Nikon 50mm f1.8D Lens Review

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Introducing: Nikon 50mm f1.8D Lens Review.


Hello Photographers, Tom here from Cameras Direct with another Nikon Lens Review.

Today we’re going to have a look at Nikon’s Nifty 50. The Nikkor / Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8D Lens
To start, this 50mm is a “FX” lens from Nikon. FX means it is designed for full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras. That doesn’t mean you can’t put on a crop sensor, yes you can and it will give you basically 75mm f1.8 lens.

The main thing to remember with the D series lenses is that they do not have an auto-focus motor in the lens.

So that means you will need a Nikon DSLR body, that has the focus motor in the camera body and that would be the older Nikon’s like the D300s and so on and the newest series upmarket cameras like the D7000 series and your full frame cameras like the D600’s D750’s D800’s.

Just remember, if you do buy this for a 3000 or 5000 series Nikon it will not focus on those cameras. You can still focus it manually but it won’t focus using the auto-focus system, so please do remember that.

Look cheap lens, very sharp 1.8 maximum aperture, so very good for low-light photography. It’s as I say, because there’s no motor in the lens, it’s not a silent and quicker focus, as the G Series 50mm but it’s also cheaper than the G Series.

That’s why they call these “nifty fifties”. They are cheap to make and they give very sharp results particularly when you stop the lens down to f4, f5.6, you then get outstanding sharpness across the range. (Across the whole f-stop range). So a great lens.

50mm on a full frame is gonna give you a human rights perspective. That is good for just general photography. Or you might be photographing real estate where you wanted to give that that human perspective. Or you might just be photographing a group of people, things like that, where you want to open up the aperture and blur the background. Very handy there.

For you cropped sensor camera owners like the D7000 series, this is going to give you the lower end of that ideal portrait range. Again being f/1.8, you will get a lovely bokeh, that blurred background that you get when you open the aperture up.

So very versatile little lens. A lens that every Nikon user should have, if you want something cheap and very very sharp and useful in low-light.

Nikon 50mm f1.8D Lens.
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