Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens Review

In the world of camera and lenses much anticipated Nikon 50mm f/1.8G prime lens was introduced in April 2011. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G a consumer-grade lens which gives quality optics of a fixed portraits lens at very economical and affordable price. This lens gives you very good results in low light. f/1.8G shallow depth of field capture isolate subjects from the background,
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G replaced Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens which were in the market since 2002.The new 50mm f/1.8G has a modified optical design with 7 optical elements in 6 groups where as AF-D version has 6 optical elements in 5 groups.reduces coma and chromatic aberrations). Nikkon f/1.8G with 50mm lens comes with an aspherical element (reduces coma and chromatic aberrations) which was missing in Nikon 50mm f/1.4G more expensive.

Nikon 50mm f1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens Review

Price –

$216.99 Approx  Get Latest Price!

Key features

  • Nikkon 50mm lens more durable easy to use circular filters and filter holders
  • Nikkon 50 mm FX-format standard lens (75mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR).
  • Provides fast maximum aperture of f/1.8.
  • Perfectly ideal for low-light situations or portraits with smooth capturing of isolate subjects from the backgrounds.
  • Having 50 mm aspherical lens element enhances image quality for superior results.
  • Having SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus.
  • It has 2 Focus modes: M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus).
  • Very lightweight and compact body.
  • Having weather-sealed metal lens mount.
  • Giving you value for money.

General specifications:

Supplied Accessories: 58mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-58, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-47, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1013​

 Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet  Focal Length: 50mm
 Maximum Aperture: f/1.8  Minimum Aperture: f/16
 Format: FX/35mm  Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 31°30′
 Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 47°  Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.15x
 Lens Elements: 7  Lens Groups: 6
 Compatible Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode  Diaphragm Blades: 7
 Distance Information: Yes  Aspherical Elements: 1
 Super Integrated Coating: Yes  Autofocus: Yes
 AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes  Minimum Focus Distance: 1.48ft.(0.45m)
 Focus Mode: Auto, Manual, Manual/Auto  G-type: Yes
 Filter Size: 58mm  Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
 Dimensions: (Approx.) 2.8×2.1 in. (Diameter x Length),

72.1×52.4mm (Diameter x Length)

 Weight: (Approx.) 6.6 oz. (185g)
  Supplied Accessories: 58mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-58, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-47, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1013

Nikon 50mm f1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens MTF Curve

Nikon 50mm f1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens MTF Curve


Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S G is compatible with Nikkon’s other cheapest DSLR’s like the D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000and D5100.
It is the best 50mm lens one can get, next to the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S. No other Nikon 50mm lens will provide such auto focus on these cameras.
Nikkon 50 mm “G” lens is tougher mechanical designed lens which provides much better ergonomics.It grabs the manual focus ring at any time for instant manual focus.
Nikkon 50 mm “G“lens is not compatible with AF cameras older than about 1990 and on manual-focus 35mm cameras, One should use Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D instead.
50mm f/1.8 G lens is super-duper sharp. But has certain limitations that it is not compatible with FX and 35mm. If this is important to you, use the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D
If one prefers Professional exposure Mode (P) in low light to shoot at f/1.8 instead of f/1.4 it get dark. If you already own the 50/1.4 G, which gives same optical performance and size. As always,Nikon introduced the twice as expensive f/1.4 three years before this f/1.8 so that folks like me would buy the more expensive version instead; but today, get the f/1.8 for digital. Save the super-hot f/1.4 for 35 mm shooting.