Best 50mm lens for your camera: Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
This lens doesn’t feel like a poor relation to its f/1.4 counterpart. Design values include ring-type ultrasonic autofocus, a weather-seal on its metal mounting plate and a focus distance scale positioned beneath a viewing window.
In all these respects, it’s like a similarly sized but lighter version of the Nikon f/1.4 lens. Autofocus is quick and near-silent, and the fact that the focus ring is equally large, smooth and precise is good news. It also offers full-time manual override in single autofocus mode.
Dig a little deeper and there are some notable differences between the two Nikon lenses. The f/1.8 optic has one fewer element in its construction, and only has seven diaphragm blades compared with the nine blades of the Nikon f/1.4.
Even so, that’s two more blades than the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, producing a more rounded aperture. Then again, the Nikon f/1.8 is nearly twice the price of the Canon f/1.8 lens.
Included accessories consist of a lens hood and carrying pouch. As with the Nikon f/1.4 lens, the front element stretches closer towards the front of the lens barrel at short focus distances but, this time, it’s still quite deeply recessed even at the minimum focus distance.
The lens hood is therefore often unnecessary.
The Nikon gives very good performance at the price, with impressive handling and all-round image quality. It’s a much more refined option than the competing Canon lens, and excellent value for money if you don’t need the extra two-thirds of a stop delivered by an f/1.4 lens.
Build quality: 4/5
Image quality: 3/5
PAGE 1 – What is a 50mm lens good for?
PAGE 2 – Features to look for in a Nifty Fifty lens
PAGE 3 – Best 50mm lens: 01 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
PAGE 4 – Best 50mm lens: 02 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
PAGE 5 – Best 50mm lens: 03 Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
PAGE 6 – Best 50mm lens: 04 Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
PAGE 7 – Best 50mm lens: 05 Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8
PAGE 8 – Best 50mm lens: 06 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
PAGE 9 – Best 50mm lens: 07 Sony 50mm f/1.4 A
PAGE 10 – Best 50mm lens: 08 Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM
PAGE 11 – Image quality comparison
PAGE 12 – Best 50mm lens: Verdict
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