Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens review

The humble 50mm Nikon was the first lens It was the first lens I bought after the kit lens. It’s been with me for a couple of months now and it works really brilliant. Its a great lens for the price it comes at. It gives a lovely bokeh effect and is amazing in low light shots. Most of my favorite shots are with my 50mm. The only negative I found was that I should have got a 35mm instead since I run on a DX camera and 50mm field of view is sometimes too tight for me and I need to move back quite a bit. Sometimes that “moving back” space isn’t there and I am not able to get the exact composition I wanted.

I have developed a love/hate relationship with this lens. I am mostly shooting landscape and architecture. It takes such sharp pictures but really lets me down while compositing tight ones specially architecture. Because its not a zoom, It has also helped me immensely to plan a shot. Zooming in/out and its not a good idea while learning photography as a beginner. It is important to understand how the focal lengths compress of expand perspective. I use it also to challenge myself to NOT have the ability to zoom and get different focal length. Less options help me learn better. I always know where my exposure should be and don’t have to be calculating all the time.

Its a fantastic lens and here’s why …

  1. It’s pretty Cheap.
  2. The focusing is very fast and very silent 
  3. Manual focus override is available on autofocus mode, so I don’t have to go into Camera Manual mode.
  4. Very fast lens.
  5. Amazingly sharp pictures. I also have a 10-24mm, but whenever I compare shots the 50mm is so much sharper
  6. Good for portraits. 
  7. Love the Bokeh.
  8. Good in low light. I was able to enhance the light for quite a few portrait shots in fairly dying light conditions.

Some Cons..

  1. Its a prime lens so I need to move my feet a lot to adjust/compose. Quite a few times I get stranded when adequate space is not available to get the proper composition.
  2. On a non-full frame camera like my D7100, it actually becomes a 75mm equivalent, so the shots are even tighter.

Overall this lens is very versatile that I think everyone should own this lens in addition to the other lenses they already have. I shoot landscapes mostly, so I am generally moving around with the 10-24 lens attached, but whenever I need to shoot a portrait or there is ample space to compose a landscape with the 50mm, I promptly change over to that. The sharpness is amazing. Being a very fast lens, it also allows me to take shots in low light that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be do.

Below are a few of my shots taken with the Nikon 50mm

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