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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

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1906NCP_180

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An affordable Nikkor that combines the ease of autofocus operation with advanced Nikon optics.

Ideal for scenery or full-length portraits.

Weighs only 5.1 ounces.

Stops down to f/22 for additional depth of field control.


 


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paparazzinick
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Registered: Jan 8, 2005
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Review Date: Nov 12, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: cheap
Cons:
not that sharp.

Not the best in the nikon 50mm lineup. But still a decent lens to use. Its not as sharp as the others, but still a great lens. I have used it for taking some getting ready shots of brides in my Pittsburgh Weddings. Check some of the samples out on my site to see what this lens can do.

http://nbombichstudios.com


Nov 12, 2012
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Registered: Oct 7, 2009
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Review Date: Jun 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: cheap, good bokeh (don't stop it down), well built, fast, small, doesn't intimidate people
Cons:
the bookeh is not the best on Nikon d700 or d3 (FX cameras)

This was my very first Nikon prime lens! So have special feelings towards this lens. I can compare it the the Canon EF 50mm 1.8. (I guess Nikon and Canon gets the glass from the same supplier.) For the money this the best lens you can EVER get!
Buy it and get rid of the ugly kit lens right now!!! You can pick one up on ebay for less than $100.
you can see sample pictures on my older blog posts:
www.haringphotography.com/blog
GET it!!!


Jun 12, 2010
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Registered: Jan 27, 2009
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Review Date: Oct 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $137.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great lens, sharp and inexpensive. The Nifty 50
Cons:
Noisy



Oct 7, 2009
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Registered: Dec 16, 2008
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Review Date: Aug 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light weight, inexpensive, fast, sharp, nice bokeh wide open
Cons:
ugly bokeh when stopped down and pointed near lights - pentagon shaped highlights.

I bought this lens used for $30, which is a steal. I love the lens, its great and sharp. The OOF at F1.8 is great, it looks like a painting. I have had some trouble when shooting towards lights, not from flare but from the shape of the highlights when stopped down a bit - most noticeably at f2.8.

I'd buy another one in a heartbeat, though I don't think I'd get it for $30 again (luck is only so good).


Aug 3, 2009
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Registered: Sep 4, 2005
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Review Date: Jul 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap, (pretty) sharp, fast AF, great value for money
Cons:
none - yet.

I promised to do a wedding for a friend (no pay) and didn't want to spend a fortune getting a decent church lens. This seemed like a perfect low-light addition - and it has been. Focuses fast, even without AF-S. Light, small and sharp.

I had a 50/1.8 when I shot Canon and I was hoping this would be as good. It is.

Really, you can't go wrong for the money. For $120, new, it's a no-brainer. If you have any need at all for a 50mm with a huge aperture, it's the lens to get. Sure, you can spend two to four times more for the Sigma or Nikon AF-S (and if you want AF on the D40, you'll have to!), but why? At real print sizes or for the web, there will be zero difference.


Jul 28, 2009
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Registered: Jan 19, 2008
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Review Date: Jun 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: quick
Cons:
Ehh

Great lens I dont use it for alot of things but what i have is here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/connorscott/sets/72157618070748752/




Jun 2, 2009
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Registered: Jan 13, 2009
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Review Date: Feb 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $109.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cheap, fast, small in size
Cons:
Plastic

This is a great lens for portraits and candid photos. Look cheap but performs great. This little gizmo is small and fast and works great on D90. Fits in the pocket and you can take it with you wherever you go. This one doesn't have zoom so you have to walk a little to fit your object in the frame. Another benefit - you can use it for macro shots with reverse ring. Plasticfantastic!

Feb 11, 2009
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Review Date: Jan 10, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Optically perfect, sharp, fast, lightweight, cheap.
Cons:
none- really

Excellent. A joy to use.

Jan 10, 2009
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Registered: May 14, 2008
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Review Date: Dec 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: CHEAP! f/1.8! CHEAP! Lightweight! CHEAP!
Cons:
Fokusring not so handy. plastic build, but for that price, everything is fine!

Plasticphantastic!

Highly RECOMMENDED!



Dec 3, 2008
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Registered: Oct 26, 2008
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Review Date: Nov 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, fast AF and great micro contrast
Cons:
Not great wide open.

This was my first prime and it's one of the best value lenses made by anyone IMO. My copy is quite soft wide open but it is tack sharp @ 2.8. I use it for candid portraits on the D70s/D300 and the clarity of the images is wonderful (you can clearly notice the difference between the prime and the 18-70 @ 50mm). Nothing like a prime lens for great micro contrast.

I also use it with the Kenko 12mm tube for shallow DoF macro shots and it is great and the bokeh is surprisingly smooth for a 50mm.

I also own the new Nikkor 24-70 2.8 and while it can match the 50 at f4 for sharpness and contrast, the 50 is clearly better at 2.8 (not that the 24-70 is bad wide open, just that the 50 fantastic at 2.8).

Highly recommended.


Nov 13, 2008
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Review Date: Oct 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: sharp from 4.0 on cheap good for the price
Cons:
ugly bokeh soft corners wide open on FX

The 50 is the only AF lens I own.
Build quality is plasticy compared to old manual focus lenses. It is soft wide open throughout, but especially in the corners.
Improves from 4.0 on and is quite sharp from f4-8 where it shines.

Out of focus rendering is downright ugly, one of the worst bokehs I have ever seen. I rarely use it for that reason.

Please note that I can only compare this lens to others I own (Nikkor AI-S, Leica, Zeiss).


A great lens for the price when used f4-8.


Oct 29, 2008
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Registered: Feb 22, 2005
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Review Date: Oct 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $129.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built for the price, Sharp as a tack, small and light.
Cons:
You get more than you pay for here, but it is plastic, and the focus isnt AFS

You can't go wrong with this lens, I've been loving it on my D300 since the day I bought it. Best $130 I've ever spent on photography equipment without doubt

Oct 27, 2008
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Registered: Sep 26, 2004
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Review Date: Oct 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, cheap, light and well built. Far better built than it's Canon cousin.
Cons:
Bit big, far larger than it's AI-S cousin which is kind of odd seeing as they are very similar.

Everything that has been said about this champion of the wallet lens has been. It's cheap, light, smallish and built very well for it's class. Focus is smooth, though a bit light on the touch for me. It is odd that it is so much larger than it's AI-S cousin, almost twice as tall.
Don't have one? Go, now, and get one, you won't even think of regretting it.


Oct 22, 2008
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Registered: Jul 12, 2008
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Review Date: Aug 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap! Sharp! Great lens for the price! Good walk-around lens.
Cons:
Not quite as sharp as the 1.4, but for the price you can't go wrong!

The focal range makes it a pretty good walkaround lens. It is very light and very cheap, making it a must if you are on a budget. Great for portraits!

Aug 30, 2008
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Registered: Nov 24, 2006
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Review Date: Aug 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: More than Very good pics with this tiny 50mm ! absolutely stunning pics for the price. Its a must have especially for FX (full frame) I it is said to better than the f1,4!!
Cons:
Too plasticky,but still ok.

This pearl is fantastic on Nikon D3 and i can not get enough of it,prices must somehow rices when FF becomes standard.
This sleeping beauty set the standard.
On PJ asigments i often use this Nikkor 50mm f1,8 a Nikkor 35 mm f2 and a Nikkor 180mm as THE KIT,and get awesome pics home for the newspaper.

I use it for sports(ping pong..),portraits and so on,and the pics is stunning;its a must have.

Ive heard that the F1,8 should be sharper than the f1,4? i donno,all i know is im going to buy a couple more before the price is rising.

God damn it folks,its super !!*LOL*


Aug 30, 2008
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Registered: Jun 29, 2008
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Review Date: Jul 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $140.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Extremely portable and lightweight, inexpensive, very sharp images.
Cons:
Lacks just a bit of contrast at wider apertures. Not really a negative but the 50mm lens does look very strange on the end of a D300!

It has all been said before but for any Nikon DSLR camera this really is must buy. It is still relatively fast at f1.8 especially with D300's remarkable High ISO noise control. Very good optics and more than a bargain at the price. Should be in everyone's bag.

Jul 2, 2008
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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
62 136338 Nov 12, 2012
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $104.05
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.26
9.85
9.5
1906NCP_180


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