Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1 review: 1.8D, 'D'-version, MKIII

After thousands of shots taken on a whale lens, and after viewing millions of pictures on the Internet shot with high-aperture optics, sometimes I just want to try something new and aperture. After the 'boring' full-time lens that usually comes with the camera, the tiny Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) will be a great addition.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

Please note that I call this lens MKIII, as this is the third version of the Nikon Nikkor AF 50mm F1.8 class lens. On the network, it is usually called simply - Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF, any representation of letters is allowed :).

All Nikon 50 / 1.8 Autofocus Lenses

For 2018, Nikon has 5 autofocus lenses of class 50 / 1.8 (but only with two fundamentally different optical schemes):

  1. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (first version, MKI) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1990. It is easy to distinguish by a window with a focusing distance and a narrow plastic focus ring. There are two subversions that are no different:
    • MKI first subversion. Weighing 210 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From September 1986 to March 1987. Serial numbers start at 2
    • MKI second version. Weighing 165 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the absence of a screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From 1987 to 1990. Serial numbers start at 3.
  2. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (second version, MKII, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was produced in Japan and China. The MK II version was produced from 1990 to 2001. There are three subversions that are no different:
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 2002 to this day. All lenses are made in China.
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as '1.8 G'-version or '1.8 AF-S' version) - the lens has been produced since 2011, all lenses are made in China.
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Special Edition (fifth version, MKVbetter known as version 'Special Edition' or 'SE' or version for the camera with a retro design of the case Nikon Df) - the lens has been available since the fall of 2013. All lenses are made in China.

Separately, there is a lens for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.8 Ssince summer 2018

Details on the lineup of fifty dollars from Nikon can be found in my article 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'. For Nikon cameras there is still an inexpensive similar lens Yongnuo 50mm 1: 1.8 (copy Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G), as well as an advanced version with an image stabilizer Tamron SP 45mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD F013. On the topic, I advise you to look at the article 'About fifty dollars for Nikon and Canon'.

If you want to feel what aperture maneuver for real - Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor will help you with this very quickly. In this review, I will try to touch on the features of using Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor in real conditions.

As the saying goes, the wizard conjures with a magic wand, and the sorceress with a magic hole - it is the “hole” (the relative aperture of the lens) that attracts the most in this lens, the maximum value of which is 1: 1.8. A lens with such a focal length and such aperture says that when focusing on short distances it will be easy to get 'bokeh effect'and blur the foreground and foreground.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII)

Main technical characteristics of Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor:

Review Instance Name Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor 2860907
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - the lens is designed for Nikon FX full-format cameras
  • AF (Auto Focus) - support for auto focus through the camera motor
  • D (Distance) - transmission of the focusing distance to the camera
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - the presence of the aperture control ring
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated optical enlightenment
  • light weight and small size
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Body materials Focusing ring plastic, rubberized on the outside. The outer case is made of plastic. Metal mount. The diaphragm control ring is plastic.
Focal length 50 mm; EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 75 mm; EGF for Nikon CX cameras is 135 mm
Diagonal viewing angles 46 ° for FX cameras, 31 ° for DX cameras
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens without the ability to change the focal length)
Designed by for film and digital cameras Nikon FX / Nikon DX. When the lens exited the Nikon digital cameras, only the cropped Nikon D1s were present, D1h, D1x и D100.
Number of aperture blades 7 non-rounded petals
Labels marking on the focus ring with the focusing distance in meters and feet, depth of field scale for F / 22 and F / 11. Label for working in the infrared spectrum (white dot near the depth of field scale). Ring with aperture values, there are marks for F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22.
Diaphragm from f / 1.8 to f / 22. The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type)
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.45 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 6.6
The weight 155 g
Optical design 6 elements in 5 groups. The lens does not use special optical elements.Optical design Nikon 50mm f / 1.8 D The image with the optical circuit is clickable. Lens version MKI и MKII use the same optical design.
Lens hood Rubber hood Nikon HR-2. The lens hood is not included in the scope of delivery; the lens hood is screwed into the thread under the filters.
Transportation Using the CL-S1 or CL-0715 soft case or using the CL-30S case. A case or case is not supplied and must be purchased separately. During transport, use standard rear (e.g. LF-1 or LF-4) and front (e.g. LC-52) covers. Usually sold with a white plastic translucent back cover. and black front. The lens is sold in a classic Nikon golden box (there are several modifications of the box design).
Period from February 2002 to the present
Manufacturer country Made in China (all MKIII lenses are made in China)
Instructions See
3D view See
Price

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) - very light lens. In its class, it has the smallest weight. Due to its very small size and light weight, you can always take it with you. And finding a filter under 52 mm is as easy as shelling pears. I really love hikes, and every extra 100 grams of weight is a serious test, therefore, instead of some kind of heavy zoom lens, I often use Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor smallest Nikon autofocus lens I've ever seen. There is a joke that it is in the pocket of every photographer. No joke, but I often keep the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor in my case, it takes up little space and I'm not sorry to lose it.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor - one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) fast fixed lens from Nikon. It is hard to find something cheaper. The lens will allow you to get the necessary experience for a little money when working with high-aperture optics, including fixed lenses. I almost always recommend the Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF as the first optional lens.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII), microprocessor contacts, rear view

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII), microprocessor contacts, rear view

Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF can open aperture up to F / 1.8. For example, a relative aperture of 1: 1.8 is approximately in 10 times morethan 1: 5.6. For example, class lenses 18-55/3.5-5.6 with the same focal length have 1: 5.6. A value of F / 1.8 allows you to shoot at low ISO in low light conditions, use short excerpts when shooting handheld, and will also allow better control GRIP.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) and Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 1: 1.4 f = 58mm

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) and Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 1: 1.4 f = 58mm

Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF is very affordable lens, it is easy to find in any store in any city. A huge number of copies of this model have been released. Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF lenses available with 2002 to this day.

It's a pity, but all Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) lenses are made in China. And here are his predecessors Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MK I) и Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MK II) produced in Japan.

The lens has fast auto focus system - on my camera, the lens focuses from 45 cm to infinity and back in one second. The most interesting thing is that his motorized brother Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical has exactly the same focus speed. I tested both lenses together. In addition, the Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF focuses even faster than the flagship half a rubleNikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G.

Attention: the fact that the little Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF does not have a built-in focusing motor has nothing to do with focusing speed.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) while focusing at the minimum focusing distance (trunk extended as far as possible)

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) while focusing at the minimum focusing distance (trunk extended as far as possible)

Attention: the lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to the F / 22 value (the value is colored in orange) and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the diaphragm with this ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks, the values ​​F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 are plotted on it, it is impossible to establish an intermediate value between pairs of numbers. This ring is useful, for example, for reverse macro shot.

Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF has focus distance scale. The scale is available in meters and feet, it is very nice and useful. For example, you don’t need to think in which direction the focus ring is rotated, just look at the lens for this. For example, a whale lens Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor It has neither a focus distance scale, nor a depth of field scale, nor an aperture control ring.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) with front and rear cover

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) with front and rear cover

Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF has the ability to work on full frame the camera and is a Nikon FX type lens. On the Nikon DX cameras its EGF will be 75 mm. In more detail about FR and EGF in the section about 'crop factor'.

Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF has bayonet mount metal back. This is very good news, as many people think that the Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF is very lightweight and made entirely of plastic.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF on Sony a7 camera

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF on camera Sony a7. The aperture control ring allows you to use the lens on any camera through the appropriate adapter.

When focusing front lens does not rotate. This allows you to easily use different filters and not worry about their shifts when focusing. The focus ring is rubberized and rotates 120 degrees, but in order to slightly shift the focus ring, you need to 'tear it off'. At the same time, smooth focusing is lost, since after such a “jerk” the ring flies over the desired value. The effort is not so great, but when working in macro mode, where, due to the very small depth of field, each degree of rotation plays a huge role, this “slightly twitchy” method of focusing greatly inflates the nerves during manual focusing. There is a similar effect on many other lenses, most pronounced on the 'dark' Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor users who always shoot with autofocus will most likely never notice the effect described above. Also, it is worth noting that the previous version of this lens, namely Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKII, MIJ version)had no such problem.

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor Lens Tags

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor Lens Tags

Lens disadvantages:

      1. When using a Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF lens on open apertures it is very difficult to achieve a sharp image. True, I noticed such a feature that sharpness disappears at apertures from F / 1.8 to F / 2.8. When using the F / 2.8-F / 8.0 aperture, the lens becomes very sharp.
      2. Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF pretty makes a lot of noise during auto focus. When you miss the focus, the lens buzzes intrusively, and the camera motor scares small insects and nervous people, revealing the photographer in a quiet environment. The noise of autofocus is very negative when shooting a video.
      3. Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF does not have a built-in focus motor. As already mentioned at the beginning of the article, it can be used with auto focus only on cameras that have a focus motor.
      4. Complete with Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF there is no hood. The lens hood is screwed into the thread for the filter.
      5. When focusing, the entire lens block moves, while 'lens trunk' drives forward.
      6. On the lens no focus mode switch, the transition to manual focus and back is carried out by means of a switch on the camera, which is located near the camera mount.
      7. The lens has only 7 non-rounded aperture blades that create 'nuts' in the blur zone.
      8. Nikon 50mm F / 1.8D AF is assembled well, but over time a small backlash of the focus ring appears. If you shake the lens slightly, you can hear how the focus ring taps. This is not a problem, just a small specific flaw.
Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor lens

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor lens

With all the pros and cons Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor - an indispensable lens in all situations. For me personally, it is inconvenient in that the auto focus on my camera does not work Nikon D40which I often use. On the open aperture, the sharpness zone is very small and it’s very difficult to manually enter it.

Nikon aperture blades 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor

Nikon aperture blades 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor

All photos in the gallery below are shot on a Nikkor 50mm 1.8D AF and full-frame camera. Nikon D700 FX, photo without processing, only the size is reduced to 3MP and data from EXIF.

The gallery below shows photos from Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor NJ (NIKON JAPAN, MKII) without treatment:

Jpeg source photos download from this link (1.09 Gb). The archive is 453 photosfilmed in 6 months on Nikon D70. Oddly enough, but I enjoy working with this old and very cheap Nikon D70 both old and very cheap Nikon 50 / 1.8. The camera cost me 50 cu, the lens - 90 cu On a 6 MP CCD sensor, even on F / 1.8, acceptable sharpness is obtained. I did not spare the shutter and took off as much as the soul desired. Photos from this collection are used by me in an article about choosing a Nikon DSLR. Examples of photos with processing can be found in my gallery here. You can see more examples of photos on Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) in the review Nikon D300 и Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro и S1 Pro.

And also this link You can see my gallery of pictures obtained with the help of an old man Nikon D100 (Nikon's first digital SLR camera in a classic case) paired Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKII, MADE IN CHINA).

Video review

Short video review Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor NJ (NIKON JAPAN, MKII) you can see on my channel here.

Fifties Recommendations for Nikon Cameras

A list of all-all Nikon Nikkor autofocus fifty dollars, as well as my recommendations on choosing the best option for certain tasks can be found in the 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'.

My experience

I really love the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor. This is my first autofocus fast aperture lens, which I used in a wide range of photo tasks and spent a huge number of shoots with it.

As a result, Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor is:

  1. The easiest original full frame fixed focus lens with auto focus
  2. The cheapest Original fast prime lens with auto focus
  3. Most affordable Original fast prime lens with fixed focal length and auto focus in the secondary market. Countless instances of it have been released.
  4. The most compact original fixed focus lens with auto focus
  5. One of the fastest original autofocus lenses for FX and DX cameras (brighter only ten lenses with f / 1.4Unfortunately Nikon does not release aperture optics for FX cameras with support for autofocus)
  6. One of the best price / quality lenses

A huge number of lenses from Nikon (hundreds of models) passed through my hands. In my personal opinion, the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor is one of the best lenses of all time from Nikon.

Lens prices

Real prices for the lens in popular online stores can see here, or in the price block below:

Also, this lens can be found on:

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Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor on Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro Camera

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor on camera Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Results:

Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) - a great lens for the money. Due to its compactness and lightness, the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (MKIII) can always be taken with you. It can give a very sharp picture with a bit rough bokeh. On DX cameras can be used as a conditional portrait lens. The only serious drawback of the lens is the insufficiently sharp image at apertures from F / 1.8 to F / 2.8.

UPDATE: in 2016, a Chinese lens appeared, based on the Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor optical circuit (optically no worse) and with an integrated focus motor. See YONGNUO 50mm 1: 1.8 review (YN50mm F1.8N).

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Comments: 699, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D, 'D'-version, MKIII

  • Dmitry Volgograd

    Good day. I’m thinking about acquiring some fifty dollars. There are three Nikonas: d3300, d70 (old man, but with a screwdriver) and film Nikon F65 (also with a screwdriver, right?). Is there a lens that will work fine on all three - most importantly, will autofocus work? Or is it easier to buy two inexpensive “fifty dollars” - for example youngnuo and nikon af 50 1.8 D for different cameras?

    • Michael

      Judging by the instructions for the F-65, it works with AF-S optics. So you can take the AF-S 50 G on all three cameras

    • Arkady Shapoval

      F65 works great with AF-S optics, which is suitable for both the d3300 and d70, so the best choice is the Nikon 50 / 1.8G AF-S

  • Dmitry Volgograd

    Thank you so much for the answer. And tell me, a copy of the Nikon 50 / 1.8G AF-S - Youngnuo 50mm 1.8 is much worse? Is there somewhere info about comparing them?

    • Michael

      In terms of glitches - much

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, the Yong 50 / 1.8 is worse than the native 50 / 1.8G and approximately optically at the level of the old 50 / 1.8D. In the review of Yong 50 / 1.8 I described key differences between lenses.

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