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

 

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

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

This lens is well balanced for colors 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.

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G on Amazon

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

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

The Nikon 50mm 1.8 Glens 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 much older Nikon 35mm film camera.

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

50mm lens is fine for group shots, half-length and ¾-length pose on an 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 headshots.

It’s best to have a 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 has 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 handheld and the focus is in the center of the image.
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CROP from the images above
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CROP from the images above

Bokeh.

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

This images below are taken with Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/1.8 – 1/100 sec ISO 200
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This images below are taken Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/2.0 – 1/100 sec ISO 200
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This images below are taken Nikon D810 50mm 1.8 G @ f/2.8 – 1/100 sec ISO 200
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Portrait

This images below are 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 are taken with 1.8 D lens.
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This images below are taken with 1.8 G lens @ f/1.8.
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This images below are taken with 1.8 D lens @ f/2.8.
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This images below are taken with 1.8 G lens @ f/1.8
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Disadvantages.

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

star burst

long exposure.

This images below are taken with 1.8 G lens.

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This images below are taken with Nikon 1.8D lens.

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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.