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 (Check Current Price)
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 Type Prime Lens
Focal Length 50mm
Mount Type Nikon F
Format Full Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s) FX/35mm
Compatible with Teleconverters No
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.15x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization) No
Aperture Information
Aperture Ring No
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format) 31°30'
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format) 47°
Optical Information
Lens Elements 7
Lens Groups 6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Aspherical Elements 1
Nano Crystal Coat No
Super Integrated Coat (SIC) Yes
Focus Information
Focus Autofocus
Built-in Focus Motor Yes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48 ft. (0.45m)
Focus Mode Switch Auto, Manual, Auto/Manual
G-type Yes
Distance Information Yes
Filter Information
Filter Size 58mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust Sealing No
Mount Material Metal
Tripod Collar No
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 Colors Black
Supplied Accessories 58mm 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

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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)

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


  1. 1) broxibear
    November 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

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