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

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G SE

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2013-11-05

MSRP Price: $279.95

Made in: China

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Along with the highly anticipated Nikon Df camera, Nikon has also introduced the restyled Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens. Basically, the lens is identical to the regular Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens. The only difference is the design. Other than that, 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: Since the lens is identical to the regular AF-S 50mm f/1.8G, the same review summary applies. 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 SE Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G SE 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)


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Is this lens definitely made in Japan ?…the other 50mm f/1.8 which is optically identical is made in China.