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Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
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  • Compact and lightweight D-type normal lens
  • Compatible with all Nikon SLR cameras
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating for high-contrast images even with maximum aperture
  • Great depth-of-field control with down to f/22 of f/stops
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Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens + Tiffen 52mm UV Protector Filter + Quality 52mm DSLR Plastic Screw Mount Flower Petal Lens Hood
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 898 g
  • Item model number: 2137
  • ASIN: B00005LEN4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Offering natural image rendering and exceptional sharpness, the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D is a versatile, affordable prime lens. Extremely compact and lightweight—it weighs approximately 5.5 oz (155 g)— making it a convenient carry-around lens for nearly any shooting opportunity. Its aperture control ring enables smooth manual adjustments during Live View shooting, making it a great video partner, too.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Nikon 50mm F1.8D AF Nikkor Lens
  • Front lens cap LC-52
  • Rear lens cap LF-1 

  • Accepts 52mm filter HR-2 lens hood (not included)


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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lens on d5100 25 Aug 2011
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    This is a good quality lens at an affordable price. The technology may be 20+ years old but as they say "they don't make them like they used to". The wide aperture ensures excellent depth of field control, achieving the blurred background is almost too easy. The lens performs well under reduced light, when a wide aperture is selected moderate shutter speeds are maintained reducing the likelihood of camera shake. I use this lens for portraits, landscapes and it even works well as a macro lens.

    I bought this lens for Nikon D5100 and there are a few points to note. This lens will not auto focus on d3000/3100 or D5000/5100 as it has no in built motor. However enable the rangefinder function on the camera and manual focusing can be achieved quickly and accurately. Although the lens has an aperture ring, lock this at the minimum setting (f 22) before attaching the lens to the camera, and the aperture setting is controlled from the camera. Lastly due to smaller dx sensor this 50mm lens will act as a short telephoto no bad thing however you may have to zoom with your feet more.

    I'll conclude by saying that this is probably the best quality and value consumer nikkor lens out there: brilliant optics, vivid colours and bokeh. If you can live with manual focus on the d3000/d5000 systems then you will not regret buying this!
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    119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp 23 April 2008
    Agree with all that's been said. I've used this Gem of a lense on the D40 & more recently the D300. My take relates to JPEG image quality, I seldom shoot RAW mode. On either Nikon body the results are pin sharp, it's an excellent portrait lens. Close work is limited to about 2ft from the subject matter, the background blur in such circumstances is beautifully rendered. Focus is manual only on the D40, no real hassle using the focus ring until the 'focus OK' viewfinder indicator shows. The f1.8 allows freedom from flash in dim light situations, a real bonus. No issues with either build or image quality. Excellent 'bang for buck' - get a neutral filter at the same time, also good value from Amazon.
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    126 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Essential kit 26 Aug 2007
    By L. Otto VINE VOICE
    Firstly this lens is as sharp as a tack, and the image quality could not be better if they tried. If you're looking for results then you'll be hard pressed to find a better 50mm lens at ANY price.

    The build quality is very plasticky. Is this a problem? No. How much rough'n'tough do you expose your equipment to on a daily basis? Besides, the compact build is so tight that I doubt this lens would break if you dropped it!

    The autofocus is surprisingly loud for such a small lens, but it is snappy and always gets it right!

    I'd highly recommend this lens to everyone, its a fantastic addition and at such a low price it's definitely worth more than you pay for it!
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    162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover fun photography with your DSLR 21 Sep 2008
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    I've been seduced by ultrazoom lenses and cameras over the years and I had forgotten how good photography felt when you move you body rather than zoom in and out with your lens.

    The other reviews quite rightly highlight the excellent performance of the wide range of aperture settings from 1.8 to 22 so I don't want to repeat what they have said.

    I've been using my D300 with an 18-200mm lens for most of the time - occasionally swapping for a wide angle 10-20mm lens when needed. Both are fairly heavy, but very versatile. The 50mm is the first prime lens I have used since I started digital photography some 7 years ago.

    My whole attitude to the subject matter changes when I can't just zoom in and out, I find myself composing much more interesting shots. This has been a great addition for my DSLR.
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    42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Super sharp lens for a tiny price 20 April 2009
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    Put simply, this lens is fantastic. I have just got back from a trip to New York and decided to buy this lens for night shots, and pictures where I really wanted to control the depth of field, and at this, it excelled. It is super sharp, has excellent control over the depth of field, and is light and above all, cheap.

    I shoot on a D40 which cannot Auto Focus with this lens, but this was not a problem at all, and whilst you can now get an AF-S 35mm lens which the D40 can Auto Focus, it is 90 more expensive. I also found that as I took more time thinking about each shot as I had to manually focus each time, I ended up taking better pictures, compared to ones I might rush over with an Auto Focus lens.

    At f1.8 the shallow depth of field is staggering. Focus on your mouse, and the mouse mat will appear blurry, it really is that shallow! Moving up above f2.8 and above is when the lens really shines, with super sharp images, which surpass those taken on much more expensive lens.

    You really cannot go wrong for the price. The only thing worth noting is that on every Nikon digital camera except the D700, and D3/D3x, you are really getting 50mm with a 1.4 crop (due to the cameras smaller DX sensor), making this a 73mm lens. If you really want something a little wider then get the more expensive 35mm AF-S f1.8.

    I've said it once, and I'll say it again, this lens is fantastic. If you don't have one, get one!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens - my first prime 26 Jun 2012
    By Evan VINE VOICE
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    An awesome lens this is. It's my first prime lens too.

    I was debating a 50mm or a 35mm prime but settled on the 50mm due to its tighter frame. I figured it'd give more of a 'challenge' to my shooting.

    Having recently upgraded to full frame D800 from a lowly D40X the 50mm is wider than it would have been previously. In fact, I've been shooting with a 50-500 sigma for some time now and found it to be too tight (not to mention heavy) for street photography which I do more than any other. However, the full frame makes it a true 50mm so it's definitely a good fit now.

    The sharpness, even with my exaggerated hand shake, is very good. I imagine on a tripod with a shutter release it'd be pin sharp. I was testing it out when I first got it and was shooting around the flat. I snapped a shot for depth of field comparison of the top of my computer chair and was stunned when I zoomed in to see a pin sharp hair sticking off the headrest that I didn't even see with the naked eye!

    That brings me to depth of field. On this lens, it is amazing. I've always achieved this in the past partially with the zoom of other lenses. However, you don't have this luxury with a prime so have to use focus coupled with apeture.

    I'm blown away with this 50mm and it is now my default walk around lens. Buy it now if you're doubting it in any way. The sharpness is better then a 1000 zoom at 50mm and you won't be disappointed.

    In fact it has inspired me to seek out another prime in the future, maybe I will go for the old school 35mm next.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Brilliant quality for money, filter is good. would definitely buy from seller again in future, packed really well. works great on my D3100 Nikon and must buy.
    Published 2 days ago by Tristan
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    Published 13 days ago by markskyking
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    Published 16 days ago by Vitor
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very god value
    This is almost certainly the best value for money lens you can buy for a Nikon Camera. I notice very little difference comparing it to the 50 mm f 1,4 which is far more expensive. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Mikie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable value
    The sharpness of this lens is amazing. It's as good as other lenses I own costing significantly more. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by sunmouse
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant do not hesitate
    I have the Nikon 18mm-55mm and 55-200mm VR lens which are both brilliant. I bought this lens as a cheap, fast lens for when you need a bit more fine detail and for use in low... Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Mr. David Brown
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    I thought I had already reviewed this lens but anyway here goes. I love this lens!! I have other lenses and this one completes my set. For the money you just can't wrong. Read more
    Published 26 days ago by Ian K
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite lenses
    If your looking to buy this then youve probably read far more informative reviews than what I could write. Its a nice sharp lens and suits both DX and FX. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by R. Neal
    5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing lens for the price!
    If you want a very light, simple to use, quick and shallow DOF lens (e.g. for flower photography – although its uses are a lot broader than that…), this can’t be beat, for the... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by S. Ward
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Great lens, I would recommend this to everyone. It is manual focus, but don't let that stop you. Very easy to focus and I'm only a novice. Much cheaper than an automatic one. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Philip
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