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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 (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

  • 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 743 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 743 customers


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 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.


Great glass, auto focus problem


from Kansas City, USA

While this is indeed a sharp as a tack lens, it is undermined by persistent autofocus problems that have been an issue for at least 3 years so far as I can tell. When focusing using the viewfinder the autofocus is phase detect. With my D5300 this results in consistent autofocus error in lower light at close distances. No matter what I do, the focus is about 6 inches behind where I'm trying to focus. When using the LCD screen autofocus is correct. I've been told and read this is because autofocus is contrast based when using the LCD screen. Not everyone has this problem. Nikon has offered to pay for shipping the lens and my camera to a service center, but I have declined until I can find out what they propose to do.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens!


from Carmel, IN, USA

I was deciding between the 1.4 and the 1.8. After reading many reviews, I picked this lens, didn't disappoint!


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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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