Nikkor 50 f1.8 Review

Nikkor 50 f1.8 Review

“A must have for any collection”

nikon nikkor 50 f/1.8

I purchased this lens to supplement my kit 18-55 which I found wasn’t fast enough to capture indoor shots of my two little girls without flash. I have to say that EVERYONE should buy this lens. As one of the first additional lenses I purchased for my Nikon D40, I was absolutely stunned and blown away by the tack sharp images and speed of this tiny little gem. While it is manual focus only with the D40, everything else works just fine. It even tells you when the image is in focus via the green focus light found inside the viewfinder. Keep in mind that at 1.8 its easy for your main subject to slip out of focus. For portrait shots, 2.8 is usually plenty to get a fast shutter speed with plenty of bokeh. For those split between this and the 1.4, if the price difference wasn’t so big, I’d say go for it. But at 1.8 you’re getting an extremely fast and capable lens at a price that just cannot be beat. I’m filling up my hard drive every day with pics that I simply could not have captured with my kit lens. There are some shortcomings like the manual zoom, manual focus with the D40 and that it’s small plastic casing probably won’t survive a fall (my 70-300 VR is MASSIVE next to it) but it more than makes up for its shortcomings with the amazing shots it takes. I promise you, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other quality glass in this price range.

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Nikkor 50 f1.8 Review by Mikel N. Daniel (Fairchild AFB, WA)
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