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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, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portrait, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual photographer, Casual user, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, 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, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (506),Fast / accurate auto-focus (495),Consistent output (318),Easily interchangeable (284),Nice bokeh (239),Durable (212),Strong construction (179),Rugged (97),Easy to use (24),Easily mounted (23),Clear glass (22),Reliable (17) Simple controls (16),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 (175),Landscape/scenery (156),Portraits (128),General purpose (106),Sports/action (71),Macro photography (55),Wildlife photos (46),Travel (38),Video (27),Landscape photography (27) Everyday (24),Fun (18),Photojournalism (17),Special effects (17),Portrait (14),Home (14),Art (11),Studio (10),Documentary (9),Back-up (6),Wildlife (5),Indoors (3),Street photography (3),Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (196),Enthusiast (115),Semi-pro photographer (100),Casual photographer (63),Semi-professional (37),Pro photographer (23),Photography student (16),Professional (14),Casual user (6),Beginner (6)

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Features

  • 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 749 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great lens with many bonus capabilities

This lens is the perfect portrait lens for indoor and outdoor use. 50mm Focal Length 50mm on an APS-C sensor translates to 75mm on a full frame. What this means for indoor people photography is that for capturing faces and expressions of one or two people, this lens is great. If you need to capture more of a subjects' body/clothing or 3-8 people, a 30mm - 35mm lens would be more suitable. f/1.8 - f/22 Aperture f/1.8 is a very fast lens. Nikon makes an f/1.4 50mm as well, but I recommend this...

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This lens is the perfect portrait lens for indoor and outdoor use. 50mm Focal Length 50mm on an APS-C sensor translates to 75mm on a full frame. What this means for indoor people photography is that for capturing faces and expressions of one or two people, this lens is great. If you need to capture more of a subjects' body/clothing or 3-8 people, a 30mm - 35mm lens would be more suitable. f/1.8 - f/22 Aperture f/1.8 is a very fast lens. Nikon makes an f/1.4 50mm as well, but I recommend this lens over it(more on that later). f/1.8 is much faster than f/2.8 (think Nikon 24mm-70mm f/2.8)and allows you to utilize faster shutter speeds. If you take pictures in RAW, this comes in very handy as it's much easier to fix exposure issues than focus issues post processing. I also have an SB-800 flash which produces amazing photos when used properly, but is heavy, bulky, and takes a few seconds to mount to the camera. With this lens, I rarely need to take the flash out. Regarding f/1.4 alternatives, depth of focus is very shallow at f/1.8 and gets worse at f/1.4. Although you have even better low light performance with f/1.4, it is more difficult to get a subject in focus. For example, at f/1.4, if your camera focuses on a person's ears, their nose will be out of focus. If there are two people posing and one is slight in front of the other, one person will be out of focus. It is better to increase the ISO setting rather than going with a wider aperture at this point. If cost isn't a concern, by all means go with the f1.4D lens (AF only not AF-S), it will cost you $200 more, but you will not be missing much by sticking with the f/1.8. Just think about a 400hp car vs a 500hp car, not too much real world difference. AF Lens (not AF-S) This lens focuses quickly and is quite sharp. This AF lens does not have a silent wave motor built in (not an AF-S). The biggest concern for buyers to watch out for is that it will not auto focus with AF-S only bodies (Nikon D40, D60, D3000, D5000). The camera will attach ok, but it will not auto focus. Of secondary concern is the noise of the auto focus, which is higher than an AF-S lens, but not too objectionable. Manual Aperture Ring (D type lens) Nikon removes the manual aperture ring on some lenses to reduce weight, reduce size, and reduce costs on some lenses. The "D" indicator means this lens has a manual aperture ring. For 99% of users, D or non D lenses don't make a difference. If you dabble in macro photography a popular technique is to reverse mount your lens (using a reverse ring mount for ~$10 bucks) and put your lens on backwards. You can then manually adjust the aperture and shutter to create the perfect macro shot. This is definitely not a decision making feature, but it was quite nice to discover this lens could take awesome macro shots when reversed. Image Quality I pixel peep most my photos and the images from this lens are extremely sharp. Also there is very little distortion around the edges. And vignetting is almost nonexistent. That is to be expected from such a simple design. There are only 7 aperture blades, so some lens flares show up as being seven sided polygons. Bokeh is also very nice (smooth and even toned) on this lens, especially at f/2.8 and below. Quality It's a $100-$130 lens, so the body is plastic and is made in China. I find when mounting the lens, it's a bit tight on my D90 body. My biggest gripe is that some stickers are peeling off (like the serial number on the bottom) which is annoying, but doesn't affect performance in any way. Bottom Line If you are thinking about getting this lens, just get it. At ~$125, you can't go wrong. If you are thinking about the f/1.4 equivalent, if $200 is not a big deal, go for the upgrade (why not?). If you need the AF-S lens, then you'll have to pay $300-$350 more, so be sure that a prime lens (fixed focus) is something you really want, rather than buying a zoom lens. If you're thinking about the 35mm equivalent, this is more a "face" camera. Just ask yourself whether you capture people's faces or more group photos.


Most Liked Negative Review


Soft at f/1.8

This lens produces very sharp images so long as you use it in the mid range of f-stops (i.e. f/4 - f/16). However, if you are considering this lens for low light applications where you plan to use it at f/1.8, the images are noticeable soft and (to me) almost unusable. I tried 2 versions of this lens and had the same result. For the price, this is a great lens. However, there is a reason that good prime glass costs way more than [...]!

Reviewed by 749 customers


wouldn't autofocus at first.


from McKinney, TX

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.


loving the nifty 50..


from Bronx, N.Y.  -  Semi-Professional

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..


Perfect Portraits


from Raleigh  -  Photography Student

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.


Great Product


from Oklahoma City, OK.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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.


I heard nothing but great things.


from 17074

Had great experience on chat.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Prime Lens


from Dallas, TX, USA

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 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.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JON S  I chose this lens for its great reviews, perfect price range and I wanted a clear and simple portrait lens.
Shopper  compatible with nikon dslr 3100?
JOE H  I assume so, fits my D90 perfectly.
Shopper  BEst lense for beginner?
DOUG B  I think it is a great lens for a beginner, It is very good in low light, and for the price, you can't go wrong. If you don't have a full frame sensor on your camera, more like a APS-C camera body the 50mm becomes a 75mm lens. Hope you enjoy it.
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