Skip to content
Main Content

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Your price for this item is $219.99

Customer reviews

Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2116 reviews

Rating Filter

Rating by feature

  • Value

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Quality

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Ease of Use

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars

Pros mentioned filter

Cons mentioned filter

There aren't enough negative mentions yet.
99%would recommend to a friend
The vast majority of our reviews come from verified purchases. Reviews from customers may include My Best Buy members, employees, and Tech Insider Network members (as tagged). Select reviewers may receive discounted products or points for an honest, helpful review.
Page 1 Showing 1-20 of 2,116 reviews
  • Pros mentioned:
    Bokeh, Low light, Picture quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Lens

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    The best bang for your buck anywhere. This nifty fifty at just over $200 is an absolute steal. They are practically giving it away at that price. It is a very fast lens. It is light which gives you the impression it’s not well made, but it is actually a very tough lens. Comes with a lens hood. Crisp images. Perfect creamy bokeh. I use it almost exclusively for portraits now but it can be used for many things. Does very well in lowlight. Does have a bit of a sound when it auto focuses but that is water under the bridge considering how amazing this lens is. It’s worth at least 2 times what it costs.

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

    Great Lens!!

    |
    |
    Posted .

    Bought this lens for its 1.8 F stop. Wanted to fade backgrounds that I couldn't do with the zoom for my D610. Posted my third photo on Facebook, and a friend noted: so glad to see someone knows how to use the F stop correctly!

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

    Awesome Lens

    |
    |
    Posted .

    I have the 35mm and 50mm this is the 2nd 50mm 1.8 lens I purchase for my FX camera

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

    Nifty Fifty

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    If you shot anything,you need this 50mm. It is a go to lens and has what you need for everyday. Everyone needs a Nifty Fifty.

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

    Worth every penny.

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Just YES! Awesome lens! This lens is a must have. I don’t even want anything else now.

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

    Must have

    |
    |
    Posted .

    Whether you are a beginner in photography or a seasoned pro this is a must have lens although, if you are a seasoned pro you already know that.

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

    Great lens for the low low

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I love this lens event though it’s not a zoom lens. I bought one for both of my camera. Great quality

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

    Using for D3300

    |
    |
    Posted .

    This lens is amazing. I've been using aperture priority.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    |
    |
    Posted .

    This is a great lens for beginners. It takes good silhouettes as well.

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

    Awesome lense!

    |
    |
    Posted .

    I received a LOT of help and information from the staff at Best Buy and I am very pleased! This lense is great! The staff advised me well.

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My go to lens

    |
    |
    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase

    |
    |
    Posted .

    I'm really starting to get serious about photography and needed an everyday lens for street photography. This lens has not disappointed.

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

    A much needed addition

    |
    |
    Posted .

    A great lens for wider angles . Great for lower light conditions

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Tickled Pink

    |
    |
    Posted .

    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Bokeh, Portraits, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best lens for amateur photographers

    |
    |
    Posted .

    I did a lot of research before buying this lens and it was a great price. I love the bokeh this lens gives for portraits. This lens landed me my first professional photography job due to the awesome pics I was able to capture while using it. I am very happy with this lens!

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Quality at a great Price

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I bought this lens on a recommendation from a fellow photographer and WOW! The depth and clarity this lens shoots is absolutely amazing. I use this lens specifically for food shots and this has upped my camera game. The Bokeh effect is absolutely amazing as well.

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic lens!!!!

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    I’ve been doing photography for over 8 years now and I have a variety of lens in my bag. This lens here is the best lens for the money. The focus is always spot on and the depth of field is amazing. I needed a 50 in pinch so I grabbed one at Best Buy. I had the 50 1.4 but sold it to get the 85. Even after shooting with the 85 and 100mm, this lens did fantastic! It was great for the family shots I took. It is so sharp!!!!!! Honestly, for as cheap as this lens is, it is definitely one of the best!

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    50mm Bokeh Star

    |
    |
    Posted .

    This lens is great! I'm a beginner photographer and everywhere I read, every YouTube guru, and photography professional recommends having either a 35mm or 50mm prime lens. I chose this one. I've taken around 300 photos with it, and over 60% of those are keepers. It's my favorite lens - no doubt. Perfect for portraits, and it provides that beautiful Bokeh that makes your subject stand out.

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Make me your first!

    |
    |
    Posted .

    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

    |
    |
    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    This is a fantastic, affordable lens. I was looking for something to take low-light photos of my home renovation projects and dogs. This does the trick. It draws in so much light creating beautiful, "golden hour" type photos. A great addition to any amateur photographer's lens collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend