Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
$217
50 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.8
  • Nikon AF-S Built-in focus motor

compatibilitywith digital cameras

Full frame

This lens is compatible with Full frame cameras such as the Nikon D5 and Nikon D810A.

Nikon D5
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 D3400 and Nikon D5600.

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

Pros

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Focus motor Silent focus motor Help
Silent and fast
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$216.95
Weight Very light Help
187 g
Diameter Small diameter Help
71 mm
Length Quite short Help
53 mm
Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use

Cons

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G vs other Digital camera lenses

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Wide minimum Poor narrowest aperture Help
f/16
Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
50 mm

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 (0.1)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Wide minimum
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f/16
below average below average
Tele maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Tele minimum
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f/16
below average below average

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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Nikon AF-S
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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53 mm
above average above average
Diameter
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71 mm
Filter size
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58 mm
Weight
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187 g

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 AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens?

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helpful photo man (3:40 AM, August 11, 2017)
I would recommend the affordable Zeiss series lenses. The 50mm lenses generally have a higher quality
 
Avatar for ArtsyLensPhotography ArtsyLensPhotography (4:42 PM, March 18, 2016)
I need a lens that is perfect for portrait photography. This seems to be exactly what I need, only: will this lens be good at auto focusing on the subject and blurring the background? Please help! Thanks so much
 
Avatar for Frank Nazario Frank Nazario (9:55 AM, March 15, 2016)
This lens and the famous 85mm 1.8 would be perfect for environmental (50mm) and classic (85mm) portraiture, to the point that if you had to buy only one lens the 50mm can carry the weight of both while you save for the 85mm... put the D3000 in ISO 400 and you will not believe how good low light photography will be with this lens. :-)
 
Ruthie Soto (8:38 PM, October 22, 2015)
Hi there, I have a NIKON D5100 DSLR CAMERA W/18-55 VR LENS. I need a lens for photography to capture far and movements. I have the 18-55 VR lens that comes with camera but I wanted to upgrade lenses, which one do you suggest? - thanks
 
Avatar for Rejean E. Wilson Rejean E. Wilson (11:53 AM, August 23, 2015)
Hi I own a nikon d3200 and was wondering if this lens is good for wide angle group shots.
 
Avatar for Taylormadedonni Taylormadedonni (2:00 AM, May 24, 2015)
Is this compatible with the d5200? As well should I choose this over the 50mm 1.4 g?
 
Avatar for Kelvin Rozworski Kelvin Rozworski (0:02 PM, February 11, 2015)
Hi all,i have got a nickon d3100 and want to know if the AF-S 50mm f1/8'G' will be compatible as the nickon 50mm f1/8'D' didn't move off the apeture of 1/8,it was stuck and i don't want to do the same thing.Thanks in advance.
 
Avatar for Kelvin Rozworski Kelvin Rozworski (11:51 AM, February 11, 2015)
Hi all.I have gone to amazon to buy a prime lens and its much sharper than i imagined.The trouble is it wont move of the f1/8 and go to a higher number,it seems stuck.So i would like to know if the AF-S 50mm f1/8 will be able to go to a higher number(smaller apeture).I use a Nickon D3100.Thanks in advance.
 
Avatar for Vinson Cai Vinson Cai (8:42 PM, November 23, 2014)
You can either get this or save a bit and buy the 35mm f/1.8. I have the 35mm and it works fine. They both work similarly but if you want to save a bit, grab the 35mm instead.
 
Guest (6:07 PM, November 10, 2014)
Hi everyone! I am relatively new to DSLR photography and have a D3200 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I am looking to add my next lens and thinking about this AFS 50MM f/1.8G lens. I want to put money into some lenses and then upgrade my camera body in a few years, so I was wondering if a lens like this would be the best option and/or if it would be compatible with the more professional grade Nikons when I upgrade. Thank you so much!
 
Avatar for Thomas andthemachinexx Thomas andthemachinexx (11:33 AM, May 14, 2013)
Hi was wondering if this would be a good lens to buy as Im doing portraiture photography. I use a Nikon D3000 and i just wanted someones general opinion on this lens and whether or not it would be good to do portraiture with?
 
Avatar for Thomas andthemachinexx Thomas andthemachinexx (11:31 AM, May 14, 2013)
Hi was just wondering, as im looking for a new lens, but im trying to deal with portraits so I was wondering if this is a good lens to do portraiture with? I have a Nikon D3000
 
Levi215 (1:28 AM, May 13, 2013)
If it was me I would go for the f/1.8G, because it is lighter and it will support auto focus on your camera which is very useful when doing macro. It is also a very sharp lens with a nice bokeh, which will be good for macro photography shots also. I'm actually considering buying this lens my self :)
 
Subhash (4:32 AM, May 07, 2013)
Hi Lens hero

I own a Nikon D3100... I would like to shoot some portraits n macros...Can you please suggest which one is good?

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D or Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G . . .thanks in advance.
 
Avatar for Tony Garraty Tony Garraty (10:05 PM, February 26, 2013)
Hi there, like you using the same camera. With research, this lens "Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens" will be best suited for you, the D5000 requires a lens with a built in auto-focus motor, which the 50mm f1.8g has, unless you are happy to manual focus! Then there may be cheaper options available.
Regards
 
FireFliesStudio (11:40 PM, February 05, 2013)
Hey Lenshero!
I'm a new photographer, and I'm wondering what the best portrait lens would be to start out with. I'm shooting with a Nikon D5000. I would like a decent lens that won't break the bank.
Thanks.
 
ACPhotos (0:12 PM, September 06, 2012)
Hey, according to my photography editor, the 50mm would be a better fit for the job. The guy knows what he is talking about, he is a photographer for the Atlanta Braves and also is a photography editor at a newspaper.
 
Prashan049 (8:45 AM, August 16, 2012)
Hi Lenshero!

Is Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G better than Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX as portrait lens? 
Which creates better boken?
Consider the price $227 for 50mm and $200 for 35mm (which is almost the same), which one would be a better deal?