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

Model: 2199

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.8 x 2.1" (7.11 x 5.33 cm)
Weight 6.6 oz (187 g)
Filter thread 58 mm


Magnification 0.15x
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:6.6
Focal length 50 mm
Camera mount type Nikon F
Angle of view 47°
DX Picture Angle: 31°
Groups/elements 6/7
Diaphragm blades 7
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Minimum focus distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16


Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
25 March 2014

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition is optically identical to the standard version of the lens, but is priced higher.

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    Sharp. Compact. Wide aperture. Internal focus motor.

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    No vibration reduction or aperture ring. Priced higher than standard version of lens based only on cosmetic changes.

What digital camera.32818507
1 May 2012

This new prime lens has a very affordable price. The WDC review of the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G discovers that its performance is impressive too

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    Fantastic full-frame performance

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    Some chromatic aberration on DX-format sensor

Photo net.34752471
14 October 2011

For years, the popular and affordable 50mm/f1.8 was only available as an AF-D lens that cannot auto focus on today’s consumer DSLRs such as the earlier D40 to the current D3100 and D5100. This new AF-S version is a very welcome addition.

2 November 2011

This update to Nikon's venerable 50mm f/1.8G has a lot to live up to, as the reputation of the older D version that it is amongst Nikon's sharpest optics will be a hard task to live up to.

Imaging resource.34355410
15 August 2011

With so many choices in the 50mm category, even just from Nikon, it's hard to figure who the target audience for the 50mm Æ’/1.8G. Obviously, owners of consumer bodies such as the D3100 or D5100, which don't have mechanical autofocus screws, will gravitate to this lens.

22 March 2013

Owners of Nikon's FX cameras will find the price of this lens attractive – and its performance on the 'full frame' bodies should justify its including in an FX kit. DX owners looking for a lens with a 'normal' perspective should probably favour one of Nikon's 35mm primes (the f/1.4G or f/2D,...

Photozone de.34752480
27 August 2012

The Nikon AF-S 50/1.8 performs quite well on the V1 camera. At large apertures, the high density of the small CX sensor turns out to be a little challenging, but stopped down the lens reaches very good to excellent resolution across the whole frame.

Photozone de.34752480
24 June 2012

The Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G is a very solid performer that delivers very good to excellent sharpness across most of the FX frame. Typical for a fast prime there is some vignetting wide open as well as bokeh fringing. CAs and distortion are moderate.

Lenstip com.34355424
5 July 2011

The new Nikkor is a bit more expensive than its predecessor but still it remains a cheap lens, well within reach of most of photographers. Like its predecessor, it offers a lot for such a price.

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    excellent image quality in the frame centre,, good image quality on the edge of the frame,, not very bothersome chromatic aberration,, slight distortion,, well-controlled vignetting on the smaller sensor,, silent and quite swift autofocus,, very good work against bright light,, rich accessory kit...

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    image quality near the maximum aperture could have been at least a bit better,, noticeable coma in the corners of full frame,, distinct vignetting on full frame.

16 June 2011

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the new version of Nikon's 50mm prime lens, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens.

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    Outstanding optical performance when stopped down, Very good sharpens in the centre at maximum aperture, Excellent build, Light weight, Resistance to flare, Low levels of chromatic aberration

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    Barrel distortion a little strong for a lens of this type, Hyperfocal marking difficult to use

User Reviews
2 November 2016

this lens was my first prime lens for my d3300, and i absolutely love it. i was using my 18-55mm lens for the longest time and i wanted a lens that got more bokeh/depth of field so i asked a family friend who is a nikon photographer and he referred me to this lens and i couldn't be happier!

1 January 2016

First I must say I own both 1.4 and 1.8 versions. Simply put: there is no reasonable argument to go for the 1.4G version, the end. First of all, almost no difference in results when you compare 1.4 and 1.8 images. Half the price.

6 April 2016

This is probably The worst lens I have ever bought. Produces the quality of an average cellphone image... Have tried everything and still get low quality and not sharp images. I read the other reviews so figured I'd get what I wanted - a clear, sharp 50mm view. Hmmmmm.

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    None I could determine.

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    Utter lack of sharpness when displayed at 100% - exactly the same way I view all my other images. I generally use a 40mm MICRO for just about everything (unless it's my 105mm MICRO) including distance land/seascapes, and am spoiled with regard to clear, SHARP images.

26 April 2015

One of my best nighttime performers, better than the 50/1.4 AFS and than most other 50mm I tested (but the Noct of course), including the Voigtlaender Nokton 58/1.4. Good results in low light, generally speaking. Wide open, it vignettes a lot, but pictures do have some punch already.

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    Contrast, flare behaviour, against-the-light shoooting, point light sources

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    lightly built

29 November 2016

I've had this lens for a few weeks now, and it's become my primary portrait lens, along side my 85mm f/1.8. Both are tac sharp, with beautiful bokeh. Although it feels a little light, and cheap, it's solid as a rock. Highly recommend, and buying a second for my daughter.

4 October 2016

This is a fantastic lens. Paired with my D3300 the photos are super crisp and beautiful. This is now my go to lens for outdoor and a majority of the shooting indoor as well. Great choice.

15 September 2015

I am really amazed at the quality of photos from this lens... I didn't expect it to be that good. Makes photos nearly look 3D. Super shape pics.

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    Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable

11 August 2013

This is a great lens - it is making me switch out of the cheaper consumer zoom lenses that Nikon sells. I am willing to sacrifice the convenience of zoom for the sharpness that this lens brings. The 35 mm version of this actually may be more convenient if you shoot indoor groups very often.

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    Great In Low Light, Very sharp pictures, Light and easy to carry

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    Need to zoom with feet

6 June 2012

This is my first lens besides the 18-55mm non-VR kit lens that I use with my D3000. I am just beginning to expand my photography and I cannot believe I have used any other lens besides this one. The kit lens feels barbaric! The autofocus is super fast even in low light.

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    Build Quality, cheap, Fast Focus, Lightweight

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    Soft at 18

Product Highlights
  • Fast f/1.8 Compact FX-Format Prime Lens
  • Beautiful Background Blur (Bokeh)
  • Superior Color Consistency
  • Reduce Lens Flare and Ghosting
  • Effective Aberration Correction
  • Fast, Accurate and Quiet Autofocus
  • Quick Switching from AF to MF
  • Compatible With DX Format
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-47 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  • CL-1013 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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