Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2011-04-27

MSRP Price: $219.95

Made in: China

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (Bokeh)

Photography Life Review Summary: The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G sets new standards in 50mm fixed lens performance for Nikon mount - it is sharper than all of the predecessors, including the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G at largest apertures. I was very surprised to see such results in my lab tests; you can see all image comparisons yourself with 100% crops in the previous pages of this review that prove this. I can only guess that the performance is this good due to the added aspherical element in the lens, but I am sure other lens design factors also add their share. The only weakness I could find on the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is its distortion, but then the more expensive primes like Nikon 50mm f/1.4G and 50mm f/1.4D also have a moderate amount of visible distortion. I really enjoyed shooting with this lens in outdoor environments and it performed great even in challenging light. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length50mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX/35mm
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.15x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)31°30'
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)47°
Optical Information
Lens Elements7
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades7
Aspherical Elements1
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Minimum Focus Distance1.48 ft. (0.45m)
Focus Mode SwitchAuto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions(Approx.) 2.8x2.1 in. (Diameter x Length), 72.1x52.4mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 6.6 oz. (185g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied Accessories58mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LC-58 Rear Lens Cap, LF-4 Bayonet Hood HB-47, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1013

Lens Construction

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Lens Construction

MTF Chart

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G MTF

Image Samples

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (6) AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (5)

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (4) AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (3)

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (2) AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1-8G (1)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Weddings (15) Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Weddings (23)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Weddings (18) Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Weddings (10)

About Nasim Mansurov

Nasim Mansurov is the author and founder of Photography Life, based out of Denver, Colorado. He is recognized as one of the leading educators in the photography industry, conducting workshops, producing educational videos and frequently writing content for Photography Life. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook. Read more about Nasim here.


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