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: 11/28/2013
MSRP Price: $279.95 (Check Current Price)
Made in: Japan
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 StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)31°30'
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)N/A
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format)47°
Minimum Angle of View (Full Frame format)N/A
Optical Information
Lens Elements7
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades7
Aspherical Elements1
Nano CoatingNo
Super Integrated / Super Spectra CoatingYes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave / Ultrasonic MotorYes
Internal FocusingNo
Rear FocusingNo
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
Tripod CollarNo
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

MTF Performance

Here is how the lens performed according to Imatest in our own lab environment:


Imatest measured some barrel distortion at -1.02, which is very easy to remove using Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW or other third party tools.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration levels are fairly low, especially when compared to some other 50mm lenses. Imatest measured CA at under 1 pixel on average, as shown below:


Vignetting is fairly strong wide open, reaching over 2 full stops in the extreme corners. As the lens is stopped down, vignetting is reduced considerably – by f/4, it is almost completely gone:

Here is the worst case scenario, shot at f/1.8:

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

Image Samples

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  • broxibear

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