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 Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Video, Weddings and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, 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: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
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Do not worry about the refurbish. It is hand inspected by Nikon (vs. just regular quality control check for new lens). This is a 50mm prime, you do not need a 5 year warranty, if it works when you get it, it will work for the next 50 years (very few moving parts and very simple design). Save 25% vs. the normal retail. For the lens itself - its the nifty fifty. Everyone should have one. Cheap, lightweight, sharp, NO distortion. Put on DX camera and its a great portrait lens. Put on FX and its ...View full Review
Do not worry about the refurbish. It is hand inspected by Nikon (vs. just regular quality control check for new lens). This is a 50mm prime, you do not need a 5 year warranty, if it works when you get it, it will work for the next 50 years (very few moving parts and very simple design). Save 25% vs. the normal retail. For the lens itself - its the nifty fifty. Everyone should have one. Cheap, lightweight, sharp, NO distortion. Put on DX camera and its a great portrait lens. Put on FX and its a great normal lens. If you have a DX and want a normal lens, buy the 35mm f/1.8. I own this as well, and it is GREAT! A little short for single person portraits, but great for walk around and group shots. The 50mm is awesome for head and bust shots (have to back up for full length or environmental shots, but if you have the space, works well for these too. I love this lens and for [$] I cannot recommend it enough!!!!Here are the only downsides to the lens:It needs a body with an internal focusing motor. This means it will NOT auto focus on D40/50/60/3000/3100/5000/5100. If you have these cameras and want auto focus 50mm, you need the 50mm 1.4G ($500 refurbished from adorama). If you don't mind manual focus, I recommend the 50mm f/1.8 E series off [...] ($30-$60 used). If you are looking for an auto focus normal lens for your DX camera, I recommend 35mm 1.8G ($260 refurbished from adorama, about $180 used from [...]). I have the 35mm 1.8DX and it is a great lens. Bottom line - 50mm 1.8 refurbished from adorama = great deal (less than a used lens from [...]). Fantastic portrait lens, great for low light and indoor photography (if you are using FX or have some room for DX) and great for detail landscapes. Very sharp when stopped down and beautiful bokeh when greater than f2.8 aperture. You can turn it around backwards for a cheap macro (no AF or metering of course), and it is really small and lightweight so it will fit in your camera bag.If you have a DX camera and have never used a fast lens or a prime, I recommend buying this lens (50mm 1.8) and the 35mm 1.8 (and 85mm 1.8 if you want telephoto and have the money) and you will be amazed at the results you will see compared to your kit lens! Zooms are convenient, but your image quality will be better if you have a prime lens and crop a little than if you always use the slow, cheap kit lens that came with you camera.
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The lens is cheap - both ways price and quality. Not working good - would be nice if they tell you before you buy , is made in China and to send this back it is more lost money so i m stuck with this cheap piece of plastic. i learned my lesson at least.
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I love bringing this lens on a second body. It is very lightweight, sharp, quiet and of course, has beautiful bokeh.
Just got the lens today and right out of the box I couldn't get it to autofocus on my Nikon D7000. This lens seemed to be a very tight fit when I twisted it onto the camera body. I could manually focus the lens, but couldn't get it to autofocus. After several minutes trying different things I by accident discovered that the lens release button had not popped out after twisting the lens on. I slightly backed the lens off till the button popped out. Problem solved! The lens will now autofocus. Now to see what kind of pictures I can take with this little jewel.
I'm using it with my D 7000 which makes it a very nice portrait lens.. it's light weight, a lot of plastic but doesn't feel cheap. Can get in close for the tight shots. A fast focus and image quality is great.. Things that aren't so great.....Haven't found any yet..
Received this lens in perfect condition! I absolutely love it and have used it for portrait photography. It has very sharp facial focus with beautiful background blur at f4, which is what I mostly use.
Portraits at family gatherings and landscape portraits when traveling are primary uses but not limited to them. Low light photos of indoor parties are great. Focus is fast and bokeh is sufficient for my uses. Saved some serious bucks going with the f/1.8 vs the f/1,4. Save some money and buy this lens. You won't be disappointed. The only bad thing I can say in regards to this purchase is that I had ordered it to use for my Grandsons B-Day party, but the shipping took more than 3 days so I missed that opportunity, and some great photo shots.
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I love this lens! Takes sharp pictures and is lightweight. This is the lens I always have on my camera, you won't regret this purchase!
Great inexpensive lens. Fast, sharp, can't afford to not have one of these in your bag.
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.
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!