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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

2137NCP_180
Review Date: Jun 20, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: The price of course is one of the best aspects of this lens in conjunction with it's wide aperture.
Cons:
It's an old lens without internal motor to drive the AF so you'll need one top camera from nikon to make it work.

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens has been my favorite Nikkor lens. It is extremely cheap yet it produces excellent quality pictur at a time (actually before I became pro). This lens is very light and so very easy to carry around and stay in your bag even if you don't intend to use it. Many say that the low light capability of this lens is excellent but to be honest I never tried it by night because it was too soft under f/2.8. But the softness of the pictures delivered by this lens at f/1.8 can achieve a special look. The new 50mm G f/1.8 is sharper I found.
It's a tough lens and for the price, the build quality is great.
When used on a cropped sensor DSLR, this lens can become a great portrait lens.
When used on a FX DSLR, this lens is the standard lens (equal to 35mm on a cropped sensor DX) and isn't great anymore for portraiture. This focal length is what I used for several years to train my vision.
If you're on a budget and you're starting your travel in photography, this lens is a no brainer one and you really cannot lose anything by purchasing it. For examples, try this Photographe Mariage where there's plenty of pictures to see.