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Great Prime Lens for the money
I was in the market for a good prime lens but didn't want to spend too much for my first one so I decided to go with this one. At first, I was skeptical...Read complete review
I was in the market for a good prime lens but didn't want to spend too much for my first one so I decided to go with this one. At first, I was skeptical as it was cheap, not a AF-S lens, material seems light and cheap, and didn't seem very durable. It wasn't till I started using it and realized its potential. This is a great lens. Shoots very crisp images with a nice blur effect in the background which helps bring your attention to the subject of the picture. It helps bring out the atmosphere of the subject matter in your photos without losing much of the image and color. It's a great lens during events, especially in a low-light environment and also a great lens for portraits and landscape. With a wide range of F-stops from 1.8 to 22, you have a wide variety of aperture to choose from to adapt to your surroundings. I now mostly use this lens for events and portraits. The only con I have with this lens is that it's a AF lens and is not compatible with the new D3100/D5100, as well as the D3000 and D5000. I wouldn't recommend this to beginners who are using these new bodies since you have to manually focus your images. I use it on my D3100 and it takes several shots for you to get the focus right. It's also quite noisy when it auto-focuses on a compatible body such as the D90/D7000 and up. I would recommend the new 50mm 1.8G Lens for beginners since that is a AF-S lens and is very quiet when focusing. It's also compatible with all Nikon DSLRs. Other than those cons, this is a great lens for beginners and professionals alike. I would highly recommend you to pick this up since it's quite affordable and takes excellent pictures. All of my sample pictures were taken with a D3100 body.
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Not Bad for the Price
This is a good general purpose lens. The optical quality is good, if not better than Nikon's f/1.4 models. The bokeh is a little hash for some pictorial work. It is usable...Read complete review
This is a good general purpose lens. The optical quality is good, if not better than Nikon's f/1.4 models. The bokeh is a little hash for some pictorial work. It is usable on a DX camera for waist up portraits, but the distortion becomes unpleasant for typical portraits. Beware the plastic filter threads - this is a major disappointment and will slow you down because of the care needed to change filters.
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Excellent first lens for learning and value to use for years
from San Francisco, CA, USA
Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f1.8D Lens:
The 50mm f/1.8D is the very first lens I bought along with my first Nikon. I tried them both out at the camera store before making my purchase. I found it to be a great first lens for so many reasons. Being an affordable fast prime lens is on top of that list. I've used it for black & white as well as color film photography. It is small and light that walking around photographing is not tiring. The filter size being 52mm makes it affordable to experiment with different filters. Though the autofocus doesn't work with entry-level DSLR, I'm not lowering how I rate this lens for it because the 50mm f/1.8D worked with the film camera I bought with it, F5. When I got my first DSLR, it worked just fine with it too. It focuses fast and the images are sharp and clear. When I want to be more creative than what the camera does, i manually set the aperture on the lens and manually adjust the focus to infinity for long exposures. For the price, you really can't complain about the value you get out of it. The 50mm f/1.8 is a great first lens when learning photography and provides years of use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great lens but tight fit on D750
from Richmond, VA, USA
Bought the D instead of a G because of the slightly smaller size. Ended up exchanging it and going with the G model because it was a real tight fit when trying to mount and unmount from camera. My other lenses felt nice and smooth and easy to mount and unmount, this one felt like there was considerable amount of tension. G model did not have the issue. No complaints on the image.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Purple spot at f/8 or more...
purple spot appears on "black" objects on all shots taken at f/8 to f/22 with light sources
Cheap fast prime lens, manual focus
from Harrison, Me
This lens is a steal for the money . I use it with my Nikon D3200 it only works in manual focus but it's F/1.8 aperture is great for low light conditions. I have used this lens to photograph stars, landscapes and people, a nice prime lens takes better pics than the kit lens that comes with the camera.
Wonderful prime lens
from Citrus County, FL, USA
I love this lens. I use it on my d7100 and the results have been excellent. It is great in low light, very sharp, focuses quickly, and gives great crispness and color fidelity. At the price, this may be the best bargain in camera lenses, period. I highly recommend this lens for any camera with a focus motor in the camera (7000 series or higher).
Great lens for the price
from San Jose, CA, USA
Been using this lens for about 8 years now. I personally didn't really like the 50mm range on the DX, but loved it on my FX. I really like the color this lens brings out, and the bokeh it produces. The only thing I find a bit annoying about this lens is the noise of the focusing when set to AF.
"Hot spot" aberrations at apertures lower than f/11 - please, please, do not purchase this lens. Research it first.
When a customer purchases a lens from Nikon, it is generally assumed that the product will meet the highest standards of quality and dependability. This is why I was so surprised to discover a "purple spot", or "pale blue dot" visible at lower apertures on the AF Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 D. After a great deal of trial and error, trouble shooting, and wasted money cleaning the thing, I learned, to the best of my knowledge, the purple spot is presumably caused by light bouncing off the sensor, back on the rear element lens, and back on the sensor (no, this is not glare, it is not a lens flare, or dirty lens- you can literally detect this problem from a brand new lens, fresh out of the box at a camera store). This design flaw renders the lens functionally useless at apertures lower than F11. Simply search "pale purple dot, AF Nikkor 50mm 1.8D" on the internet to see what I mean. Nikon should recall the product with the intent on discovering if this aberration represents a manufacturing error in a limited batch of AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lenses or a larger problem, and then they should fix it. When I contacted Nikon about this, they were very respectful, but have not recognized or admitted to this common problem (to my knowledge). If you are even considering purchasing this lens, try it before you buy it.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Superb value for a very capable lens.
from Atlanta, GA
I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of images I consistently get from this little lens. For the price, there isn't much to complain about. No, it's not the sharpest lens in the world when shooting it wide open - nor will it produce the best bokeh at that range - but stopped down to f/2.8-4, you'll really see it shine. It will still perform well if you need to shoot it at f/1.8, but don't expect miracles from it. That said, you can't beat the clarity and quality you're getting for the price. If you have a camera body with built-in AF, this lens is a no brainer.
Poor Focus Ring!
This lens comes with a "deadly rough focus ring". Every time I try to focus on the subject, it keeps overshooting the focus point on either side. I've a standard kit lens i.e. 18-55mm VR kit but it has a really smooth focus ring. Then I have a friend who has Canon 600D. He possesses a 50mm f/1.8 which has a INCREDIBLY SMOOTH FOCUS RING! Please Nikon! If it's a defect in my lens, please replace it or please improve your quality regarding this lens. I don't expect such a mistake from you! THIS LENS IS AWESOME OTHERWISE! Thank you!
Amazing image quality at an affordable price!
I bought this lens for my Nikon D7000. I'm getting more into video so I needed a lens with an aperture control ring. With bodies like the D7000 and higher you can take advantage of the aperture control ring when using AF-D lenses. You have to enable this function in the D7000's menu. Its custom function f6. When enabled the aperture ring will allow you to change the aperture in live view and while recording video, which is a HUGE plus for videographers. I also have the 24mm 2.8D which is another great AF-D lens. Both of these lenses are all I really need for video. As for image quality well its sharp! very sharp. Its actually better then I was expecting. Its a little soft wide open which is to be expected. However stopped down a bit and this lens will deliver amazing detail and color. Its built quality is just as good as other D lenses. Its made of plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. It feels solid in the hand, plus its focus ring is nice and smooth with a little bit of resistance. As for auto focusing on my D7000 its fast to find focus. Its not loud like other people complain about. I mean yeah it makes noise but its not annoying. Over all I'd buy this lens again and again. I really hope Nikon keeps all of their AF-D lenses in production for a long time. They are small and compact plus they are affordable.
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