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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D prime lens with manual aperture control
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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
- he AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D is fast enough for shooting in most lighting situations without a flash—from dusk and dawn to dim indoor lighting
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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||0.7 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon (DX),Nikon (FX),Nikon F,Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX), Nikon F, Nikon F(DX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera||Ultrasonic||manual-focus|
|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||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in||2.5 x 2.7 x 2.5 in|
|Item Weight||5.47 ounces||7.05 ounces||0.64 lb||0.51 lb||0.77 lb||7.2 ounces|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||standard-prime||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||67 millimeters||55 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
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).
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!
1. On the physical part of the lens you will notice the aperture settings of f/1.8, f/2.8, f/4, etc. I thought I would be limited by those stops but when mounted you actually have more settings in between (3 or 2 stops) like f/2, f/2.2, f/2.5, f3.2, f/3.5 etc. I like the added control this gives me.
2. When I received my 50mm the sharpness was not all that great at f/1.8. I did a little test and my autofocus was focusing at 3/4" in front of my subject which is not good. If you have a camera that can autofocus with this lens, you should have an Autofocus Fine-Tune that will correct this problem. There are videos that show you how to fine-tune and the setting is not a global one but is for each individual lens you own. I had to use a +15 to get it sharp. I am very happy with this lens now.