I've personally owned and used this lens for just about everything. When I jumped to FX back in 2011 this was the only piece of kit that was compatible in my bag, having picked it up for a song to use as an effective 75mm f/1.8. 90% of the time, it's on my D700 all the time. That being said, I do have mixed feelings about this lens. It does the job, but to be honest, I have used better glass. Let's get the bad news out of the way. If you are a measurebater/pixel peeper/resolution hound you are going to be sorely disappointed with this lens's performance wide open. At 1.8, you are going to see a lot of softness throughout the frame which gets better by F/2.8 and will probably satisfy the needs of sharpness Nazi’s by F/4. Wide open there is A TON of flaring and flying purple blobs of ghosting when you point this sucker towards the sun. Again this improves as you stop down. A Zeiss lens this is not. Don't go dropping this lens any time soon other wise your "plastic fantastic" will be about as useful as the garbage bag with which you throw it away. Your AF speed will vary depending on the strength of your camera's screw drive motor. On my D700, this is not a problem but for lower end models don't be surprised if it doesn't hit the ground running. In fact, you might want to make it a point to remember that for all Nikon D lenses. I had a buddy who absolutely hated using his 85mm 1.8D on his D7000 until he put it on a D700. It just became a totally different animal. It is most certainly NOT weather sealed. Now if you're still reading this review here's the good news. This lens is cheap as chips. Even Rokibowyang can't fab their plastic this low. Ballpark estimates run from $60 on Crazylist to $125 from the more reputable dealers who won't knife you in the kidneys in a back alley. That's what I call customer service! It retains the aperture ring which will be delightful for all those DSLR video shooters who love doing iris pulls or whatnot but can't control the aperture from the body. It has no electronics that I know of other than the electronic contacts which may sound weird for a positive but I have a really good reason to love it. I'm terrible with my gear. Sometimes I swear I hear it muttering sailor talk every time I take it out on a job. I'm not really the type to baby my stuff so I take it everywhere on God's green earth and the nastiest conditions and don't sweat it when it gets a scuffed up a little. The only people who should care about condition are collectors, not photographers. So anyway, one thing led to another and I ended up submerging this bad boy in a dirty creek for the better part of 10 minutes without realizing it. I dried it off for a day or two and it still works! I'd love to see one of the G lenses do that and not get turned into a paper weight. It's a fast 50mm. It transmits light to the sensor. It works. You could do better but then again, it you could do worse. Definitely a budget option so if you can spring for the 50mm 1.8 G I've heard it's a wonderful buy for about $100 extra. For me though, I'll pocket the change and not sweat the small stuff. Cheers!
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF
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Note: Auto-focus is not supported by D3000, D3100, D5000, D5100, D40 and D60 cameras.
Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, and UV filter.