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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Lens not zoomable
- Focal Length : 50 mm, Minimum Focus Distance - 1.5 ft.( 0.45 m)
- 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 and Nikon DX
- Autofocus operation with this lens is possible with Nikon autofocus cameras (except the F3AF); manual focus possible via separate focusing ring with all Nikon SLRs. Compatibility includes D3200 and D5200 cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HR-2|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||1.54 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||150 grams|
|Item Weight||0.34 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||6|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||46 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.62 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 2.5 x 1.54 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||2.91 x 2.13 x 2.91 in||2.56 x 1.69 x 2.56 in|
|Item Weight||5.47 ounces||7.05 ounces||0.64 lb||0.51 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||standard-prime||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters|
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).
From the Manufacturer
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
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Top Customer Reviews
Getting the focus can be tricky by just looking through the viewfinder so I recommend zooming up on the target while you focus and then zooming back to normal once you've found the sweet spot. Absolutely wonderful lens!
As for the 1.8 vs the 1.4, I'm not really sold on the 1.4 for what I do. I do pretty much exclusively portraits taken from a distance relatively close to my subjects, and if I'm shooting in 1.4, there's always a good chance that I will get a shot with the nose in focus and the eyes slightly out of focus. I rarely even risk it. For some situations it would be fine, though. For the extra $300 or so, I don't know that the 1.4 would be worth it.
About the 2 photos attached: both are shot with this lens; the photo of the baby is with my d810 (inside, natural lighting @ f/8), the one of the young lady is with my d7000 (outside, natural diffused lighting, @ f/2.8).
I bought this lens because I decided that, despite having the focal length covered by at least three zoom lenses that I owned, that none of them was as sharp as a prime lens. I was photographing the New York skyline (an expensive trip, three days in a hotel in Jersey City) and using a few different zooms (primarily a 24-120mm--I wouldn't buy that lens again, it's not as sharp as it should be, though a nice range) and none of the images was as sharp as I wanted. I was using a self timer (I now use a remote wireless trigger) and a heavy tripod but at 2 seconds, I still wasn't happy with the results. When I returned home I ordered this lens on a whim and a few weeks later shot the skyline again--wow, what a difference.
For $104 you can't get a better lens. Yes, you can buy the f/1.4 for three times as much, but do you really need to spend an extra $200 to get a fraction of a stop? That's nuts. I ended up loaning this lens to a friend who liked it so much that I gave it to him and bought another. Zoom lenses are the norm today, but having a few good prime lenses in your bag is worth it. (The other one I would highly recommend is the 105mm Micro Nikkor--perhaps the sharpest Nikkor lens ever).
You buy this lens for two reasons: to shoot in low light without flash or to get great depth of field control. With a wide aperture of f/1.8 you are guaranteed to get great natural light pictures indoors or other low light situations while maintaining a relatively low ISO. The other advantage to large apertures is of course the great isolation of your subject by limiting depth of field. The sample images posted by reviewers show how well this lens works on both accounts.
I see reviews complaining about the sharpness of this lens. Forget about it. Sharpness is rarely a result of the lens. I've taken incredibly sharp pictures with this lens and very fuzzy pictures. Every fuzzy picture was because of something I did "wrong", for example...
Depth of Field: With f/1.8 at 50mm if you're framing a close subject that is only 2 feet away, your depth of field (amount of subject in focus) is only .38 inches (< 1 cm). That is what is referred to as "paper thin" depth of field. Naturally with such a small amount of the subject in focus much of the image will be "unsharp". This is expected and called bokeh. Be sure to understand how depth of field works, or make sure to shoot all your subjects from very far away (not recommended). If this is your first prime lens, then consider the 35mm f/1.8 which has a much more forgiving DOF (.8 inches at 2 feet when wide open).
Subject Motion: With such a limited depth of field, when shooting at the larger apertures, even a small bit of subject motion can cause one of two things to happen. The first is that the part of the subject you wanted to be in focus moved and is now out of focus. The second is that the shutter speed wasn't fast enough to freeze the subject and motion blur occurs. Make sure to shoot moving subjects with an appropriately high shutter speed. Here is where your Nikon beats all other DSLRs: you can customize this using Auto ISO in your camera menu.
Camera Shake: If you let your camera decide everything for you then eventually your shutter speed is going to drop to a value where you can no longer hold the camera steady enough to get a clear shot without a tripod. You need to always shoot at a speed that you can hold the camera steady at. Customize Auto ISO here as well based on your capabilities.
Focus Errors: With paper thin depth of field at the wider apertures it's even easier for a focus error to ruin a picture. If you're taking a close-up picture of someone's face, and your camera selects the nearest object to focus on, then their nose will be in focus but their eyes slightly blurry. That will ruin your picture. Even being slightly off will wreck a great picture. Be very careful with your choice of focus method. If you're shooting at the wider apertures, but not at the nearest object, you may want to use selective auto-focus. Try to focus on the eyes if you're taking pictures of people.
It's easy to see how the challenges of shooting at wide apertures have more to do with the sharpness of pictures than any optical quality of the lens. It is challenging, but the great pictures you get are well worth the effort.
After the first year I owned this lens my photography education was greatly accelerated. I was immediately challenged to understand and master depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, and auto-focus. Without it, I would have continued to do the same dumb things that resulted in mediocre and blurred pictures. I would have continued to blame the tools (camera, lens, flash, etc...) instead of taking control for myself.
If you're afraid to walk, then don't get this lens. The only way you're going to get proper depth of field and good framing is by walking closer to or farther away from your subject.
If you don't have a camera with a built in autofocus-motor (D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100, or D5000), then you will either need to get the more expensive 50mm f/1.4 with the autofocus-motor or, if this is your first prime lens and you want a lower price, go ahead and start with the more forgiving 35mm f/1.8.