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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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  • 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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Compatible Mountings Nikon F (FX) Nikon F (DX) Nikon F (FX) Nikon F (FX)
Dimensions 1.54 inches x 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches 2.76 inches x 2.09 inches x 2.76 inches 2.56 inches x 1.69 inches x 2.56 inches 2.91 inches x 2.13 inches x 2.91 inches
Item Weight 0.34 pounds 0.44 pounds 0.51 pounds 0.64 pounds
Lens Prime lens standard-prime Prime lens Prime lens
Maximum Aperture 1.8 f 1.8 1.4 1.4
Max Focal Length 50 mm 35 mm 50 mm 50 mm
Min Aperture 22 22 16 16
Min Focal Length 50 mm 35 mm 50 mm 50 mm
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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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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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Product Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 5.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00005LEN4
Item model number 2137
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4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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By Sidarta Tanu TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2006
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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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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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As a professional photographer, I cannot praise this lens enough: it brings me closer to my subjects, and connects my photographs with viewers from the level of intimacy it imparts. Why? When you fall in love with someone, they are right in front of you, and the rest of the world blurs away. That's how this lens makes me see: as though I am right in front of, and in love with, what I'm viewing.

I take lots of pictures of food, people, and farms. (See the samples I've uploaded here.) This lens has a quality of gentleness in it that is unsurpassed. Because it's fast, it's great for low lighting, and brings a romantic quality to beautiful food in restaurants. It's also the perfect portrait lens, seeing people much as we ourselves do, with no distortion, only kindness. Yes, I am ascribing emotional qualities to an inanimate object, but it doesn't exist in a vaccum. It makes me a better photographer, by showing me how to see.

It's wonderful, and wonderfully priced.
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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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