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/1.8D 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/1.8D 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/1.8D is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D: 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
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...View full Review
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 [...]!
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The 50mm f/1.8D is the very first lens I bought along with my first Nikon. I tried them both out at the camera store before making my purchase. I found it to be a great first lens for so many reasons. Being an affordable fast prime lens is on top of that list. I've used it for black & white as well as color film photography. It is small and light that walking around photographing is not tiring. The filter size being 52mm makes it affordable to experiment with different filters. Though the autofocus doesn't work with entry-level DSLR, I'm not lowering how I rate this lens for it because the 50mm f/1.8D worked with the film camera I bought with it, F5. When I got my first DSLR, it worked just fine with it too. It focuses fast and the images are sharp and clear. When I want to be more creative than what the camera does, i manually set the aperture on the lens and manually adjust the focus to infinity for long exposures. For the price, you really can't complain about the value you get out of it. The 50mm f/1.8 is a great first lens when learning photography and provides years of use.
Bought the D instead of a G because of the slightly smaller size. Ended up exchanging it and going with the G model because it was a real tight fit when trying to mount and unmount from camera. My other lenses felt nice and smooth and easy to mount and unmount, this one felt like there was considerable amount of tension. G model did not have the issue. No complaints on the image.
fast lens with excellent low light capability
purple spot appears on "black" objects on all shots taken at f/8 to f/22 with light sources
Needed a good fast 50mm to fill a hole in my line up. Very pleased. Purchased as "used" with an E rating. When I opened it I could find no evidence of previous usage. It works great and I'll enjoy using this lens. Very light weight and photos are crisp and sharp.
My D7000 work with the 50 1.8d perfectly and it auto focus cause the camera as the built in motor. Sharp pictures. Always great to buy from Adorama specially on super sale items. I have no regret purchasing this lens for about 90 dollars. Thanks again Adorama. Alex
This lens is a steal for the money . I use it with my Nikon D3200 it only works in manual focus but it's F/1.8 aperture is great for low light conditions. I have used this lens to photograph stars, landscapes and people, a nice prime lens takes better pics than the kit lens that comes with the camera.
I love this lens. I use it on my d7100 and the results have been excellent. It is great in low light, very sharp, focuses quickly, and gives great crispness and color fidelity. At the price, this may be the best bargain in camera lenses, period. I highly recommend this lens for any camera with a focus motor in the camera (7000 series or higher).
I feel as though this lens is fast and crisp. I use it for wildlife and portraits. very versatile for aprime lens!
I love bringing this lens on a second body. It is very lightweight, sharp, quiet and of course, has beautiful bokeh.
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