Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Review

September 7, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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Released in June 2011, the Nikon 50mm ƒ/1.8G AF-S offers (among other things) silent focusing and full compatibility with all of Nikon's current camera lineup. The lens was designed to fill the FX or 35mm film frame, and will also work on DX sensor camera bodies, with an effective field of view of 75mm.
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If there had been a competition for "Most unlikely new lens", this might have been the winner: the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G, an updated version of Nikon's entry level normal prime. Until accidently leaked on a Nikon web site, hardly anyone would have expected the long lasting AF-D 50/1.8 to see an update soon. There are many other primes in Nikon's current line up that certainly many consider to have higher priority to be refreshed.
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The launch of the Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.8 G inspired me with deliberations of a kind. Based on what I write in my lens reviews and/or comments on the forum you can easily assume I am not a man obsessed with extreme parameters or enthralled by the otherworldly vividness of f/1.2 or f/1.4 aperture; I rather appreciate optical equipment with good price/quality ratio. It is not a big deal to manufacture something for an incredibly big amount of money; I rather appreciate those products which show that the producer thought thoroughly over what they wanted to achieve and how they wanted to do it.
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