Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D is a classic standard lens designed for FX (full frame, 135 format) cameras. The focal length is a standard field of view that is useful for so many types of photography, a large enough aperture to shoot in low light, and with a price so low who shouldn’t buy this lens?

Build and Handling

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens is inexpensive, but still well enough built. It has a metal mount with plastic outer barrel. It isn’t great, but does the job adequately.

The lens uses screw drive focus, so it won’t be usable on camera bodies that only support AF-S. The focus ring isn’t great, having a distinct auto-focus feel with the scale marked on the outside as typical with cheaper lenses.

The aperture has 7 blades, but unfortunately they are straight when stopped down so out of focus specular highlights appear as polygons. Being a D lens it retains the aperture ring.

The lens is a 6 element, 5 group design, with a minimum focus distance of 0.45m (1.5 ft). The filter threads are 52mm and the lens is fairly light at 155g (5.5 oz).

So how does this lens perform on a full frame camera? Read the next page to find out.

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