Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G review

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G nifty fifty is equally appealing for DX and FX format DSLRs

Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Fairly small, lightweight and inexpensive, this Nikon lens combines a classic 50mm focal length with a fast f/1.8 aperture. It gives a standard viewing angle on Nikon FX (full-frame) cameras and works equally well as a short telephoto on DX (APS-C) format bodies, where it’s ideal for portraiture and still life photography. Despite the budget price tag, it features a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system and delivers good image quality and all-round performance.


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    Ring-type ultrasonic AF

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    Weather-sealed mount

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    Affordable price tag


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    Lacklustre edge sharpness at f/1.8

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    Poorly rounded aperture

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Despite being an own-brand NIKKOR lens, the perennially popular Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G is reasonably inexpensive to buy. Even so, it has a good quality build and certainly isn’t short on features. It’s FX compatible and works equally well as a ‘75mm’ short telephoto on DX cameras. 


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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