AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G lens review




Lens Specifications

Advantages

low light

bokeh

Portrait

Lens Flare

Disadvantages

long exposure

By: Smari S Smarason

 

 

The  Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.8G is one of the best Nikon’s 50mm prime lens in my opinion.

 I can easily take picture @ Maximum aperture f/1.8 and get sharp and contrast images.

This lens is well balanced for colours contrast and minimum flare.

The 50mm focal length has long been considered ‘normal’ on full-frame / FX camera

50mm becomes equivalent to the perception of the naked eye, on a cropped-sensor camera / DX-camera, the 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm on FX camera.

Two popular questions that I have been asked about this lens the Nikon 50mm 1.8G and Nikon 50mm 1.8D.

Question no 1. Can I use this lens on my camera?

The Nikon 50mm 1.8 G lens have Silent Wave Motor SWM / AF-S making it possible to use and auto-focus on entry-level Nikon DSLR like D3000 and D5000 models, basically on all Nikon cameras, even on many older Nikon 35mm film camera.

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The Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens does not have a built in auto-focus motor, that means that this lens can only use manual focus on entry-level cameras such as the D3000 and D5000, series, so if you have D3000 D3100 D3200 D3300 D3400 or D5000 D5100 D5200 D5300 D5500 D5600 you will not have auto-focus with D lenses in general.

Question no 2. Is 50mm focal length good for portrait photography?

50mm lens is fine for group shots, half-length and ¾-length poses on a FX camera.

I recommend 85mm to 135mm focal length for portraiture on both FX and DX camera.

With a lens of 85mm to 135mm, you can stay back far enough to avoid perspective distortion, so medium telephoto in the range of 85mm to 135mm is fine for head-and-shoulder and tight head shots.

It’s best to have variety of focal lengths.

 

 

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Nikon 50mm 1.8D vs 1.8G vs 1.4D vs 1.4G



Lens Specifications

Focal length 50mm f1.8G

Maximum aperture f/1.8

Minimum aperture f/16

Lens construction 7 elements in 6 groups with one aspherical lens element

Minimum focus distance 45 cm/1.48 ft

No. of diaphragm blades 7 rounded

Filter-attachment size 58mm

Weight Approximately 185 g/6.6 oz

The 1.8 G lens have Silent Wave Motor SWM / AF-S making it possible to use on entry-level Nikon DSLR like D3000 and D5000 models.

Nikon 50mm 1.8G
Nikon 50mm 1.8G

Advantages

Maximum aperture f/1.8

@f/1.8. you can capture images with shallow depth-of-field that lets you isolate subjects from the background.

Low Light Test

The first thing I wanted to check out when I bought my first 50mm lens was, how good is the lens in low light.

This 50mm 1.8G lens is one of the best of the Nikon 50mm lenses in low light in my opinion.

About the next images, first I tried to shoot @f/2.8 and 2.2  but then I needed to increase the ISO and the images did not look better, it was best to shoot @f/1.8 and lower ISO.

Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/1.8 - 1/125 sec ISO 3200 hand held and the auto focus is in the center of the image.
Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/1.8 – 1/125 sec ISO 3200 hand held and the focus is in the center of the image.
1.8G
CROP from the images above
1.8G
CROP from the images above

Bokeh

The 1.8G lens have almost circular bokeh effects on all apertures.

This images below is taken with Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/1.8 – 1/100 sec ISO 200

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This images below is taken Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/2.0 – 1/100 sec ISO 200

1.8 G

This images below is taken Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/2.8 – 1/100 sec ISO 200

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Portrait

This images below is taken on Nikon D810 / 50mm 1.8 G @ f/1.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 – wide open and sharp portrait.

This photo is edited in LR.

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Lens flare

Nikon 50mm 1.8G  lens is good when placing the subject between you and the sun.

You will get minimum lens flare when this lens is shoot (wide open) on Maximum aperture f/1.8 when placing the subject between you and the sun,

this is the best thing about this lens and is something that no one talks about when comparing this lens to other 50mm Nikon lenses.

In the comparison down below I have the 50mm 1.8G and 50mm 1.8D lens for lens flare comparison on maximum aperture.

This images below is taken with 1.8 D lens.

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This images below is taken with 1.8 G lens @ f/1.8.

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This images below is taken with 1.8 D lens @ f/2.8.

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This images below is taken with 1.8 G lens @ f/1.8

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Disadvantages

There is only one disadvantages I found different between the Nikon 1,8G and Nikon 1,8D lens in long exposure photography and that is the star burst light that appears on the street light, in my opinion the star burst looks better on the D lenses.

star burst

long exposure

This images below is taken with 1.8 G lens.

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Crop

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This images below is taken with Nikon 1.8D lens.

Crop

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So if you like long exposure photography than the Nikon 50mm 1,8D lens is a better choice for you in my opinion.

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