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Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 D lens review


Every self-respecting photographer should have such a lens. This glass is one of the sharpest and simultaneously not expensive which makes it a unique one.

Just only for $150 you will get a high quality of the image unobtainable with zoom lenses for $1500. There is a reverse side as well – due to a fixed focus of 50 mm you will have to run to get the needed picture composition set-up, which is useful for health.

Some people think that prime lens of 50 mm is intended for portraits but I do not quite agree with that. You can do everything with this magic lens Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 (or just Nikon, which is the same). Do you want to take photos of landscapes? You are welcome:


Portrait? No problem:


Do you have fast-moving children? They will not run away from you any more:


Fire? We’ll put it out now:


Not fire but water flood? That is not a problem as well:


Is the light bad? It is a playgame for the prime lens:


Is it completely dark? Nothing’s easier:


Are you at the wedding? That’s very good:


Not at the wedding but at the concert? There is no difference at all:


Don’t you know yourself where you are? I have been in the same situation:


This high-aperture lens is so small and light that you can always take it with you and get excellent photos. Thanks to the maximum aperture of f /1.8 it becomes possible to take photos even if the light is bad or make nice portraits with a fuzzy background.

Snap the switch not to turn the ring accidentally otherwise indication “F–” will be on. In case of f/22 the aperture goes into an automatic mode and is operated from the camera.

Lens of Nikon 50 mm 1.8 works well on all FX-cameras. There should be an AF-S system on DX-cameras. Unfortunately, this prime lens autofocus will not work if you take not expensive Nikon cameras: D40X, D40, D60, D3000, D3100,D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D3300, D5300 or D5500. I do not recommend you to focus manually as you will often do wrong because the depth of focus will not be big.

As an alternative I advise you to consider the following variants: Nikon 35
mm f /1.8 Af-s or Nikon 50 mm f /1.8 Af-s. I recommend you the first variant because you possess a DX-camera, that is why 50 mm angle of view will be much narrower, which is not very convenient indoors and in situations when it is not possible to step back. Besides, you will take photos rarely using f /1.4 aperture because of a very small depth of focus, but the price of such lens is very high.

Below I will enumerate the cameras on which Nikkor 50 mm f /1.8D AF will really work with an autofocus: Nikon D50, D80, D90, D300, D300s, D700, D750, D3, D3X, D4, D7000, D7100, D600, D800,D810.

Henri Cartier-Bresson all his life took photos only with the prime lens of 50 mm which did not prevent him from becoming the icon of photojournalism.

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