Review: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

1/125 @ f1.8 @ 200 ISO


Model: Polly Glamorous. Location: Wine Down Bistro in Kemah, Texas. Outfit provided by The Haunted Heel.


This is a short review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. The photos were taken at the Wine Down Bistro, located in the lighthouse district of Kemah, Texas. The model was Polly Glamorous. 

This lens is the successor to the "nifty-fifty" 50mm 1.8D lens. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G has a silent wave motor (SWM) which allows the camera to auto-focus on any Nikon DSLR's. The auto-focus is quiet and faster than the 35mm f/1.8G. The lens has a solid build, with a plastic exterior and a metal mount. There is a rear gasket to keep out moisture and dust. M/A Focus mode switch for changes between manual and autofocus operation. The manual override on autofocus mode (M/A mode), allows you to change the focus without having to change the mode to manual mode. Focusing distance on this lens is 1.5 feet.

The optical formula is 7 elements in 6 lens groups. One of the elements is aspherical. The filer size is 58mm. The lens comes with a 58mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap, bayonet hood HB-47, and a flexible lens pouch, and a 5 year warranty. The lens is light at 6.6 ounces, and the lens measures 2.1 by 2.8 inches. The f1.8G is bigger then the f1.8D. There is no vibration reduction (VR) on this lens or aperture ring.

It's large aperture of f/1.8 is great for low light photography. The 50mm focal length is "normal" on a full-frame FX format body equivalent to the naked eye. On a cropped-frame DX-format body the 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm. The standard portrait focal length is around 85mm. This is a fixed lens and not a zoom lens, so you will need to use your feet to adjust/compose.

The smooth and creamy bokeh is great and beats out the 1.8D. Bokeh is defined as "the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider." This lens is sharp wide open, especially in the center. For tact sharpness, stop down to f5.6. 


 1/125 @ f2 @ 200 ISO

125 @ f2.8 @ 200 ISO

Final word: If you want a sharp, fast-focusing lens with pleasing bokeh at an affordable cost ($220), pick up this lens. The Nikon 50mm f1.8G is $200 cheaper then the f/1.4G. Even if it's not their primary lens, most photographers have a 50mm in their gear bag.

~ Danny Stygion

editor (@) sinicalmagazine (.) com.


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