Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (Special Edition) Review

January 29, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 IsThatSharp

5 out of 5 on picture quality on a fi focal lens that needs to be stopped down to f5.6 to be sharp accross the frame? Seriously?

I know that the lens is affordable, which is reflected in the value field.

What room does this give to real nice optics. Will you give the 55mm Zeiss Otus lens a 8 out of 5 stars?

9:37 pm - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#2 James Conner

Unless I’m missing something, this is the same lens as the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G, but with a silver ring on the barrel for cosmetic purposes. If so, the optical performance of both lenses should be the same.

I use the standard f/1.8 G on a 12 MP DX. There are significant improvements in sharpness beginning at f/2.2 (confirmed by lenstip dot com), and of course on a DX the corners improve rapidly.

If the 5-star rating for sharpness is on a price-performance basis, I think the rating is fair. And although this website’s standard scale maxes out at five stars, more than five stars certainly could be awarded for extraordinary performance.

I do, incidentally, recommend two series of real world sharpness tests: one at a short distance (the bookshelf works well) and one at infinity to determine as there could be some differences in optical performance at the corners at different distances.

5:18 am - Thursday, January 30, 2014

#3 Roy

Since when did a 50mm f/1.8 lens need to be nearly £300?  Get real, Nikon.

3:25 pm - Thursday, January 30, 2014

#4 Bill

Image quality is not all about sharpness, that is a typical reply from someone who knows NOTHING about what makes up image quality. Carry on with your 300% pixel peeping !

6:26 pm - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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