Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D
$60 - $132
50 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.8

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"This is a MUST OWN lens in the Nikon AF line. Not only sharp and fast, but my favorite perspective and CHEAP to buy! It's the best way to learn how ALL of the photojournalists in the 40s-70s shot EVERYTHING they printed."

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"Perfect photos at 65 mph at f8 @1/800! This lens lets in lots of light so I can use a fast shutter and get absolutely no blur at highway speeds."

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"One thing I do not like about the lens is that the aperture ring moves easily and causes the camera not to register any f/stop."

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compatibilitywith digital cameras

Full frame

This lens is compatible with Full frame cameras such as the Nikon D750, Nikon D810 and Nikon D5. However, this lens won't auto focus on cameras such as the Nikon D810A that are lacking focus motors.

Nikon D750
39.5°
horizontal angle of view
50mm
35mm equivalent focal length

APS-C (1.5x crop factor)

This lens is compatible with APS-C (1.5x crop factor) cameras such as the Nikon D7200, Nikon D5600 and Nikon D5500. However, this lens won't auto focus on cameras such as the Nikon D5500 that are lacking focus motors.

Nikon D7200
26.4°
horizontal angle of view
76.5mm
35mm equivalent focal length

Pros

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Length Quite short Help
38 mm
Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp
Diameter Small diameter Help
64 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$59.50
Weight Very light Help
156 g

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use

Cons

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D vs other Digital camera lenses

Focus motor Lacks a silent focus motor Help
Louder and slower
Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
50 mm
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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50 mm
Max focal length
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50 mm
Zoom range
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1x
Magnification
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1:6.7 (0.2)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Wide minimum
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f/22
Tele maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Tele minimum
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f/22

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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None
below average below average
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Nikon FX
Length
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38 mm
above average above average
Diameter
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64 mm
above average above average
Filter size
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52 mm
Weight
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156 g
above average above average

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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39.6°
Telephoto horizontal
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39.6°
Wide vertical
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27°
Telephoto vertical
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27°
Wide diagonal
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46.8°
Telephoto diagonal
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46.8°

Angle of view (On Nikon DX APS-C 1.5x crop cameras)

Wide horizontal
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26.6°
below average below average
Telephoto horizontal
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26.6°
Wide vertical
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18°
below average below average
Telephoto vertical
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18°
Wide diagonal
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31.7°
below average below average
Telephoto diagonal
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31.7°

Competitors

DiscussionWhat do you think about the Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens?

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Eric (7:10 PM, September 03, 2016)
hi latter, i had a nikon D3100 and bought the lens 50 mm 1.8 D,

you need to focus manually and use a tripod and the results are great, when you turn the ring you will see a white dot mean the len has focused properly and you shoot.

Really it is a good len

Eric
 
Avatar for Âñèęśh Dãth Âñèęśh Dãth (9:10 PM, January 03, 2016)
I do not understand , what is the foolishness in the question. He was just asking whether this lens is compatible with 810..I think you think foolish.
 
Avatar for Joseph Massimino Joseph Massimino (2:59 PM, December 01, 2015)
If you are a Novice photographer, and your have chosen Nikon as your platform, there is something you should know if you plan to advance your skills. Nikon produces DX cameras, and they are very good, but the DX has a smaller cmos sensor. The upgrade from that is an FX model that has a full sized cmos sensor. When you buy a Nikon lens, you should know what features your camera has before buying the lens. Some Nikon cameras, such as the D90, or D7000 have the ability to focus a lens that requires an auto-focus motor. Some of Nikon's camera have autofocus motors, and some do not. You should know this before searching for a new lens. You should also know that if you ever advance your skills and decide to move up to and FX model of Nikon camera, many of your DX lens might work, as some FX cameras can auto sense the lens, and scale back the camera to use the DX lens. This means that while you can use the DX lens on the FX camera, it does not take advantage of the bigger Cmos sensor, because the DX lens only produces a DX, or C sized image that can not fill the full FX sized sensor. So the camera scales back to allow you to use the DX lens. Your best lens will be a lens that was meant for a FX camera. Many of those will work on a DX camera as well, so when you upgrade your camera, you may keep all of those wonderful Nikon FX lens you own. This may all sound complicated to some, but you might feel like you wasted money if you start buying lens willy-nilly, and not pay attention to compatibilities. So there are two areas you should educate yourself on before buying your next lens. Does your current camera have a DX, or FX sized sensor? Does your current camera contain an auto-focus motor? Some do, and some don't, does yours have one? If you can't answer that question, read the specifications in your camera manual, or online.
Lastly, Ken Rockwell has a wonderful web site that can explain everything about your camera, and lens compatibilities. His web site is awesome.
There are many photography forums, but be sure to join one for Nikon cameras,
 
Avatar for Appayan Chakraborty Appayan Chakraborty (10:30 AM, August 17, 2015)
Dont ask foolish questions.... Nikon D810 is one of the best camera nowadays... Its similar to nikon Mark IV 1DX...
 
basset (0:47 PM, May 23, 2015)
he mean to make the lens aperture on f22 you will find a :1.8,2.8,4, 5.6,8,11 and 22 make the pointer on 22 there you'll get the f22 :D
 
Avatar for Lori Evans Lori Evans (2:01 AM, May 11, 2015)
I have a D7100 & this lens only works on F22 if I try any other settings like F1.8 my camera flashes FEE. I'm a beginner & cant seem to get any help on understanding if this lens is compatible & if not what lens type to get. I don't want to return this lens if it's just me doing something wrong. Can anyone help
 
Avatar for Vanessa Vanessa (3:08 PM, December 11, 2014)
what do you mean by f22?
 
Hind (3:39 PM, November 23, 2014)
Will this lens be ok for my D810?
 
Josh (0:59 AM, September 08, 2014)
If I have a d3200 and use this lens, I'm unable to autofocus. But am I still able to correctly manual focus?
 
Avatar for Joe Hayhurst Joe Hayhurst (1:00 AM, July 29, 2014)
Yes. You only can't autofocus on the D3xxx / D5xxxx series cameras.
 
Avatar for Anushka Eranga Anushka Eranga (6:59 AM, July 21, 2014)
Can I Auto Focus This lens on Nikon D610?
 
Avatar for atique atique (6:23 AM, January 25, 2014)
in D3200 autofocus won't work with 50mm 1.8D .. try a 50mm 1.8G
 
Ian Buosi (3:29 PM, December 14, 2013)
it depends from the camera if it will allow auto focus or not
 
Lollypops (11:39 AM, December 02, 2013)
Please help can any one tell me the difference between a Nikon Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 D lens and the Nikon Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 ?
 
Jr (6:18 PM, July 29, 2013)
How do i use this on nikon d5200? Exlpain to me how to use it
 
ziya (8:56 PM, July 22, 2013)
Also remember that this lens has aperture control ring.
This means you can manually change aperture even if the lens is reverse mounted. Reverse mount lens can be used for macro photography and
This 50mm is perfect for it. The afs 1.8 g cannot be used for the reverse lens mount cuz of absence of the aperture control ring
 
Santiago (10:13 PM, June 11, 2013)
is it really bad to use this with a camera with no focus motor. that means that ill have to use manual focus right?
 
Puuvilla (5:21 PM, May 21, 2013)
I used a AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D. Yes it had a signature D, so that's weird because it had autofocus
 
Puuvilla (5:19 PM, May 21, 2013)
I've been playing around with this lens on D80, it obviously is totally perfectly matching together. Now I have a dilemma: nikon d90 with this or canon D600..
 
Avatar for Lanthus Clark Lanthus Clark (0:33 PM, April 18, 2013)
Will work great and be a fine portrait lens! Check my portrait taken with a D90 and the 50 f1.8D here: http://thephotophile.blogspot.se/2013/04/available-light-and-nikkor-50mm-f18d.html
 
Avatar for Lanthus Clark Lanthus Clark (0:32 PM, April 18, 2013)
Works great, see my own results with this lens here: http://thephotophile.blogspot.se/2013/04/available-light-and-nikkor-50mm-f18d.html
 
Avatar for Lanthus Clark Lanthus Clark (0:30 PM, April 18, 2013)
Will work great and be a fine portrait lens! Check my portrait taken with a D90 and the 50 f1.8D here: http://thephotophile.blogspot.se/2013/04/available-light-and-nikkor-50mm-f18d.html
 
Avatar for Lanthus Clark Lanthus Clark (0:28 PM, April 18, 2013)
It needs to be locked down at f22 to register, but then of course it still won't have autofocus.
 
marcus (2:57 PM, February 24, 2013)
can i know what's the problem when I fit this 50mm1.8D lens to my D3200, there's a "lens not attach" msg?
 
Avatar for mohd azhar mohd azhar (2:38 PM, January 26, 2013)
hello planning to buy ths lens i have d7000 will this lens work with it