differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Is a prime lens Yes vs No
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Prime lenses have a single focal length, they are typically sharper and have wider apertures
Significantly wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest, the AF-S 50mm f/1.8G captures much more light (1.9 f-stops)
Significantly narrower aperture f/16 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the AF-S 50mm f/1.8G goes 3 f-stops narrower
Shorter 53 mm vs 79 mm
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More than 30% shorter
Slightly smaller diameter 71 mm vs 74 mm
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Almost the same
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Reasons to consider the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Image stabilization Nikon VR vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
More zoom 3.1x vs 1x
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More than 3x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 50 mm
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2.8x better wide angle
Slightly more magnification 1:3.2 (0.3) vs 1:6.7 (0.1)
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Take macro shots with subjects more than 2x larger in your photo
Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Learn more about
the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
AF-S 50mm f/1.8Gf/16
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX f/5.6

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
AF-S 50mm f/1.8G50 mm
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX 55 mm

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Competitors

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Low light lens

$60 - $100

Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

$160

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Significantly better telephoto
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX

Wildlife lens

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Prime lens Is a zoom lens

Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Competitors

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon F

Wide angle lens

$294 - $369

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED

Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED

Wide angle lens

Diameter Smaller diameter
Length Slightly shorter
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Low light lens

$60 - $100

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Prime lens Is a prime lens
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

discussion Which do you think is better?

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