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About Nikon 50mm F/1.8

This Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Bundle comes with $11.00 worth of free accessories including a Vivitar 3-Piece UV/CPL/ND8 58mm Filter Kit, and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

Nikon 50mm F1.8G AF-S Lens

Want to look like a better photographer because you use a great lens? We won’t tell. Achieve Nikon’s famous beautiful background blur with the Nikon 50mm F1.8G AF-S Lens, a do-it-all lens that has the capacity to handle everything from night photography to live video.

Product Highlights

  • Silent, effective autofocus can switch seamlessly to manual control to let you manipulate the photos as you desire. This is especially an attractive feature for professional photographers who want a little more control over the end result of their photos. Use the Nikon 50mm f1.8G to test this out and see the kind of control you can use.
  • Handle just about any low light situation, whether it’s a cityscape or a landscape or even a wedding event. Many of the customers of the Nikon 50mm F/1.8 praise its ability to work within low light parameters, giving you the freedom to work outside the studio.
  • The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is, above all, easy to use. If you’re a casual photography enthusiast who wants a quick technological boost to the quality of their photos, this is the lens for you.

Including a front lens cap, a rear lens cap, and a CL-1013 soft case, this lens package will offer you just about everything you need to graduate from amateur photographer to serious photographer.



Learn about the Nikon 50mm F1.8G AF-S Lens

Life, much like photography, is largely about the lens from which you view it. Fortunately, in photography, upgrading your lens is quite an easy thing. Simply pick a lens like the Nikon 50mm F1.8G AF-S Lens and you’ll be off and running, whether you’re a casual photography enthusiast or someone who’s been in the professional photography game for quite a while. But what makes this lens so professional, so versatile, and so capable of producing professional-quality shots at the drop of a hat—or, in this case, a shutter? Let’s zoom in and take a closer look.



  • Fast, precise—and silent—autofocus. A good lens capable of taking dozens of shots within a short time period needs to excel at one very important characteristic: autofocus. The Nikon 50mm lens does this in a number of ways. For starters, the autofocus is fast and precise, utilizing Silent Wave Motor technology (also known as SWM) to ensure that your autofocus does its job quickly and efficiently without drawing a lot of attention to itself. That’s the kind of reliable service even the most professional of photographers require from a versatile lens.
  • Plenty of user control. Let’s say that you’re more professional than amateur enthusiast, and you want to ditch the autofocus. The M/A Focus Mode Switch makes for easy changes between manual and autofocus. The aspherical lens element will ensure that you can take high-contrast shots in manual mode if you so desire, giving you greater control over the lens and more artistic license to produce something that’s entirely your own. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8might look like a point-and-shoot lens, but it’s much more than that.
  • Ideal, durable construction. The construction of the lens itself is of paramount importance—especially in a lens so versatile that you’ll likely always have it on you. The strong, sharp, and even rugged construction here looks heavy, but it’s lightweight enough to justify carrying this lens with you on every photography gig you procure. And if you wanted more assurance that it’s going to remain durable, you can utilize the Nikon 5-year USA warranty (a 1-year international warranty with 4 years of USA warranty added on).
  • Use at night if you desire. Customers frequently praise the ability of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens to do its job even in low light situations. This makes it perfect for sunset landscape shots, natural lighting affairs, and night parties like wedding receptions. This includes the ability to use the video features at night if you need to take live footage of those memorable events you won’t want to lose.
  • Consistency. If you’re shopping for a “do it all” type camera lens here at Adorama, then you need something with the consistency of the Nikon 50mm. It’s versatile enough to handle portraits, sports, studio photography, weddings, wildlife photos, and much, much more.

Bottom line? The Nikon 50mm F1.8G AF-S Lens provides plenty of freedom, including the freedom to control your own focus or switch to automatic and utilize the freedom that quick photography gives you. Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, you can rest easy knowing that the Nikon 50mm F/1.8 offers exactly what you need in low light, low-prep situations. Secure here at Adorama a Nikon 50mm 1.8 g lens and you’ll be glad you did.



From the Manufacturer
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 Everyday, Home, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Portrait, Portraits, Sports/action, Studio, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, 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: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Reliable, Rugged, Sharp and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
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
Cons:
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

  • 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
Format
FX/35mm
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
0.15x
Construction
6 Groups / 7 Elements
Diaphragm Blades
7
Aspherical Lens Element
1 Element
Super Integrated Coating
Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Yes
Focus Mode
Auto
Manual
Manual/Auto
Closest Focusing Distance
1.48 ft./ 0.45 m
G-type
Yes
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 2.8x 2.1 in. / 72.1 x 52.4 mm
Weight
(Approx.) 6.6 oz / 185g

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Reviews

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4.7

(based on 743 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (556)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (170)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better Than Expected

This lens was recommended to me by my friend after I was complaining about shooting in low light for indoor sports. It is very inexpensive, so I bought it. I love this lens. It is so useful, and it has helped me produce some phenomenal pictures in low light. The depth of field has a very large range, so it is very versatile. The build is good, nothing special, just a standard plastic structure. The autofocus is accurate and fast; perfect for close-up sports. However, I use this lens now for s...

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This lens was recommended to me by my friend after I was complaining about shooting in low light for indoor sports. It is very inexpensive, so I bought it. I love this lens. It is so useful, and it has helped me produce some phenomenal pictures in low light. The depth of field has a very large range, so it is very versatile. The build is good, nothing special, just a standard plastic structure. The autofocus is accurate and fast; perfect for close-up sports. However, I use this lens now for so many other things like nature and other stills. Love it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The greatness doesn't last....

This lens arrived in perfect condition. It is a sturdy lens, that attaches easily. The picture quality was terrific for the first few sessions. Then, the lens started to have focusing issues. It is currently not unusable after 5 months (aprox 10 sessions). It cannot focus on more then one face at a time in either manual or automatic. It consistently back focuses. At first I thought it was my inabiltiy to focus, however after another photographer also had issues with focus using it, I am going...

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This lens arrived in perfect condition. It is a sturdy lens, that attaches easily. The picture quality was terrific for the first few sessions. Then, the lens started to have focusing issues. It is currently not unusable after 5 months (aprox 10 sessions). It cannot focus on more then one face at a time in either manual or automatic. It consistently back focuses. At first I thought it was my inabiltiy to focus, however after another photographer also had issues with focus using it, I am going to return it. After reading reviews on several other websites, it is clear that this lens has a history of starting out storng and ending weak.

Reviewed by 743 customers

 
5.0

Great value!

By

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)

 
5.0

Awesome lens!

By

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!

 
4.0

Great lens for the price

By

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)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

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)

 
5.0

This is problably best money spend on lens ever

By

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 !

 
5.0

50mm f/1.8G Af-s Nikkor Lens

By

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)

 
1.0

unable to focus properly

By

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)

 
5.0

AF-S NIKOR 50mm f/1.8 G Great great lens

By

from Gilbert, AZ, USA

Works with D50, great lens, good for indoor low light. Happy with it. recommend it.

 
4.0

Great glass, auto focus problem

By

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)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By

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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janett h  does it fit this lens with the nikon d3000 camera?
BRYAN T  It will without question. Great lens for low light indoor photography. For the money your are getting a ridiculous, crisp portrait lens for $200. It's a no brainier.
Shopper  is this lens compatible with Nikon D3000?
PRI K  Yes it's compatible with pretty much of all the D series cameras. Takes great shots too
Shopper  is this lens a full frame lens? we are shooting a D800 and looking for a full frame lens
DEAN H  HI, I use this lens on a Nikon D7000 which has a cropped sensor. I purchased it as I am on a limited budget. The lens works fantastically the way I use which is for close up and portrait photography. It will work equally as well on a full frame sensor. However, since you have purchased the D800 I think it would be in your best interest to go with the Nikon 50mm f1.4 which is even faster. Either lens will perform nicely but for $200.00 more you can have one of the best!! Good Luck!!
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