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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Standard lens for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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by Dave Bar
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Mount this fast 50mm Nikkor lens to your Nikon SLR camera and capture sharp, crystal-clear images. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.8 gathers lots of light to give you a bright view through your viewfinder, plus it means you can use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. This lens is also ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash — its 50mm focal length makes it an excellent choice for portraits and all-around picture taking. And its compact, lightweight design won't weigh you down during extended shooting sessions.

Highlights:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G standard lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital and select autofocus film SLR cameras
    • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocusing with Nikon SLRs, including the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000, and D5100 cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 50mm with full-frame (FX) sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 75mm with Nikon DX sensor cameras
  • ideal for portraiture, low-light, and everyday shooting
  • aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations even when shooting at the widest aperture setting
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency for superior color consistency and reduced flare
  • full-time manual focus capability allows instant autofocus override with a twist of the focus ring
  • minimum focus distance: 18 in.
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded)
  • filter/attachment size: 58mm
  • lens is 2-7/8" in diameter, 2-7/16" long
  • weight: 6.6 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft storage pouch
 

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Features and Specs
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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50mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/1.8
Weight
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6.6 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
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  • 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor lens
  • LC-58 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HB-47 Lens hood
  • CL-1013 Flexible lens pouch
  • User's Manual (Eng/Fren/Span/ + 16 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Features
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Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens is a fixed focal length lens with a natural wide angle view, and a fast f/1.8 aperture. It has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent to the focal length of approximately 75mm in FX/35mm format (see Specifications below). The lens is suitable for everyday shooting of landscapes, night scenes, interiors, weddings, photojournalism, and astro-photography.

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

Aspherical Lens Element: The lens has one aspherical lens element, which virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.   

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-59 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1-3/16" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 1.48' (0.45m)
  • Focusing Method: AutoFocus using a Silent Wave Motor, manually by a separate focus ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Lens Construction: 7 elements in 6 groups with 1 aspherical lens element
  • Angle of View:
    • FX/35mm Format: 47°
    • DX Format: 31° 30'
    • IX240 System: 38°
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.833", Length=2.389" (3" w/caps)
  • Weight: approximately 6.6 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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1 out of 5

Worst packaging ever.

Written By Dave, Western N.Y. on Monday, April 21, 2014
 
This Nikon lens is truly a high resolution lens especially when used at f5.6, f8, and f11. As the reviews state this may be the first real resolution upgrade in the last 40 years. Probably because of the high resolution digital sensors now used in dslr's forced Nikon to improve their products. After all the research into lenses, I was shocked to receive it packaged by Crutchfield in a brown shipping box with the Nikon lens box placed flat against the shipping box floor, tight against one side of the box, and tight against the box top. The rest of the box was filled with foam peanuts. Anytime ups dropped this shipping box on its bottom, side, or top, the lens took a direct hit. There was no protection for this lens from any impacts, the full force went to the lens. The worst packaging I have ever seen, really no packaging. In business 40 years and I have to write this? Buyer beware.
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5 out of 5

Nikon 50mm 1.8G

Written By Anonymous, Smithtown, NY on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Outstanding lens don't know why it took so long to purchase this lens.
Pros:
Clarity, speed and depth of field
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Let me tell you about Bang for Buck.

Written By Mr F, Long Island NY on Friday, March 07, 2014
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I'm going to make this short and sweet. This is the sharpest lens I have ever owned. I've been into photography since 1972
Pros:
Sharp, Light, Cheap
Cons:
I have had no problem testing a variety of subjects. Surprisingly excellent.
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5 out of 5

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Reviews

Written By Quang, Rosemead on Friday, February 21, 2014
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Fast, sharp wide open and affordable full frame lens. This compact lens is the most versatile walk around lens. And Crutchfield service is top notch as always.
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4 out of 5

Excelent

Written By Anonymous, Norwalk, CT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Simple. Easy to use
Pros:
Great in low light.
Cons:
Nada
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5 out of 5

One of the best lenses for the money

Written By Ttommla, Whitestone NY on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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One of the best lenses for portraits sharp almost perfect . I feel it's a must
Pros:
Inexpensive sharp perfect in low light conditions
Cons:
??
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5 out of 5

Great lens!

Written By Svetlana, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Outstanding lens! Great image, sharpness and a nice bokeh!
Pros:
Fast, sharp, affordable
Cons:
doesn't have VR
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5 out of 5

Standard indeed

Written By Edo, Glendale, CA on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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This is a must have lens for both pro and non-pro. Easy to use and light weight. Low aperture settings and simplicity make this lens an ideal option for quick shots where there isn't much time to think and you have to raise the camera and freeze the moment.
Pros:
Compact, simple, fast (low aperture), useful in low light condition, 50mm focal length, low price
Cons:
Doesn't have VR
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great lens for low light

Written By MalcolmA, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, June 03, 2013
 
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is a great lens for low light conditions and an excellent value for the money. I use it for aerial landscape shots at dusk and find that the amount of light it allows in with a relatively fast shutter speed allows me to capture details of clouds and mist with low angle sunlight. This lens is a great addition to my flight bag.
Pros:
Great in low light.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Vik, Edison, NJ on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Great personalized service, quick shipment and perfect Quality Control Brought an open box product but it was perfect and saved money too!
Pros:
Great results, quick and competitively priced
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nifty 50

Written By Mr. Charlie, Alexandria, VA on Monday, May 13, 2013
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Outstanding service, received my new lens in one day. Great lens, does everything advertised. I now use this 50mm as my walk around lens. Major difference in this lens versus the kit lens that came with the camera.
Pros:
Crystal clear results, quick and competitively priced
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nikon Lens

Written By PeterB, Chester ny on Monday, April 29, 2013
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Great service. Excellent product and competative price with on the spot shipping. "Zac" was very very helpful and couldn't be more pleasant.
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5 out of 5

Great Lens!!!

Written By PunPicks, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, April 26, 2013
 
I initially bought this lens to try out because I wanted something that was a bit "clearer" or more professional than the kit lens that came with my D5100. I'm not a pro but I wanted to get a bit better with my filming, so I read some reviews and checked this one out. This is indeed a wonderful, inexpensive lens for an amateur or professional. It has great focusing capabilities and is very lightweight as well. I am definitely keeping this and shooting most of my photos and video with it!
Pros:
Durable, but lightweight. Great focus/blurring capabilities. Inexpensive
Cons:
It's 1 length, 50mm so you have to shoot from far away if you want to capture everything. It's mostly for up-close shots
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Niffty Fifty Nikkor

Written By BayRocker, Rochester, NY on Friday, April 26, 2013
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This Nikkor lens does a surprisingly good job at a pleasantly good price. It is an excellent value purchase; can not go wrong with this.
Pros:
It gives sharp images, very nice bokeh, quite auto focus, light weight but reasonably rugged, great bang for the bucks.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great lens!

Written By Erik, Thousand Oaks, Ca on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Great lens. I have taken some amazing photos already with my D200.
Pros:
Gives me perfect colors and easy to use. Very versatile for the price.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens

Written By Sbbluewater, California on Monday, April 22, 2013
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Great lens. Sharp and fast. Build quality is great for what it is. Very happy with this lens and see no need to spend more on the f/1.4 version.
Pros:
Fast
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8

Written By bbirish, Hattiesburg MS on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Great lens! Can't believe how sharp the images are. The cropping potential with my Nikon D600 is incredible. Who needs a zoom. Very pleased.
Pros:
Image quality. Low light performance. Sharp images. cropping potential.
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Very good for the money

Written By lorenzo, los altos, ca on Sunday, August 05, 2012
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Excellent sharpness and colors. As all Nikon lenses made in China poor quality - they look like pieces of plastic.
Pros:
Good glass, colors and sharpness.
Cons:
Very cheap plastic
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fantastic lens!

Written By Karas616, Massachusetts on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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I took a photography class and was urged to get this lens versus the standard lens that came with my camera. What a difference this lens has made. I feel like my pictures are a lot more clear and higher quality. Some even look like I know what I'm doing!!! I would definitely recommend this lens! The only criticism I would have is that the price is a little high. The same lens for a Canon is about $100 which is much more affordable. But now that I have the lens, it was worth the money!!
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5 out of 5

Lots of Bang for the Buck

Written By Ray, NY on Thursday, June 28, 2012
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This is a great little lens and is cheap enough where it should be in every Nikon DSLR owners bag. If you have an FX Camera, this is a great little walk around "Normal" lens and if you own a DX Camera, this lens does a fantastic job with portraits. This lens also does a fantastic job at low light photography @ f/2.8 but don't try and get greedy with the large aperture / low ISO as @ f/1.8 the lens only performs OK as it's rather soft in the center.
Pros:
Small, Light, Sharp and very contrasty
Cons:
Could be a tad faster to Focus, Being able to focus closer than 1.5' from the subject would have been nice.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little lens

Written By brijar, WA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Great little 50mm, the bokeh is excellent, very fast focus, highly recommend
Pros:
lightweight, affordable, high end optics
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Does the trick :)

Written By Leslie, Saipan on Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Nice 50mm lens, not to expensive but it does the job, a few tweaks from my slr like the spot metering system, it's a OK for me.
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5 out of 5

Great lens everyone should have

Written By Mike, Santa Ana, CA on Wednesday, November 09, 2011
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Great lens for shooting everyday moments with the family. This lens captures my kids perfectly and I would highly recommend it.
Pros:
It's light and compact. It produces sharp pictures even in low lighting and is relatively cheap.
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4 out of 5

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Written By KWE, GH,MI on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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Purchased this instead of a 30mm that cost twice as much. I'm happy with my decision to go low budget because is a very good lens. The low light capability is comparable to the more expensive lens along with its speed. I would suggest picking up a UV filter. This is a good prime lens for the money minded.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Sharp, Fast Fifty

Written By Dan, Chicago, IL on Friday, July 08, 2011
 
This is the latest of four 50mm lenses than Nikon offers. I bought it for use on my DX-Format, Nikon D7000.

It is a fast, super-sharp lens that is excellent for less than ideal lighting conditions. I've been able to use it indoors without a flash. It will auto-focus with Nikon's entry-level DSLRs like the D40, D3000, D3100 and D5100. It focuses perfectly and has great bokeh.

For around $200, this is a top-notch 50mm lens - it should in everyone's camera bag.

I also feel the need to mention that Crutchfield had it in stock when no one else did. This new 50mm lens is in high demand and Crutchfield was able to get it to me - with no shipping charges - within 2 days of my order. Many thanks to the great team at Crutchfield!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

So far it is Great

Written By Chris C, Dnever, CO on Friday, July 08, 2011
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I have only had it for a week but it takes great pictures for the price. I was looking at the 1.4 but decided to get this one for the lower price.
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3 questions already asked

Will this lens work with my Nikon D3000? [ Eliza W  Apr 08, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes, this lens will work with the following Nikon cameras including the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000, and D5100. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 11, 2014 ]
Will this lens work on a Nikon D80 camera? [ G. J.  Feb 23, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Yes, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm will be compatible with the D80. [ Krissy Staff  Feb 25, 2014 ]
Does anyone know if this works with the D5200? Thank you [ ajpipp  Jan 06, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • Yes it works on a D5200. However, it will not be 55mm it will be about a 65-70mm because of the APS-C sensor. You'll need a full frame Nikon for it to be 50mm. Takes great potrait photos and low light is good too. My wife loves it. [ JOHN   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • I have the D5100 & it works with that , so I'm sure it would work with the D5200. Here'sa great reference link as well. Nikon's website has a lens/camera compatability list as well for future reference. [ TONYA   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • YES! All AF-S lens work with D 5200. [ CHARLES   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • Yes, this lens was made specifically for the newer DSLRs in the Nikon line. The "G" designation means it does not have an external mechanical aperture ring. The aperture is set electronically by the camera body, even in manual mode.This lens cannot be used on older cameras, including Nikon film cameras. [ EVAN J   Jan 06, 2014 ]

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