Nikon Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A


About Nikon 50mm F/1.8

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Fast, f/1.8 compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) lens
This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (Bokeh). The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G includes Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) for fast and precise autofocus, M/A Focus Mode Switch for seamless changes between manual and autofocus operation and an aspherical lens element for outstanding optical performance with high contrast.

The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a 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, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (514),Fast / accurate auto-focus (502),Consistent output (322),Easily interchangeable (289),Nice bokeh (248),Durable (211),Strong construction (179),Rugged (98),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 (38),Slow focus (22),Tough to attach (20),Blurry focus (8),Difficult to clean (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (318),Night photography (251),Weddings (181),Landscape/scenery (158),Portraits (126),General purpose (106),Sports/action (73),Macro photography (57),Wildlife photos (47),Travel (36),Video (28),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 (200),Enthusiast (114),Semi-pro photographer (104),Casual photographer (63),Semi-professional (36),Pro photographer (24),Photography student (16),Professional (14),Casual user (6),Beginner (6)

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Features

  • Brilliance In Any Light Get astonishing low light results
    This lightweight standard lens is a great travel companion because you never know when a beautiful, sunny day will turn cloudy and rainy. With its fast f/1.8aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance
  • Beautiful Background Blur Achieve more natural depth of field
    Whether you're shooting portraits, food or nature indoors or outdoors the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings. And its 50mm focal length is perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs
  • Capture Every Detail Shoot tack-sharp portraits every time
    Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare, while the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G's Aspherical Lens Element (AS) virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberrations
  • SWM Quiet Autofocus significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations rather than a gear system to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
  • M/A Quick Switching from AF to MF When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.
  • AS Effective Aberration Correction Since the 1960s, aspherical lenses have been an important part of the NIKKOR lens family. Virtually eliminating coma and other types of aberration, every new addition to the lineup provides a new level of contrast, resolution and compact design.
  • SIC Reduce Lens Flare and Ghosting Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
F stop range
1.8 - 16
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
FX Format 47° / DX Format 31°
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
6 Groups / 7 Elements
Diaphragm Blades
Aspherical Lens Element
1 Element
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Focus Mode
Closest Focusing Distance
1.48 ft./ 0.45 m
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 2.8x 2.1 in. / 72.1 x 52.4 mm
(Approx.) 6.6 oz / 185g

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Favorite Lens!

I comtemplated getting this lens (upgrading my 50 1.8d to this 50 1.8g) for a while and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner! I love this lens, it's my go-to lens for almost everything I shoot. The bokeh is great, sharp focus, and it performs very well in low light. I would reccomend this to any photographer!

Reviewed by 753 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  Does it come is original packaging/box?
CHARLES W  No it did not come in it's original box but was well packaged. Appearance and performance have been perfect!
Kathy B  Would this lens fit my D5000?
CHARLES L  Yes, It works on the D5000. I use it on my D5100. Just be aware, it is more of a portrait lens on an cropped sensor like ours. It is the equivalent of a 75MM and is very "zoomed in". It is great for head-shots. But if you want the someones entire body in the picture, you have to back way up. Which is not always possible indoors. I use my 35mm 1.8 about 90% of the time and only use this one about 10% of the time. If you are looking for great head-shot portraits, this one if perfect. But if you are using it for more all-around shooting, and you don't have the 35mm 1.8, I would recommend you get that one first. It is about the same cost and also does great portraits. The 35mm is the equivalent of a 50mm on an APS-C sensor like the 5000 series. They are both great lenses for the price!
Shopper  will it work on a D70 body?
KENDRICK K  I don't know since I didn't use it on a D300.
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