there isn't a whole lot for me to say about this lens that hasn't
been said. I guess I'll say some of it again. 50mm is one of the most
common and oldest focal lengths around. It's also one of the simplest
to make. . What does this mean for you? 50mm lenses are cheap,
fast, and light. This $120 lens is sharp when slightly stopped down.
Because of this it's most users first prime lens.
Wide open this small lens loses considerable contrast, but can still
produce a printable image. It uses Nikon's classic 52mm filter size,
which is nice if used with other older lenses. The front lens element
is recessed, making a lens hood not really necessary. Background blur
is not particularly pleasant, which is a shame as otherwise this would
be a nice portrait lens for DX cameras.
is fast, but driven by the camera
body. It won't focus on Nikon's budget SLR s like the D3100, D3000,
D60, D40X or D40.
Still compatible with old Nikon SLR s.
On a DX (APS-C sensor) these can make great portrait lenses.
A short focus throw makes it dismal for manual focus applications.
ran in Canoe and Kayak a few
years ago, a thunderstorm was coming in and made things exceptionally
Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 @ 1/500 f/1.8 ISO 250
You can see the sharpness fade from the front of the kayak to the rear.
Stopped down: Jonas Grunwald.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D @ 1/1000 f/6.3 ISO 200