Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Review

September 7, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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#1 JP

First line is a typo: “The AF-S 50mm f/1.8G from Nikon is a standard zoom lens…”
It’ not a zoom.

8:41 am - Thursday, September 8, 2011

#2 Bob

You really think that ehe main competition to a $120 Nikon prime is a wider, $1600 Nikon prime? Doesn’t seem right. How about Sigma’s 50/1.5 for $450? Or an older generation Nikon 50/1.8?

3:40 pm - Friday, September 9, 2011

#3 jeff14

what do you mean by the statement “The focus ring has no hard stops at either end of the range and common on newer lenses.”?

8:37 pm - Monday, September 12, 2011

#4 jeff14

what do you mean by “The focus ring has no hard stops at either end of the range but not unusual on modern lenses”?

8:39 pm - Monday, September 12, 2011

#5 gyeorgy lukacs

he means that the focus ring doesn’t physically stop when it’s at either end of its focus range. the ring will just keep going in the same direction, despite not having any further effect on focus. this is a common design characteristic with many modern consumer lenses.

cut the guy some slack. english isn’t his mother tongue, and he still writes it better than a good deal of native english-speakers.

6:37 am - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

#6 Abhinav

I am planning to buy one, above review will helped me alot

7:58 am - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

#7 jeff14

So the focus ring can be rotated 360 degrees? or can be turned from infinite to its end distance range?

9:18 am - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

#8 robert

how does this do at shooting indoor sports, such as basketball?

4:00 pm - Monday, September 26, 2011

#9 Tim Delaney

Thank you for your review. I received one of these lenses for Christmas and detected some front focus when shooting wide open. I didn’t know whether I should be concerned or not. From your comment, I think I can easily work around the issue.

Thanks again,

Stewiacke, NS CANADA

6:38 pm - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

#10 steve

Where can I find out about the various versions of this lens? G, ED, F, etc.  Confusing

12:25 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#11 meredith

I love this little lens it’s wonderful simple to use . I use our for portraits and some landscapes. I use it mostly as my walk about lens on my Nikon D4

4:50 am - Friday, March 15, 2013

#12 Aperture

this was the lens that showed me what glass is?

6:56 am - Friday, May 3, 2013

#13 john donaldson

are the sample images full frame or in Nikon DX format

5:22 pm - Monday, April 7, 2014

#14 Jamie

Can someone help me understand why I am having trouble getting this lens to focus?  I have it on the M/A mode.  Thanks

3:41 pm - Sunday, September 13, 2015

#15 mark c

On my D7100, this lens is nothing short of dramatic. Even with the (bloated?) 24 MP sensor, the images are tack sharp to the pixel level. Edge-to-edge brightness is flat enough that vignetting is not visible. Bokeh - not just in light pinpoints, but in real-world soft focus backgrounds - is incredibly natural and smooth.

My experience is that manual focusing is often justified, however. Nikon’s autofocus might not capture the focal plane with the precision you want when using relatively small f/stops.

@jamie: What camera are you using? The most obvious place to look is the contacts. If other lenses are focusing well, clean the contacts on the lens itself. Do you have any trouble with the aperture?

6:56 pm - Monday, May 16, 2016

#16 Nick Diaz

this is my favorite lens. I bought it after reading the article

11:21 am - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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