Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Lens.
The “Nifty Fifty” is the best deal in optics for photographic application around. This all plastic gem enables you to shoot in near darkness; plus, it is extremely sharp, has very usable out-of-focus, for a 50mm, and features quick AF for a non-AFS lens. Without a doubt, this lens, at just a bit more than $100 a piece, should be in every Nikon photographer’s camera bag. Personally, I use it most when I am working a crowd. It’s size, and positivities outlined above, affords me with the ability to move around virtually undetected. And the focal length is pretty much perfect (if you are shooting groups, or want more of the venue in the shot, you will obviously need to go wider).
This little lens also rides around with me a lot when I am out snapping pictures while walking. Having the constant focal length is quite beneficial because it encourages me to focus even more so on composition.
So, if you’ve been wondering if the 50mm 1.8D is any good, the answer is a resounding “yes”. If you’ve only ever had kit lenses, this should be your first step up (in quality, but amazingly not price).
All pics Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G.
More shots and stats after the jump–>
Full Name: Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor
Max/Min. Aperture: 1.8/22
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Lens Configuration: 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Filter Size: 52mm
Magnification Ratio: 1:6.6
Focuses Beyond: 18″
Aperture Ring or no? Which is better? For me, I like having the ability to switch the aperture on the lens; plus, since I still use older film bodies, those types of lenses are best compatible. However, if I were shooting one Nikon less expensive digital bodies (D40/60/3000/5000) it would probably be worth it to me to buy a G lens over the D ones, for no other reason than AF. It is a complex decision though, and can involve whether or not you want to remain on crop-sensors, whether or not you plan on using older film bodies, and how much money you have at your disposal.