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About Nikon 50mm F/1.8

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 (503),Fast / accurate auto-focus (494),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 (173),Landscape/scenery (155),Portraits (126),General purpose (106),Sports/action (71),Macro photography (55),Wildlife photos (45),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 (99),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: 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 50mm F/1.8 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)

Nikon 50mm F/1.8 Reviews

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Reviewed by 742 customers

(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!


Love this lens!


from NC

I'm new to the DSLR community so I did some research on what lens would be the best fit for my needs...mainly taking photos of my nine month old. I'm so glad I chose this lens - the photos I've taken with it are beautiful. I still have a lot to learn so I can't wait to see everything this lens is capable of!


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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  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)
Shopper  where was it made?
Andrew R  Most of Nikon's optics are now manufactured in China.
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