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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

If you are looking for a versatile and affordable prime lens for your Nikon DSLR, you might want to consider the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G. This lens is one of the most popular and well-reviewed lenses in the Nikon lineup and for good reasons. In this blog post, I will share with you some of the features, benefits and drawbacks of this lens, and why I think it is a great choice for many photographers.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is a standard prime lens that offers a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, which allows you to capture sharp images in low-light situations, create beautiful background blur (bokeh), and isolate your subject from surroundings. The lens also has a silent wave motor (SWM) that provides fast and accurate autofocus, and a manual focus override that lets you fine-tune the focus manually. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 0.45m (1.5 ft), which means you can get close to your subject and create some interesting perspectives.


The lens is compatible with both full-frame (FX) and crop-sensor (DX) Nikon DSLRs, but it will have a different effective focal length depending on the camera body. On a full-frame camera, the lens will have a 50mm focal length, which is considered a normal or standard perspective that closely matches what the human eye sees. On a crop-sensor camera, the lens will have a 75mm equivalent focal length, which is more suitable for portraits and tight shots.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is a compact and lightweight lens that weighs only 185g (6.6 oz) and measures 72mm (2.8 in) in diameter and 52.5mm (2.1 in) in length. It has a metal mount that ensures durability and reliability and a rubber gasket that prevents dust and moisture from entering the lens. The lens comes with a lens hood that helps reduce flare and ghosting, and a soft pouch that protects the lens from scratches and dust.


The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is not without flaws, however. Some of the drawbacks of this lens are:


- It does not have image stabilization (VR), which means you have to use a faster shutter speed or a higher ISO to avoid camera shake.

- It does not have weather sealing, which means you have to be careful when using it in harsh environments.

- It has some chromatic aberration (color fringing) and distortion, especially at wide apertures, which can affect the image quality.

- It has some vignetting (darkening of the corners), especially on full-frame cameras, which can be corrected in post-processing or by stopping down the aperture.


Despite these drawbacks, I think the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is an excellent lens that delivers great performance and value for money. It is sharp, fast, versatile, and easy to use. It is ideal for portraits, landscapes, street photography, weddings, events, and more. It is also a great lens to learn photography with, as it forces you to move around and compose your shots creatively.

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