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Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX-format prime lens
  • Newly developed optical system with Aspherical lens element
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch,Filter Thread 58 mm, Autofocus: Yes
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs

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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF APS-C / DX 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F1.8 F1.8 F1.8 F1.4
Min Aperture 16 16 22 16
Photo Filter Thread Size 58 millimeters 67 millimeters 52 millimeters 58 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.8 meters 0.3 meters 0.45 meters
Item Weight 0.41 pounds 0.77 pounds 0.44 pounds 0.64 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004Y1AYAC
  • Item model number: 2199
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 24, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

What’s in the box: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens, 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S 50mm f/1.4G, CL-1013 Soft Lens Case, 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension).

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Fast f/1.8, compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) lens
Optimized for FX-format D-SLR cameras but equally at home on any Nikon DX-format D-SLR, this updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (bokeh). The AF-S 50mm f/1.8G includes Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) for fast and precise autofocus, M/A Focus Mode Switch for seamless changes between manual and autofocus operation and an aspherical lens element for outstanding optical performance with high contrast.


Sample Photography

Stunning depth-of-field
Stunning depth of field. View larger
Brilliant low light results
Brilliant low light results. View larger
Sharp auto focus
Tack-sharp portraits. View larger

Features:

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

Nikon Silent Wave Motor
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

Manual Auto Mode

M/A Focus Mode Switch
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring—M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.

Aspherical Lens Element

Aspherical Lens Element
Since the 1960s, aspherical lenses have been an important part of the NIKKOR lens family. Virtually eliminating coma and other types of aberration, every new addition to the lineup provides a new level of contrast, resolution and compact design.

Super Integrated Coating

Super Integrated Coating
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.


Customer Reviews

I mainly take pictures of my kids and the pictures turn out great!
Novice photographer
At the same aperture setting from f/1.8 and above, the new Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is again sharper and has better bokeh.
LGO
The lens produces sharp photos with shallow depth of field and nice bokeh.
james nowka

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1,261 of 1,292 people found the following review helpful By LGO on June 16, 2011
Review of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G AF-S versus other Nikkor 50mm AF lenses

This quick review is based on my use of this lens for almost 3-weeks. It is intended for those already familiar with Nikkor's line of 50mm prime lenses but are wondering how this lens compare with the other Nikkor 50mm autofocusing lenses that I also own. I did however provide a section for beginners or novice at the last section of this review.

AGAINST THE NIKKOR f/1.8D

The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is slightly bigger than the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and a bit heavier but by a mere 31 grams, hardly noticeable at all. Unlike the 50mm f/1.8D, it comes with a reversible hood which does a good job in protecting and shading the lens. Unlike the 50mm f/1.8D which uses a 52mm filter, this lens uses a 58mm filter. Unlike the 50mm f/1.8D which has a maximum aperture of f/22, the maximum aperture of this lens is f/16 (as do the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and 1/4G). As the "G" suffix indicates, the 50mm f/1.8G does not have an aperture ring while the 50mm f/1.8D has an aperture ring (see notes below for the significance of this).

The new Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is sharper and has better bokeh. The aspherical element in the new Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G has further improved the acuity of this lens specially noticeable at the corners even at its wide-open setting. Yet Nikon also improved the bokeh of this new lens versus the 50mm f/1.8D! I also noticed some slight improvement in the color and contrast, specially when shot from f/2.0 and above. Focus speed is decently fast and is about the same on a Nikon DX D7000 yet the 50mm f/1.8G seems to be more consistently precise and significantly quieter. Priced very reasonably, this 50mm f/1.
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303 of 319 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Encarnacion on July 11, 2011
I absolutely love this lens. This lens has not come off my D3100 since I bought it 3 weeks ago. My primary purpose for buying this lens was to take portrait pictures indoors of my 2 year old son. I found that with using the kit lens, I still had to use the flash at times even with a high iso. That's when I started researching new lenses.

I chose the new 50 mm lens due to its low light capabilities. This lens does such an amazing job that I have not used the flash at all since. It is important however to switch the white balance settings when moving from indoors to outdoors. I love how this lens is able to blur the backround, so much more than the kit lens could. I initially bought the d3100 to take better pictures than a point-and-shoot could, I feel that this lens has made a similar step-up from the kit lens.

All in all, I can't see myself using the kit lens again. I easily got used to moving around a lot to take pictures, but when you're trying to focus in on a active 2 year old, you're used to doing that anyways. The investment truly is worth it in my opinion, especially if you're trying to capture those priceless moments.
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The 50 f/1.8 is a lens almost every FX shooter should have. However, which one of these you should buy is a little tricky. The D is about $80 cheaper, is smaller, lighter, has less distortion, and has manual aperture control. The D doesn't have auto focus but as of right now every FX camera has an autofocus motor built in. What the G really brings to the table is curved aperture blades, better construction, sharper corners, quieter autofocus and instant manual override focus.

On a DX camera it is still a no brainer lens but not as much as on a FX. The 1.5x crop makes this a 75mm lens on a DX. Usually portrait lenses start around 85mm. So this lens, on a DX, is too long to be a normal focal length and too short to be a portrait lens. With that said, those are just generalities. Even at 75mm it will work great in a dark house and great outside. In the house you may find yourself running out of room to back up. However, that can probably help some peoples photography as one of the biggest mistakes most people make is not framing in close enough. The 35mm f1.8 DX only lens is probably a better starting lens to get as it is ~52mm on the DX and the 50mm f1.8 a good second lens.

I used to own the f1.4G but it was stolen from me. I personally don't believe it is worth the extra money over this. It has 9 rounded aperture blades for a smother bokeh and is 2/3 stop faster but has significant distortion. Also, it has been shown that many manufactures have been playing with the ISO on the edges to get the f1.4. At very wide apertures the light hitting the edges of the sensor is not perpendicular to the sensor but is angled.
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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Nils Lorvick on July 7, 2011
This is an incredible buy! I also own the 35mm f/1.8G lens for the DX format, and I like this lens much better for everyday shooting.

The bokeh (background blur) on this lens is very pleasant and much more pronounced than on the 35mm. Your field of view on this lens is equivalent to 75mm on the DX sensors, which makes it a steal of a portrait lens on a crop sensor.

This lens finally lets the entry level shooters to have autofocus ability (D40, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000 and D5100).

The autofocus is fast, accurate (on a D7000 anyway) and silent.

You won't want to take this off your camera body once you start using it.
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