About Nikon 50mm F/1.8

This compact and fast, f/1.8 lens is versatile and perfect for travel and portrait pictures as well as general photography.

Note: AF not supported by D40 and D60, D3100, D3000, D3100, D5000 cameras

The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portrait, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 50mm F/1.8: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (504),Fast / accurate auto-focus (495),Consistent output (317),Easily interchangeable (283),Nice bokeh (239),Durable (210),Strong construction (178),Rugged (97),Easily mounted (23),Clear glass (22),Easy to use (22),Simple controls (16) Reliable (15),Sharp (11),Easy to clean (9),Fast (9),Good in low light (9),Inexpensive (5),Good price / value (4),Compact (3),Price (3),Sharp images (3),Small (3),Great price (3),Very sharp (3) View All
Weak casing (37),Slow focus (21),Tough to attach (20),Blurry focus (8),Difficult to clean (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (309),Night photography (247),Weddings (174),Landscape/scenery (156),Portraits (126),General purpose (106),Sports/action (71),Macro photography (55),Wildlife photos (46),Travel (36),Video (27),Landscape photography (26) Everyday (22),Fun (18),Photojournalism (17),Special effects (17),Portrait (14),Home (13),Art (11),Documentary (9),Studio (9),Back-up (6),Wildlife (5),Indoors (3),Street photography (3),Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (196),Enthusiast (114),Semi-pro photographer (100),Casual photographer (63),Semi-professional (36),Pro photographer (23),Photography student (15),Professional (14),Casual user (6),Beginner (6)

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Features

  • D-type lens design provides distance information as part of flash and ambient light exposure processes.
  • An affordable Nikkor that combines the ease of autofocus operation with advanced Nikon optics.
  • Ideal for scenery or full-length portraits.
  • Weighs only 5.1 ounces.
  • Stops down to f/22 for additional depth of field control.

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Specifications

5 Groups/ 6 Elements
Angle of view
FX Format 46° / DX Format 31°
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film

Note: AF not supported by D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100 & D5000 cameras
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1.1 x 2.5"
5.1 oz.

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 744 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Best lens ever

This is the best lens ever. I use it for everything and have had the most amazing results. So sharp. Takes the most beautiful shots of eyes and sleeping babies. Love it and recommend it to everyone.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not Bad for the price

The price you pay for this lens it's worth it. But the quality is not the best. It's all made with plastic and doesn't feel too strong. But once again, it's very inexpensive compared to other brands. So, if you don't have a large budget, and need a fast lens, this is the best option.

Reviewed by 744 customers


I heard nothing but great things.


from 17074

Had great experience on chat.


Great value!


from Central Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great inexpensive lens. Fast, sharp, can't afford to not have one of these in your bag.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great fast prime lens!


from Austin, TX, USA

I got this lens primarily to do head shots for musicians and actors and I couldn't be happier with the results I've gotten. Tack sharp detail, great depth of field for bokeh, and very vivid colors especially in the f/2 range. Light weight and very quiet auto focus round out the best qualities of this lens. If you can only afford one prime lens, this is the one to get.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome lens!


from Massachusetts, USA

This lens is one of my favorite lens I owe. It comes with me on all shoots and is a preferred lens when that focal length works! I use it on my D800 with amazing results. Awesome sharpness and fantastic bokeh, highly recommended lens especially for the price!


Great lens for the price


from San Jose, CA, USA

Been using this lens for about 8 years now. I personally didn't really like the 50mm range on the DX, but loved it on my FX. I really like the color this lens brings out, and the bokeh it produces. The only thing I find a bit annoying about this lens is the noise of the focusing when set to AF.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from Edmonton, AB, Canada

Running it at about 75mm on a DX camera. It is a sharp fast lens that works decently indoors without a flash. Don't miss it not having VR either as with the f1.8 lens it is quick enough in most situations you won't miss it. Everything I read so far was right. You do need a fixed focus lens for your first DSLR and this is a great one for the money.

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


This is problably best money spend on lens ever


from Undisclosed

Coming to prime lens which is a further extensive decision that i took, I got stuck with lot of options. There are too many prime lenses available and was unable to find the best one suitable for me. I have gone to many reviews and recommendations through out the net finally i purchased this lens. What can i say.. its so awesome for street photography and Bokey is just Bockelicious..! (sorry my spellings are wrong) The lens is very fast and very compatible with my D7100. The AF speed good and decent, and it can be overdrive anytime- I found this more useful feature - better than 1.8D. Sharpness is good wide open and excellent from 2.2 and up- the tested copy of 50mm G's on SLR gear site must be a lemon copy ( also at 2.2 has little less vignetting and bokeh fringing), contrast is very good wide open and it's not hazy(!) like in other primes wide open apertures. It' renders good natural colors with neutrall feel in them perhaps little towards warm side and not very ''cold'' looking ( at least on my copy). A lot of people say that 50mm is useless on dx- I don't agree on this I think this is totally fine focal length on dx !


50mm f/1.8G Af-s Nikkor Lens


from WI  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use the lens at indoor Basketball Games. It is great in the low/yellow light situations. Love it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


unable to focus properly


from Outer Banks

Just got this lens....brand new. First, I have a very hard time putting it on, and taking it off my camera. I feel as though I will break either my camera or the lens. Second, it will not focus at all. When I look through my viewfinder it's a blurred mess. Third, I believe the focus ring is messed up. It seems like a cheap plastic mess. I will try one more time, but It will probably be going back. My Canon has a great 50mm 1.8. No problems with it at all.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


AF-S NIKOR 50mm f/1.8 G Great great lens


from Gilbert, AZ, USA

Works with D50, great lens, good for indoor low light. Happy with it. recommend it.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BRETT W  It is good and cheap. I was making the jump up to Full frame and this is a quick budget-friendly addition.
Shopper  Will this work with D40?
KRISTEN M  It will work with manual focus. The auto focus will not work.
Shopper  Is this lens compatible with D40?
JOHN B  No. The auto-focus would not work on your camera. Look for lenses that are AF-S.
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