Nikor 50 mm f/1.8 AF-S is a “must-have” lens for all the photographers starting from amateurs and beginners to professional photographers having a lot of experience under their belt.
Comparative review of standard lenses and Nikon
There is no need to talk much about the lens, it is great – sharp, small, light – a dream of any photographer:
And that is not all. The lens is remarkable for being suitable to all digital SLR cameras from Nikon, it does not matter if there is an AF-S in the camera or not as the lens works perfectly on all the cameras even despite a crop-factor.
And the most interesting thing here is its price. The lens costs only 250$, together with this its quality and sharpness is not worse than the quality and sharpness of a high-aperture Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 for 1700$.
The idea of distortion is alien to the owners of this prime lens because it is impossible to see it with the naked eye.
There is a well-known switch M/A – M on the lens, put it in the following position – M/A, and forget about it. If you need to increase the sharpness manually, just roll the focus ring.
Bokeh depends on how close you have approached the lens and what kind of rapidity you have chosen. As for me, it suits me down to the ground, I did not feel any addiction to my 50mm f/1.4 AF-S at all.
If the photos taken with this lens are not sharp it means you do something wrong.
Be sure to buy the security filter 58 mm.
Is there any use in changing 50mm f/1.8D for a new one?
Certainly, not. 50mm f/1.8d costs twice as cheap as the new one and, together with this, it is identical to the new lens. There is no sense in paying over 100$ for an autofocus that will work a little bit faster on your camera.
Is there any use in overpaying for 50mm f/1.4 D/G?
I would not do that. But each of us knows who he is and what he wants. If f/1.4 is an ultimate dream for you, well, the answer is obvious. But you should understand that having such a rapidity you will take photos only once a million times because the depth of sharpness on the aperture f/1.4 is measured by millimeters.
Conclusion and recommendations
If you need a really great, super-mega sharp prime lens 50 mm and you use a camera that does not have an AF-S (D40 /D40x /D60 /D3000 /D3100 /D5000 /D5100 /D3200 /D3300 /D5200/D5300/D5500), you should certainly buy 50mm f/1.8G AF-S. If there is an AF-S on your camera, then the time-honored 50mm f/1.8D is still relevant for its ridiculous price.
If you love your rapidity maniacally, then 50mm f/1.4G AF-S is the best and most expensive thing you can take.
As for the super-low-cost variants, please, draw your attention to the Soviet lenses, for example, Helios 44 that you can buy at a jumble market for a ridiculous price, but you will have to regulate focus manually taking photos.