price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    Posted
    shutterbugbrandon
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    This is my first lens...like one I actually bought my self. I've been using my fathers Nikon D90 with a 18-105mm lens....this is so much easier to use for portraits. The depth of field is great but if you want something stronger move up to the 80mm lens. This is a great lens to start out with. I recommend it and I can't wait for my D750 to get here in the mail so I can slap it on that bad boy. The price is good and I can't recommend this lens anymore. The one of the most import a investments for a photographer is the glass and this is worth every penny. Stop reading and buy it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lens worth having!

    Posted
    mybabyblessings

    I LOVE my new lens! Most of the other reviewers have said what I'd want to, but I'll repeat: this lens takes great pictures in low light!! I'm finally able to turn off my flash for indoor shots! I'm an amateur, always learning more and more about my camera's settings, believing that I don't need expensive equipment to take great pictures! This lens is relatively inexpensive and works perfectly on my D40. I was trying to decide between another zoom lens, the 35mm, or this 50mm. I'm glad I went with the 50mm. I love close-up shots, but the 50mm allows me to back up and not invade someone's personal space (over the 35mm)! And, having such a wide aperture range, this lens is giving me both sharp group shots and clear portraits with a very pleasing bokeh. I love it! I love it! A lens worth having in your arsenal!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great clarity and quality for a great price!

    Posted
    sphillips126
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    I LOVE this lens! I take a lot of portraits and bought this to use in my home studio. After taking the first few shots I fell in love with this lens for the clarity and quality of pictures I was seeing on my display. The speed and aperture are wonderful for using natural light. I found that I didn't need to push my ISO quite as high as I was doing with my stock kit lens, and got better clarity in the images. The only thing I regret is not buying the 35 mm lens instead of the 50 mm. My studio is not very large and I find that I don't have enough room to back up in order to get more of the full length type shots. It's definitely a keeper though, and when I do move to a larger studio, it will surely be my go-to lens!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Will not focus

    Posted
    Dani
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    I am highly disappointed. I read so many good reviews about this camera lens but the first one I received the autofocus did not work (I have a d3200 so it has full compatibility). I exchanged it for a new one and this one did autofocus but it would take 10 seconds each time to focus on a subject and then keep unfocusing after each image and most still came out blurry. To top it all off best buy charged me for the restocking fee $33!!! Never will I buy a lens from Best Buy one had a broken autofocus and the second one was still had a faulty autofocus.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens

    Posted
    Robert
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    We had our first child a little over a year ago. After taking over 3,000 pictures with our iPhones, my wife and I decided to get a "real" camera that we could grow with. Picked up the D3200 with the two kit lenses, and after plenty of research and reviews, sprung for this 50mm. We absolutely love it! Trying to take candid "in the moment" pictures of our daughter works very well with this lens because it's so FAST! The kit lenses can't keep up with her moving around so much. We've already taken another 2,000 pictures with the camera for her birthday party and Christmas. We've probably only used the kit lenses for 100 of those shots. I've been playing around taking "creative" pictures of Christmas lights and what not and it gives you that really nice blurred background that everyone talks about - we love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend