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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

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  • 50mm FX format standard lens (75mm when used with a Nikon DX format SLR)
  • Fast maximum aperture of f/1.8
  • Aspherical lens element for superior image quality
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus
  • Ideal for low-light situations or portraits with smooth Bokeh

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Dimensions 7.2 cm x 5.3 cm x 7.2 cm 7 cm x 5.3 cm x 7 cm 3.9 cm x 6.3 cm x 6.3 cm 7.4 cm x 5.4 cm x 7.4 cm
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.2 x 7.2 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
  • Item model number: 2199
  • ASIN: B004Y1AYAC
  • Date first available at 28 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Image contains a diagram showing a cross-section through the lens and the shape and position of the lens elements.
An aspherical lens element helps eliminate distortion and enables a lighter and more compact design.

Known for its reliability, clarity and devotion to the needs of passionate photographers, NIKKOR the exclusive lens brand from Nikon, is on a quest to create the finest optics in the world. And with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens you get just that. Boasting a remarkably lightweight and compact body for such a fast aperture, this superb fixed focal-length lens is the ideal camera companion for those on the move.

A great choice for portraits, still-life shots, low-light scenes and more, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is an affordable option that every passionate photographer can appreciate.

Life Through a Lens

Whatever your ideas, experience or creative vision, there is always a NIKKOR lens to draw out your potential. This 50mm FX-format standard lens[1] with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 gives photographers an effortless way to shoot beautiful background bokeh and get a broader range of shooting opportunities in low light. These conditions also lead to a brighter viewfinder image making it easier to achieve the very best composition.

Picture shows a lifeguard's brightly coloured beach hut on a Florida, USA beach.
The wide aperture gives both superb depth-of-field control and excellent low-light performance.

Strikingly Crisp

Providing outstanding optical performance, the lens comprises 7 elements in 6 groups, in a design with one aspherical lens element. The iris diaphragm has seven rounded blades for a soft rendering effect producing high quality natural backgrounds. Featuring a newly designed optical system, the aspherical lens element offers superior image quality. Eliminating the problems of distortion and other types of lens aberrations, the aspherical element also contributes to the lighter and smaller lens design.

Silent Precision

Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason why professional photographers like NIKKOR lenses. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) converts travelling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and super quiet. So for discrete shooting you can set up the shot in an instant and camera focusing won’t disturb sensitive subjects like wildlife.

Picture shows a close-up view of a bowl of purple flowers with the background out of focus.
The rounded blades of the seven segment diaphragm produce beautifully natural bokeh.

Switching Focus

Combining ease-of-use and maximum precision, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens has two focus modes. In addition to Manual focus, Manual-priority autofocus (M/A) allows you to switch from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag, even during AF servo operation and regardless of the AF mode in use. This gives all the benefits of fast, automatic focusing while still retaining the ability to make fine focus adjustments before taking the shot.

NIKKOR Quality

Cleverly crafted in a way that only an optical manufacturer can understand, Nikon creates technologies that make NIKKOR lenses the best choice for any type of still or moving imagery. Omitting the need for an aperture ring, G-type lens aperture is controlled electronically through the camera. Electronic adjustment is not only very efficient but also allows Nikon to place a weather sealing on the lens mount, so you can shoot with complete confidence.

With the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens from Nikon your images will take on a distinct personality.

[1] Focal length of 50mm when used on a camera with an FX sensor. When fitted to a DX-format DSLR this lens has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 75mm lens in 35mm [135] format.

Product Feature Comparison

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is just one of a range of great NIKKOR lenses. Take a look at the table below comparing features with a selection of other fantastic lenses in the collection.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5–4.5G ED Lens
Lens Groups/Elements6/77/814/199/98/12
Angle of View (FX Format)47°46°75° to 8°10'28°30'100° to 63°
Angle of View (DX Format)31°30'31°30'53° to 5°20'18°50'76° to 44°
No. of Diaphragm Leaves79977
Minimum f-stopf/16f/16f/22-38f/16f/22-29
Minimum focus distance0.45m0.45m0.50m0.80m0.28m
Length (from lens mount)52.5mm54mm114.5mm73mm95mm
Filter Attachment Diameter58mm58mm77mm67mm77mm
Lens Hood includedHB-47HB-47HB-50HB-62HB-66
Lens Case includedCL-1013CL-1013CL-1120CL-1015CL-1118

Box Contains

  • AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
  • Snap-on front lens cap LC-58
  • Rear lens cap LF-4
  • Lens hood HB-47
  • Flexible lens pouch CL-1013

  • Customer Reviews

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    As an owner of multiple different nikon bodies, from a D300s (crop) to a D3 (full frame), I wanted a "nifty fifty" that could give me the performance I require for professional photography. Whilst the older AF 50mm F1.8D lens is optically sharp, the AF system is very loud and relatively slow, making it more of a nuisance to use. The 1.4D and 1.4G are both good lenses and do offer even better low light performance than the 1.8G does in this review, yet the technology used inside all the other nikon options is older. The AF-S 50mm F1.8G has an aspherical element, which the more expensive 1.4G and 1.4D lack. This results in the amount of coma and chromatic abberation in the photos you take be vastly reduced compared to if you used one of the other lenses.

    Even more importantly, the 1.8G is SHARPER than the 1.8D, 1.4D and 1.4G wide open. Compared to the 1.4G, its sharper across the entire frame when both lenses are at 1.8, plus remains sharper all the way to F5.6. If sharpness is critical to your work, this is the lens to get out of the nikon lineup. The results given on both the D300s and the D3 are exceptionally good and the lens will make you think more about composition and depth of field when you look through the view finder more, compared with zooms.
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    This lens is still by far my favourite lens. Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it. You will not have regrets buy it,
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    I use this lens with my D3300, and the improvement in quality over the photos taken with the stock lens supplied with the camera has been quite amazing.

    This lens gives truly superb results, detail is wonderfully sharp and much more like the equivalent of a film camera. I've attached some sample pictures and hopefully you can get an idea of the quality I'm getting.

    Things to note are:

    This lens is fixed at 50mm. It isn't a zoom lens so you'll need to frame your pictures a bit more carefully by moving around, closer and farther away. Because of the much higher quality you can crop photos down to frame them correctly. 50mm is still going to bring your subjects closer, e.g. it's great for portraits, and also for scenery. You'll get lots more exercise leaping around to get the pictures you want :). The lower aperture means the lens works in lower light without the pictures becoming grainy. You can take "macro like" shots, again simply because of the clarity and cropability.

    In the clock tower photo I was some distance away. What is left after cropping is just the middle third of the original. I've also zoomed into the clock face in another sample so that you can get an idea of the detail being captured.

    Like the title of this review says, this lens made me love my camera even more!...
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    I recently bought myself a Nikon D3200, as I wanted to give a DSLR a go. I've always enjoyed photography, but wanted to take it to the next level. I must say, I was pretty disappointed with the photos I was getting with my kit lens. I had been getting better results with my (albeit decent) compact. I was about to call it a day, but I thought I should try getting at least one more lens before hanging it up. I visited plenty of photography sites to get an idea of which size lens I should get and the 50mm seemed to be the one I wanted for the type of photos I wanted to take. I read the reviews for this one and they were almost universally positive. I must say, I agree with them all. Straight away I was getting the kind of results that I had been hoping for with the kit lens. It's hard to describe what is so much better - clarity and sharpness is one thing - but the photos are just way above anything I was taking before. It has made me want go out and get more lenses. Highly recommended.
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    I dont normally go in for writing reviews, but I'm so happy with the photos I've been taking with this lens, I thought I'd get on here and share! Before I start, I guess I should say that I'm using a Nikon D60 that I've had for a few years now so how this performs on other Nikon models may be a bit different? I considered other similar lenses by Sigma but ultimately chose this one as I have a Sigma 70-300mm that has never really produced images as sharp as I'd like.

    I bought the lens about 6 weeks ago primarily for portraits as it was cheaper than taking our newborn baby to a photographer for a photoshoot I was sure I could do myself! One floppy hat and a wet t-shirt (don't ask) later and we were well away!

    The depth of field this lens offers at f1.8 is beautiful and because it's so wide, it lets in loads of light so shooting in low light conditions is still quick and produces much better results than using the flash. The grandparents are visiting now so its coming in handy again for portraits with them and is easily my favourite lens right now!

    It's the first time I've shot with a prime lens so it takes a bit of getting used to moving yourself into the right position for the shot rather than using zoom but once you remember that, it's well worth it! I particularly like that it can be switched from fully manual focus to manual/auto so even when you have it in the auto-focus mode, you can still finely tweak the focus manually: a must for getting exactly the right point in focus!
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