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on 20 June 2016
The Nikkor 50mm 1.8 (D version) has a very specific role in my arsenal of expensive glass (though this is one of the best value-for-money lens you can buy). I recommend this to my students shooting in low light situations such as small concerts, even weddings.

It is bettered only by the 1.4 version Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Lens or here for the G version Nikon 50mm F1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens.

Naturally, F1.4 gives you a LOT of light but seriously narrows your depth-of-field (the area which will be sharp in the picture). The sweet spot for sharpness is between F2.8 and F4 as is the case with most prime lenses. This 1.8 versiongives you a little more depth and that sharpness sweet spot moves up beyond F4 and towards the F5.6. It is thus a little more forgiving but requires a little more time for the perfect exposure.

With such a large aperture this is not really suitable for shooting into very bright light sources unless you like the scattered light effect this produces.

I use mine in the studio but with side lighting or diffuse light behind me.

Close-up shots at full aperture are amazingly creamy, if you love bokeh then this class of lens is for you. Catching the eyes of your subject (tripod recommended) renders everything else, nose, hair, (freckles, spots!) into a wonderful blur and people will think you've PhotoShopped the hell out of an unaltered image.
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on 18 February 2015
Quick update. I took it to a mountain bike event over the weekend and got some very clear and sharp pictures. And as other people have commented you spend more time thinking about position and framing than you would with a zoom lens so the results tend to be better. I got a lot of very sharp in focus pictures of moving subjects. So getting happier with the lens each time I use it.

I'm using this on a Nikon D7000. So far I'm happy with the lens especially for the price I paid. Focus is quick and pretty accurate. The lens is sharp both wide open and stopped down. Colour reproduction is good. The lens is nice and light so no problems carrying it around. Slightly tight fit on the body, but this just needs some care when fitting the lens and it may ease up with time. There isn't much you could complain about with this lens.

On a DX sensor (APS-C) camera with a crop factor of 1.5 this is a 75mm lens. I understood and appreciated that before I bought the lens so am fine with it, but as mentioned by other reviewers this is a short telephoto when used on a DX camera. It is perhaps best used then as a portrait lens for head/shoulders pictures or when you are out and about and can vary your distance to a subject. It would be of less use taking group pictures in confined spaces. As an example, when taking a picture of an average height adult you would need to be 5m away and using the camera in portrait mode (on its side) - if used in landscape you would need to be around 8m away to get them fully in frame.

I've included a picture taken with this lens at F1.8, 1/250 and ISO 100.
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Nikon 50mm 1.8D

Much has been said about this lens already. All of my 35mm SLR’s came with 50mm standard lenses back in the 70’s and 80’s and they were always excellent and I have the Nikon manual version of this from all those years back. This lens is very sharp, great contrast, brilliant for low light use and well made.

Zooms are great but a standard 50mm like this will show up all their compromises, even the professional ones. The other advantage of this lens is that it is so light but well made. I am using this lens on a Nikon D800 and D3200 and the results with both cameras are excellent. On the D3200 because of the smaller sensor this lens has a focal length of 75mm and makes a great portrait lens.

Just because this lens is relatively cheap and not a zoom don’t write it off as it gives excellent results and bokeh (out of focus backgrounds). The lens formula has been around and tweaked by Nikon for many years so the quality of images is excellent.
I also use this lens on a bellows unit with as it makes a very good close up lens.

Overall
A lens I use for a lot of my pictures and the results are great, nothing comes close for the price.
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on 24 May 2017
Beautiful lens great for close ups (head shots particularly) and boke effect pictures. Quality is good and the lens is very light (as it would be)
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on 9 November 2016
Lovely lens and a good price
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on 26 May 2017
Great lens
Out of production
A bargain
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on 3 March 2017
As far as a nifty fifty goes this ticks all the boxes, had now over 2 years, still my go to lens.
Great quality product at an affordable price.
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on 5 April 2017
Very good product and service
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on 19 March 2015
Great fast lens for not a huge outlay of money. Which I had bought the 35mm though for my DX sensor Nikon.
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on 13 May 2017
Absolutely great lens for small money. I really love it.
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