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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.
Most Liked Negative Review
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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Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f1.8D Lens:
I found this lens was incompatible (for autofocus) with my Nikon D3100. Unfortunately, there is no information on the website to warn you about this; the specifications do not mention it. I am now faced with having to find a Nikon camera which is compatible with the lens! However, without any information about which models are compatible with this lens, I am stuck. I cannot comment on the kens because I have not been able to use it!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from Hillsboro, OR, USA
All these af-d lenses are incredible! I bought several refurbished af-d lenses to use on my D500 and my F4 film camera. They're so versitile for use on digital and film cameras. Light weight and sharp. Easy to pack. A real bargain. I've ordered a refurbished Nikon f6. I've never received a bad refurbished product from Nikon.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Broken Arrow, OK, USA
I just received this lens and the reviews I read made me buy it. This lens is just what people acclaimed it is exceptional. Love it close ups, portraits and general uses, love it.
Great Lens for a reasonable price.
from New York, NY, USA
I still consider myself a beginner in Photography... I think that prime lenses are a great tool to teach yourself how to frame a picture if you are as bad as I was in the very beginning. This specific lens is simple and light and remains one of my favorite go to lens. It is versatile and can be used for portraits, close-ups and is great in low light and interior settings. At this price, it is a no brainer...
Excellent first lens for learning and value to use for years
from San Francisco, CA, USA
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.
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.
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.
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