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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
  • Item model number: 2199
  • ASIN: B004Y1AYAC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900 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
Features
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
Weight185g280g800g350g385g
Diameter72mm73.5mm83mm80mm83mm
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

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    107 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. E. Johnson on 30 Oct 2012
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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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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul Scott on 3 April 2014
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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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    84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By redsnap on 16 Aug 2012
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    worked as a pro for 23 years. i can't believe i've only just discoverd this gem. never really needed it as i have 14-24 24-70 etc..
    all of a sudden i find myself working with this lens in preference to the others. makes you work a little harder but the results. i'm wondering now about the £1300 spent on the 24-70. would advise aspiring snappers not to bother (weight/performance)
    i'd suggest the 50mm every time...at this price expecially. buy it. you'll never regret it.
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    64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By BooTayne on 9 July 2011
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    I've been using the kit lens on my Nikon D90 for some time now which is perfectly adequate but decided I needed to start investing in some new lenses. I'd read some good reviews on this recently launched 50mm lens and decided to buy it.

    After having used it a few times, I've been very impressed with the results. It's a great lens for portraits and for producing that Bokeh effect. Low light images without flash are a lot better than the 18-105mm kit lens but as there's no vibration reduction/image stabilisation built into the lens, you'll be better of with a tripod in low light conditions. In normal/bright conditions the lens works magnificently and you won't miss the lack of VR.

    In a DX-format camera such as the D90, the angle of view is more like 75mm, rather than 50mm as it would be if used on a FX-format camera. This isn't a huge problem but when I first started using the lens, I did miss the lack of zoom. It took me a while to get used to walking backwards or forwards to frame the shot instead of using zoom. In fact, depending on what the lens would mainly be used for, some people may prefer the older 35mm version of this lens (if the price is right!) as that would be equivalent to 50mm on a DX camera.

    Make no mistake, this a great lens at a great price and I'd recommend it to anyone. Having said that, I think I'll carry on using it mainly for portraits only or when I want to create natural looking bokeh backgrounds. For general photography, I think I'd miss my zoom lens too much. Yes, for most situations you can physically move closer or further away from the subject but there are times when you want to be able to zoom in close to a subject without invading their space, for example during a wedding ceremony. So as much as I like this lens, I think I'll soon be investing in a quality zoom lens (why oh why, do they have to be so damned expensive!).
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 13 Aug 2014
    This lens updates the design of the older 50mm f1.8 D model with the newer AF-S silent wave motor making it compatible with all Nikon DSLR bodies (the older D version is screw drive only and won't AF with the entry level models)

    Styling is very similar to the 35mm f1.8 G lens with the built roughly on a par with that, in addition you do get a focus distance scale on the lens. In line with other budget Nikkor prime lenses you get the lens hood and bag included.

    This is a full frame lens and makes for an good value purchase for both full frame and APS-C users, APS-C users should seek out the 35mm f1.8 G firstly though as this gives an equivalent field of view of just over 50mm.
    A quick hit list of some of the stronger and weaker points of the lens:

    Good stuff:
    + Well priced, decent built quality + good bundle overall (bag and hood)
    + Optical performance is very acceptable even wide open at f1.8
    + AF-S motor is fast and allows full time manual focus, it is also quiet (though not entirely silent) Front element does not extend or rotate on focus (handy for filter use)
    + Excellent resolution stopped down very sharp, corners are quite good improving stopping the lens down a few stops are very sharp
    + Generally good resistance to flare

    Not so hot:
    - Some CA/fringing on out of focus areas (better controlled than the 35mm f1.8 G though)
    - Minor distortion very mild but most 50mm lenses have a little less very unlikely to be a field relevant problem
    - Whilst it's usable wide open contrast is somewhat reduced

    Out of focus blur/bokeh/rendering is quite good ( it can be slightly edgy at faster apertures with foreground subjects), and can show some fringing at faster apertures.
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