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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special: Picture 1 regular $276.95

About Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special

The lightweight, compact AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition from Nikon is a great travel companion, especially when you need to freeze fast action or if a bright sunny day turns overcast. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture makes framing and focusing easier, and allows for high shutter speeds and full exposures under dim lighting conditions.

When shooting wide open at f/1.8, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition renders beautifully blurred backgrounds (bokeh). Make a tack-sharp foreground subject stand out against a softly blurred background, a capability especially well suited for portraits. The lens' 50mm focal length (75mm on DX-format cameras) approximates the angle of view of our eyes, perfect for creating natural perspective in your photographs.

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is a remarkable blend of classic exterior styling and modern optics and lens technologies. Its focus ring features the easy to grip knurling/hatching from classic manual focus lenses, while its autofocus system uses Nikon's innovative Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, near silent precision focusing. SWM also allows for seamless manual focus override when fine adjustments are desired. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition will give you years of brilliant performance.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (509),Fast / accurate auto-focus (496),Consistent output (319),Easily interchangeable (284),Nice bokeh (239),Durable (214),Strong construction (179),Rugged (97),Easy to use (27),Easily mounted (23),Clear glass (22),Reliable (19) 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 (310),Night photography (248),Weddings (176),Landscape/scenery (157),Portraits (129),General purpose (106),Sports/action (72),Macro photography (55),Wildlife photos (46),Travel (40),Video (27),Landscape photography (27) Everyday (26),Fun (18),Photojournalism (17),Special effects (17),Home (15),Portrait (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 (197),Enthusiast (116),Semi-pro photographer (101),Casual photographer (63),Semi-professional (37),Pro photographer (23),Photography student (16),Professional (15),Casual user (6),Beginner (6)

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Features

  • Brilliance in any light: Fast f/1.8 aperture for superior low-light performance
  • Beautiful background blur: Natural depth of field and attractive bokeh
  • Outstanding performance: Advanced NIKKOR optics and Nikon lens technologies
  • Classically styled: Classically styled 50mm FX-format prime (fixed focal length) lens designed to match the Nikon DF but equally stylish on any Nikon D-SLR.
  • Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture: Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture for brilliant low light performance, freezing fast action with high shutter speeds and beautifully blurred backgrounds (bokeh).
  • Superb NIKKOR optics: Superb NIKKOR optics and Nikon's innovative Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, near silent precision autofocus with seamless manual override.
  • Compact: Compact, lightweight design an outstanding travel companion and everyday lens.

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length Range
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
31° 30'
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Lens Elements
7 elements
Lens Groups
6 groups
Compatible Formats
Diaphragm Blades
7 (rounded)
Distance Information
7 (rounded)
Aspherical Elements
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Minimum Focus Distance
1.5ft (0.45m) from focal plane
Focus Mode
Auto, manual
Filter Size
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
2.8 x 2.0" (73 x 52.5mm)
6.7 oz (190g)
Mfr #

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Reviews

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Reviewed by 764 customers


Great lens but tight fit on D750


from Richmond, VA, USA

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.


Excellent street and lowlight lens


from Anderson SC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

fast lens with excellent low light capability

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Purple spot at f/8 or more...


from brazil

purple spot appears on "black" objects on all shots taken at f/8 to f/22 with light sources


Filled a hole in my line up


from san angelo, texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


50mm 1.8d


from New Jersey  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


Cheap fast prime lens, manual focus


from Harrison, Me

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.


Wonderful prime lens


from Citrus County, FL, USA

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).


Great Product


from Brunswick, GA, USA

I feel as though this lens is fast and crisp. I use it for wildlife and portraits. very versatile for aprime lens!


Great lightweight lens!!


from Melbourne, FL  -  Professional

I love bringing this lens on a second body. It is very lightweight, sharp, quiet and of course, has beautiful bokeh.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


My Go-To Glass


from Columbia, SC, USA

I love this lens. Watched Youtube videos where some reviews made critical comments about it being plastic instead of metal. That means nothing to me. This was my first lens, and it is miles beyond the kit lenses. This lens will immediately increase your confidence in what you can do with your camera. You will become very familiar with the word "bokeh" as you use this lens.


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Shopper  Does this lens fit the nikon D7100 and the D5100?
BRIAN H  Absolutely yes for both. All functions will work properly.
Shopper  Does this lens fit the nikon D7100 and the D5100?
BRIAN H  Absolutely yes for both. All functions will work properly.
Shopper  What is the difference between this lens and the standard 50mm 1.8 G lens?
FARLEY M  According to Ken Rockwell this lens is just a cosmetics change to be a companion lens to the new Nikon Df. I've had it for about a week now, covered an evening low-light corporate dinner event with it and it was what I could expect from a 50 1.8 in those circumstances. I've only tried it on the D3200 and find the focus speed to be okay. It's sharp at shallow apertures, but focusing is critical to achieve that as with any 1.4-1.8 lens. I have yet to try it on other bodies such as the D800E, and Nikon F5 & N75 film bodies. Get this lens if you have a Nikon body without an AF-D screw motor. It will work on both FX and DX. I'm surprised I've waited so long to get one ( having many other 50mm's both manual and AF-D)
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