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Great performance for the money
This is my 4th Nikkor 50mm prime. I purchased a 50/1.4G ~three years ago, but did not like it due to its lack of sharpness and contrast at the first 3 stops....Read complete review
This is my 4th Nikkor 50mm prime. I purchased a 50/1.4G ~three years ago, but did not like it due to its lack of sharpness and contrast at the first 3 stops. Having expected a better product for the money at that time I returned it after a week. This new 50/1.8 is technically amazing! At short distances it is very sharp already at f/1.8. At longer, landscape distances, it is sharp at f/2.2. For most situations, it stays pretty consistent until f/14, and then the picture quality clearly drops off at f16. That''s a pretty large range of useful apertures set in 1/3 steps! Compared to my other 50mm lenses, it outperformes the older, manual 50/1.8, with regard to corner sharpness and contrast, especially wide open, but it does not hold a candle to the manual AIS 50/1.2 whith regard to color reproduction and bokeh. With my 50/f1.2, pictures more often turn out to be vibrant and alive, whereas this new 50/1.8 seems to produce very accurate, but also a bit sterile results. The above are my personal (non-technical) impressions. Comparing lenses solely at an objective, measurable, technical performance level does not do them justice, IMO. Each lens has its own character, and some are more suited for certain situations, motives and camera bodies, than others. It takes time to really get to know a lens, and I still learn something new about my gear even after having owned it for several years. That said, user reviews always need to be read with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, if you are in the market for a modern 50mm prime, this lens maybe is the best product for the money right now. I wholeheartedly would recommend it to my best friends.
Most Liked Negative Review
this lens just doesn't have near the sharpness or clarity one would expect from any nikon lens. the back focus varies by aperture with f/8 yielding decent (not great) results. conducted tests...Read complete review
this lens just doesn't have near the sharpness or clarity one would expect from any nikon lens. the back focus varies by aperture with f/8 yielding decent (not great) results. conducted tests on a tripod with remote shutter release and mirror up on my d4 and both d700 bodies at native iso settings. results were bad across the boards. hadn't touched the lens in 3 years and don't feel right about selling it. it only popped up on my radar again after meeting a nikon rep at a sales event in fort worth last weekend. they offered to inspect it so i'm sending it to them for possible repair, recalibration, incineration, or whatever. will revisit this review if anything changes.
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Great To Start, Welcomed At Night
from Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1.8G Camera Lens:
It was the video i watched, and the interviewed photographer talked about he always take shots with ambient, and they really looked great, and suddenly an event came up, so i rent a 85mm for my cropped sensor D3200 camera, and every thing was so great, so i get back and told the shop owner, how much and how can i get it, he said it's not good,as the owner didn't keep it well and he offer high price, and doesn't worse buying, take a 50mm, so i bought this one, the field of view is what i almost look for, not so close not so far, although it's a semi tele photo (on my cropped sensor) almost equal to full body portrait lens, i got lot of great photo with it, without changing back to my 18-55 kit lens, also due my job, most of my free time rest in night, so i always need that large aperture of it, it helps a lot, must of time i can get the shot in 1/13 second in hand held mode, otherwise on tripod with less shutter speed, before the person move and make the shot go blur. It's Sharp toward the kit lens, i can't say much cause i didn't had much of these lens or different camera to compare them to, but it's sharp as i see it. the bokeh is great (well that's obvious, that's aperture doing), it think the T too much better than the kit lens, since the differences in amount of light is obvious in same setting. and if you ignore my country, the price is so low (everything so expensive in here, but that's due currency value and lot of people eating over incoming items.) I suggest it. Review by Hassan Faghihi (myself), i own D3200 Crop sensor which is my first, operating 99% of time in manual mode,own the lens for ~5+/-1 month, and own the camera for near 1 year which is my first. i do any stuff, and not as a professional. my insta profile if you want to check in, sure i cannot show the full capacity of the lens as noobie, but i hope it helps: mimosh_pisholack
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Fort Worth, TX, USA
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
love this lens!
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!
This is my first 50mm lens and I absolutely love it!
from Chicago, IL, USA
After getting my D3300 with the two (2) kit lenses, this is was my next purchase. Now this lens is my go-to lens for portraits during family events and documenting our baby's first few months. Make sure you get comfortable with aperture priority and open this up all the way to 1.8 and be amazed at what your photography can be with some decent glass and excellent shallow depth of field. I've managed to get some amazing shots indoor during the early evening in low-light situations without a speedlight, which always prompts the question what flash did you use and when I say nothing everybody wants to know the lens I use. The humble 50mm prime as made me a believer - nifty fifty indeed !!!
from Mount Prospect, IL
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.
This is my favorite lens. Once I got it, I couldn't stop using it. The pictures come out extremely sharp. Everyone wants me to take pictures of them now that I have this lens because it's THAT good. It's a steal for the price it's at.
from Willingboro, NJ, USA
A friend of mine let me test his first, then I rushed to go get myself one. Best lens I ever bought in the 20 years of my photography career. Ive been using Tamron and Sigma for years, now I regret it. Tack sharp for portraits. Bokeh is beautiful. Now I am selling my Tamron and Sigma lenses.
Excellent is low lights
from Sri Lanka
Very good performance in low light with no distortions But there are some chromatic aberrations near by highlights, but it is not too high As overall this is very good for portrait photography and low light photography and for landscapes also...
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
A major upgrade to my previous lens, the starter lens of the Nikon D3200. The focus is much more intense and better. The f/1.8 allows me to place my shutter speed higher. It's just overall amazing and better.
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