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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • High-speed normal lens
  • Great for travel and for shooting full-length portraits in available light
  • Distortion-free images with superb resolution and color rendition
  • Provides high-contrast images even at maximum aperture
  • Format Compatibility: Nikon FX/35mm Film, Nikon DX

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Important Warranty Information: All Nikkor autofocus lenses from Nikon Inc. USA include four years of Nikon Extended Service Coverage at no charge. Be sure to look for the Nikon ESC certificate with every Nikkor lens purchase you make.

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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras + Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter + Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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Technical Details

  • all-glass-optical
  • interchangeable-lens
  • zoom

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LEN4
  • Item model number: 2137
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,067 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

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This compact and fast, f/1.8 lens is versatile and perfect for travel and portrait pictures as well as general photography.
  • D-type lens design provides distance information as part of flash and ambient light exposure processes
  • Multi-layer coating minimizes flare and ghosting
  • Exceptionally lightweight and compact
  • Ideal for travel photography
  • Classic normal lens provides speed and compact design
  • Stops down to f/22 for excellent depth-of-field control
50mm MTF Chart

Product Description

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras.What's in the box: Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens, 52mm Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap (slip-on) and 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension).

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Customer Reviews

Great for indoor and low light situation 5.
Sidarta Tanu
This is a great lens, very sharp, fast autofocus, image quality is very good, I really recommend it!
Julio Arango Sanchez
I have a D3000, so the auto focus does not work, but the manual focus is very easy.
jameswilliamiii

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I don't even know where to start. This lens produces sharp pictures and great color and contrast. And for its price (which seems to climb recently), it is worth more than 5 stars rating. I initially get this lens for low light action and sport photography (as this lens is famous for being one of the fastest lens together with its brother 50mm f/1.4), but I also found out that this lens is also perfect for portrait and other general purposes (macro etc). This is definitely a very versatile lens.

It is important to note that you will need camera with internal AF motor (D90, D300, D600, D700, D800, D7000, etc) for this AF lens autofocus to work properly. If your camera is D40/D60/D3000/D5000 series (no internal AF motor), you will need to get the AF-S type lens, otherwise if you get this AF lens, only the manual focus will be available to you.

And as much as I want to encourage everyone to buy this lens right away, let me mention some of the limitation that you would see (which I think will be helpful to go over before deciding to buy this lens):

First, being a prime lens, you will need to move your feet a lot to compose your picture. If you are used to zoom lens, don't underestimate this limitation. It takes me a while to get used to it, and sometime I still find people looking at me wondering why I am moving forward and backwards. the good news is that most of the time, they don't think I'm weird, but they are actually wondering if I'm a professional photographer.

Secondly, the focal range of 50mm, which is considered the normal lens and great for portrait lens.
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276 of 292 people found the following review helpful By Albert J. Valentino on November 28, 2004
This lens is probably the sharpest lens that Nikon makes--see lens reviews/specs at [...] I use this lens for low light situations outdoors and indoors so I don't need a flash. also, small dept-of-field. Using this at f/2.0 I will get at least four-six times as much light (which means four-six times faster shutter speed) as my zoom at around f/4.8 and also have a sharper image. For $99.00 this f/1.8 is a steal and a much better buy than the f/1.4 which is almost as sharp a lens and costs about $250.00--it's a no brainer.

I use this with my Nikon D70--remember, with a digital SLR this is equivalent to a 75mm lens for film which it a pretty good portrait lens.

Just buy it--for the price you can't go wrong.
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506 of 548 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Carpenter on February 20, 2009
I was surprised to find, after reading so many positive reviews of this lens, that the copy I received was so fuzzy at wide-open apertures that I could see it on UN-MAGNIFIED images right on my D90's 3" screen.

All lenses lose sharpness at wide apertures: this is a matter of basic physics and is the result of something called spherical aberration. Some are much better than others though, thanks to better optical designs that more effectively correct for this tendency. The 35mm f/2, for example, is very good wide open; the 85mm f/1.8 is decent (and very appropriate for portrait use). My copy of the 50mm f/1.8 lost both sharpness and significant contrast as f/1.8 was approached. I would quantify it as follows:

f/1.8: very fuzzy (well beyond "soft"), reduced contrast, almost un-useable
f/2.8: still quite soft, much improved contrast
f/4: slightly soft, good contrast
f/5.6: sharp, good contrast
f/8: very sharp, good contrast

These results were repeatable on my sample and held true regardless of shutter speed and technique.

Notes:

- The advantage of a lens like this is the ability to use wide apertures. A good portrait lens need not be particularly sharp, but wider than f/4 my copy of this lens was soft enough that I would use it for nothing other than casual people-photography. It would not suffice for critical night or low-light photography, or for general photography where sharpness might be desired. For photos of people it was fine at f/2.8, but below that it lost so much sharpness, and enough contrast, that photos of almost any subject looked dull.

- The lens seems like an obvious choice as a first prime due to its price and the many excellent reviews of it here on Amazon and elsewhere.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on February 28, 2006
This wonderful lens was the first lens I bought for my SLR (aside from its kit lens).

It has everything you'd want for a portrait lens: it's fast (f/1.8) so you can shoot in low light and without a flash, its focal length (50mm) lets you compose a good shot without getting right into the subject's face, and the depth of field can be made extremely shallow, making the subject pop out from the scene.

The one downside is that the 50mm focal length is limiting. You won't be taking many group shots with this thing; you'd have to step waaay back to get everyone in the picture.

Also: this lens shines best when stopped down a little, due in no small part to the extremely shallow depth of field at f/1.8. I stop mine down to f/2-f/2.5 most of the time.

Anyhow: marvelously sharp, simple, and produces tremendously great pictures. I highly recommend it.
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