Review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

The full name of the lens written on its body is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical, but it is commonly called Nikon 50 / 1.8G.

Review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical with hood HB-47

Nikon 50 / 1.8G - it's fast fifty-degree autofocus lens from Nikon. 'Poltina' or 'fifty-kopeck' is the common name for a lens with a focal length of 50 mm. This focal length is very popular. On old cameras, XNUMX rubles were often installed as a standard lens, but nowadays, XNUMX rubles are attractive for a low price and excellent image quality.

The Nikon 50 / 1.8G lens is an upgrade to the legendary Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor from film cameras. The upgrade touched on the aperture control method, the optical circuit and the built-in focus motor. The new model is heavier and larger in size.

All Nikon 50 / 1.8 Autofocus Lenses

  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.
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.8 S, from summer 2018, lens for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount... Diagram of 12 elements in 9 groups, 2 ED, 2 ASP.

Details on the lineup of fifty dollars from Nikon can be found in my article 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'.

Main technical characteristics of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

Review Instance Name Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical 2153108
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 58 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 50 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 75 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for full-frame digital cameras
Number of aperture blades 7 pieces
Tags focusing distance in meters and feet, depth of field for F / 16, mark of bayonet mount and hood mount
Diaphragm F / 1.8 to F / 16, without aperture ring.
MDF 0.45 m, maximal magnification factor 1: 6.7
The weight 185 g
Optical design 7 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical element (in the optical diagram, the aspherical element is shown in blue). This is Nikon's first fifty kopeck piece to use aspherical elements in its design. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Special Edition has exactly the same optical design. The image is clickable.


Lens hood Nikon HB-47
Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA
Period From April 2011 ->
Instructions See

Nikon since available Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor, has not updated its set of fifty dollars for a long time. Before the Nikon 50 / 1.8G was released, there was only a choice between expensive f / 1.4 models and between the old non-motorized Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor... With the release of the new, relatively cheap Nikon 50 / 1.8G, users non-powered cameras got the opportunity to use aperture poltina without special investment.

Rear view of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

Rear view of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

Most importantly, what you need to know about the Nikon 50 / 1.8G:

1. The lens is also suitable for FX and DX cameras. That is, the lens can be used at full frame, for example, on full-frame FX cameras Nikon D600, D3s, D800, D750 etc., and on cropped cameras, for example, on Nikon D3300, D90, D5200 etc.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Lens with Two Lids

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Lens with Two Lids

2. The lens has focus motor Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which means the lens can be used for everyone Nikon digital SLR cameras. The lens will automatically focus even on entry-level non-powered cameras: D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Lens Information Labels

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Lens Information Labels

3. The lens is marked “G”. This means the Nikon 50 / 1.8G has no aperture ring. The diaphragm is controlled only by the camera. This will prevent the lens from being used on older film cameras, or for example for macro with reversible adapter... This is not a disadvantage, but a tribute to the times. Almost all lenses now come without an aperture ring. You can read more about 'G' and 'Non-G' lenses here.

Enlightenment of the front lens and aperture blades Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

Enlightenment of the front lens and aperture blades Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

4. The diameter of the front filter is 58 mm, the same as that of Nikon 50mm f / 1.4G AF-S Nikkor. The lens is made of plastic, the assembly is good. Bayonet mount metal. All Nikon 50 / 1.8G lenses are manufactured in China.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical fixed lens and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical universal lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical fixed lens and universal lens Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

5. Focusing method. When focusing, the entire lens block moves. It is very important that the lens does not have internal focus. But at the same time, the method itself is made quite unusual, when focusing, the inner part of the lens moves, which is located in the middle of the pyramidal front frame. And that means that the trunk of the lens does not extend or rotate when focusing.

A fifty-fifty Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical and a real Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1: 2 D Defocus Image Control lens

A fifty-fifty Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical and a true portrait lens Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1: 2D

6. High speed focus. But always remember that the speed and accuracy of focusing is also associated with the camera itself and a number of other factors. The lens has focus distance scale. The distance is indicated in meters and feet. There is also a depth of field scale for F / 16.

7. On the lens housing can be found focus switch 'M / A - M'. In the 'M / A' position, auto focus works with constant manual focus priority. The 'M / A' mode is very convenient and useful - for manual focusing or focus correction, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to the 'M' mode.

8. The minimum focusing distance is 45 cm. The maximum ratio when magnified is 1: 6.7. You can’t shoot a macro with this lens, but at the same time it’s easy to shoot small objects.

9. When used on cropped cameras with Nikon DX, the viewing angle will be narrower than at full frame. It will appear that the viewing angle will be equivalent to the lens 75 mm full frame... This allows using the lens on cameras with a cropped matrix without any problems as a good portrait lens. But, please note that in fact Nikon 50 / 1.8G is just a universal fast prime lens, and it is not designed for a portrait. Anyway, the classic focal length for portraits starts at 80 mm.

10. Aperture. Yes, f / 1.8 is great aperture for shooting in low light. The lens can really be used in low light conditions. Well, if you want an even brighter lens, then you need to look at its brothers - Nikon 50mm f / 1.4G AF-S Nikkor and Nikon 50mm f / 1.4D AF Nikkor.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical without hood

This is what the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical looks like after prolonged use

About the picture (photo quality)

The image is sharp already with F / 1.8. Maximum sharpness is achieved in the area of ​​the aperture F / 5.6. The contrast is very good. The lens tolerates back and side light, sometimes it can catch hares. The bokeh of the lens is smooth and smooth, not as rough as that of Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor. When the aperture is closed, the lens makes of luminous objects 14 beam stars. On the open diaphragm, pronounced freezing. Chromatic aberrations quite strong up to F2.8, but this is typical of this kind of lenses. By the way, Nikon 50 / 1.8G for 2013 is Nikon's only fifty dollars using special aspherical element. In general, image quality is on top.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical on Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Camera

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical on camera Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Sample photos on Nikon D5100

All photos from Nikon D5100 without treatment. Reduced size and imprinted data with EXIF.

You will find many more examples in my post 'Fall 2020 on Nikon D40 and Nikkor 50 / 1.8G'

Sample photos on Nikon D700

In more detail about all-all 50-mm fast autofocus lenses Nikon can read here.

Sample photos on Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Examples on the legendary camera Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (Nikon F mount) see here.

Video review

Video review available at this link, or embedded below:

Lens prices

Real prices for the lens in online stores can


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical is a good fast prime. Suitable as a budget portrait lens on DX cameras, it has good sharpness and color reproduction. I believe Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical the most optimal fifty dollars in the price \ quality section.

UPDATE: in 2016, a Chinese copy of this lens appeared at a cost 2-3 times lower than the original. See YONGNUO 50mm 1: 1.8 review (YN50mm F1.8N).

If there are any incomprehensible moments on the lens, ask me in the comments.

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Comments: 977, on the topic: Review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical

  • anonym

    Can you please tell me if this lens will be much worse in terms of design, quality, and sharpness of the picture, if you compare it with the “screwdriver” Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D, 'D' version, MKIII? I want to replace my “screwdriver” because of the buzzing noise of focusing, but I don’t know how much the quality can deteriorate. Who compared, tell me!

  • Lika

    Need help! The first camera, you basically need to shoot educational static videos and take photos of interiors. What is better to take 3100 or 5100? Which lens? I don’t rush about it at all (

    • Valery A.

      5100 (there were both). To begin with, 18-55 (any) or 18-105. There will not be enough light for the interiors - you need a flash with the ability to puff at least up into the light ceiling, 400 sat from the secondary is enough. Further train, from a year, then, perhaps, look at other lenses (or cameras). Good luck.

  • Julia

    Good evening! The other day I acquired this lens (new, in DNS). But the strange sound of autofocus guards me. That is, I assumed that the motor is silent, and it focuses very noisily. This is normal?

    • Michael

      The concepts are very, not very vague)) It makes noise if you sit in a quiet room. And if you go outside, then you can no longer hear it.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      It’s the same for me. Nikon probably considers this silent.

  • Yana

    Hello, I'm new to this business. I have a Nikon 5200 with a 18/55 kit lens. Tell me which lens you can still buy. I like bright photos and saturated ones. I photograph children how to get such a photo ???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You can get by with the lens from this review, but here the matter is not the lens, but in the location, preparation and processing of the photo.

    • Roman

      Find a lavender field, a watering can, take a fast lens, something like 85 / 1.8 - 100 / 2.0, take a picture and process it in Photoshop. If you go out with your equipment in a dull cloudy November, then the photos will look more like comics about BZSKhDNST and PTCHK

      • zengarden

        Best comment 👍

      • Vadiuhin

        Clarification - two watering cans. One - in the hands of the girl, on the other (Leica) to shoot.

    • Nikita

      Buy a good set of commas for a start.

  • Alexey

    Tell me please! on the Nikon 5500? how does it behave? 24 megapixels Are there features with focus and so on?

  • Alexander

    People, tell me please, will Nikon 50 / 1.8G work on a Nikon d300 / 300s camera

    • B. R. P.

      Of course it will be.

  • igor

    Question to Arkady. And if anyone came across a similar one. I have two fifty dollars 1.8g. That's because my daughter is 7 years old and recently purchased b / y. With the same settings (Nikon d7000 camera) my copy gives a lighter picture. Both are UV filters Marumi. What could be the matter. The sharpness is the same. By brightness, the picture differs, although not by much.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      1. The point is filters (it is better to do a test without them)
      2. The case is in different cameras (if not both were tested on the d7000, different settings, like ADL and others, affect the exposure)
      3. The problem is the accuracy of the aperture (it is better to test at 1.8)
      4. Test errors (for example, flickering lamps)
      5. It may be that the matter is in the lenses themselves

      • Oleksandr

        Different D-Lighting and Picture Control settings can also be set. It is worth checking and aligning.

  • igor

    Thanks Arkady for the advice! I will try to remove without filters. Both tested on my Nikon d7000 second camera in another city. Maybe my daughter changed something in the settings. By the way, my walked with a whale 18-105 and gave my daughter an old Nikkor 18-70. Recently I looked at photos from both Definitely 18-70 - the colors are juicier and more natural, and in my opinion the sharpness is slightly better. I never cease to be amazed at our old lenses - I purchased a rare version, ideally MC Jupiter-37AM. Before that I gave my Jupiter-37a to my daughter. I did not find any special differences in color rendering. But in my MC there is no oil on the helicode from the side of the rear lens. The question is this summer. farm will not be on the back lens? it's not okhota to disassemble. And the rest of the picture is that from Jupiter-37 or Jupiter-21m - just ... no words. GORGEOUS !!!

    • Alexey

      Grease Yu-37 has always been surplus. In the heat, it can easily leak onto the shutter curtains and the matrix. It is advisable to remove excess grease.

  • an256

    Hello, there is this lens and there is still a Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM fix. Tell me, it makes sense to sell this fifty kopecks and 55-200, and buy instead of these two lenses one Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G VR IF SWM. I have a d3200 camera.

    • Trueash

      You decide, but I see no reason.

    • BB

      Analyze your photos from the sample of aperture diaphragm (for example, using TotalCommander + add-on) and you will understand which ones are in demand.
      70-300 is of higher quality than 55-200. If you don’t use fifty dollars, you can sell, on the other hand, 50 / 1,8 is not so much on the secondary housing (bought recently), IMHO, if you use it, it’s better to leave it, although 50 mm FR is not very convenient on the crop.

      • Trueash

        >> on the crop 50 mm FR is not very convenient - That is nonsense. So it turns out that any FR will be “not very convenient”, because 24 mm is not as “wide” than 18, and so on. Yes, the angle of view turns out Already, and so what? In some situations it is a minus, in others it is a plus ... as with any other FR.
        But in fact, I agree with you, fifty dollars seems to me much more universal than 70-300. I had one; I will not say that he is bad, but it was difficult for me to work with him. After 250 mm (approximately), he began to frankly screw up. The diaphragm had to be clamped, etc ... that is, it is suitable for shooting only in bright light. I see no reason to change a “good” lens + a “good” lens for one “good” one.

        • BB

          A fifty-kopeck piece on a crop - neither one nor the other: you can't take a large portrait - a very small FR, like a station wagon does not roll indoors. For the street - yes, not bad, you can shoot from full-length to half-length portraits.
          I have had AF-S 70-300 / 4,5-5,6 since about 2012, and I can’t say anything bad about it, many thousands of shots were taken under different conditions.

  • an256

    I’m just shooting mainly on trips, and I have a maximum of two lenses in my photo bag for traveling, a camera and a sb 400 flash. I take a 35 mm fix as a station wagon, I need some kind of telephoto with a second lens, so I think what it’s worth, I thought which one take a universal lens, but which 17-55 is very expensive, Tamron or Sigma 18-55, as I understand it, are inferior in quality to a fifty-fifty and fix 35 mm. There are no plans to purchase a full-frame camera; the small d3200 is enough.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added a video review of this lens to the review (available at the link

  • Alexander

    Hello. AF Nikkor 50mm 1.8 MK I or AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G is it better to take from the picture?

    • Arkady Shapoval


      • Alexander

        Thank you.

  • Samael

    It would be interesting to look at a series of identical photos taken by a whale, for example, 18-55 (at 50 mm) and this fix, to understand if there is a difference and how visible it is. There are many photos on the net from whale lenses where the photo quality is much higher than from popular fixes. An interesting picture can be taken with a penny soap dish, but the quality of the picture ... that's what interests you.

    • Peter

      In bad conditions, it is colossal. Where all pictures from a whale 18-55 or 18-105 go to the basket, this fifty-kopeck piece or 35th dx f1,8 will give a high-quality result. In good light conditions, the difference when comparing "head-on" is not so noticeable, although it is still visible.
      My wife and I were filming in 2 cameras, both d5100, her 35 f1,8, mine 18-105, in December, at the "golden hour" in the sun and snow. As a result, both the 35th and the whale shots went into action, everything depended on a successful shot. The 35th in most cases gave sharp, beautiful pictures, the 105th, at 85+ tried to blur the background in an interesting way :)
      I can't post examples, the archive is not yet available. Conclusion - fixes are much more artistic and versatile, if you do not hesitate to "zoom with your feet"

  • Arkady

    Please tell me, should the focusing ring move endlessly or should it lock at minimum / maximum positions? On my 18-105 it works this way, but the new 50 (this instance) works without blocking. This is normal? Thank you so much.

    • Victor

      It's okay to move without limits.

      On the contrary, it should not stop.

  • Ennocent

    There is a D3100 kit, which would be better, take this expensive G lens for it or give up on something like the D7000 with a cheap non-motorized fixture?

    • B. R. P.

      Better for what? As a camera, the D7000 certainly has more advanced features and you can purchase other non-motorized lenses for it in the future, while maintaining full functionality. If the D3100 suits you, then you need to take the G fifty, which is technically better than the D version in terms of the image. Both the D and G versions, you know, will be more interesting than the whale.

    • Specialist

      The D7000, of course, has a few goodies for faster (eg changing settings) and easier shooting. Will they be in demand by you? And the larger size and weight will not interfere with the desire to take with you for a walk, etc.?

  • Vladimir

    Good day! Can you please tell me if this lens will work on a Nikon F5 film camera?

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Good day everyone! Please tell me if there will be vignetting of this lens on Nikon D610

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Thank you!

  • Olga

    Hello! Very strong chromatic aberration on my fifty dollar. Colors aquamarine, sometimes magenta. Is there something wrong with him or is this the norm for him?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      show examples (you can attach a file up to 2 mb to a message / comment)

    • Konstantin

      Have you got the correct white balance in your camera? Otherwise it seems to me that there is something screwed up in the camera and the lens is not to blame.

  • Anna

    Hello! I have two lenses 50 mm 1.4 d (Japan) and this 50 mm 1.8 G. Nikon 610 camera. And for some reason, at 1.4 it turns the background beautifully on an open aperture, and 1.8 does not turn it at all How did it happen? Previously, I had a Nikon d5200 crop and the 1.8 lens covered beautifully beautifully. But at wide-angle it stopped. Also, which of these lenses would you keep and which would you sell? I obviously don't need two. And which one I cannot understand better 🤯

    • Zinovy ​​Pipka

      Could you take 2 identical shots with both lenses open? It would also be interesting to compare drawing and sharpness.

      • Konstantin

        From personal experience, 50 / 1.8G is the most boring lens I've ever had on a full frame. It is sharp, fast, holds back light relatively well, but the drawing is boring, nothing special, just a sharp high-quality picture, nothing more.
        But 50 / 1.4G or 50 / 1.4D draws differently, they have a noticeably less sharp picture at an open aperture, larger and softer light spots in the out-of-focus area, while in 50 / 1.8G they are straight with sharp edges and onions inside, I don't like this pattern.
        I would leave 50 / 1.4D of those two. But 50 / 1.4G is prettier in terms of bokeh, 9 rounded blades do the trick, but it has a rather slow autofocus.
        Personally, I don't think 50mm is universal on a full frame, 28mm or 35mm is a completely different matter, my favorite focal ones)
        By the way, I shoot with Nikon D600.

  • Dmitriy

    I bought one from my hands. Outwardly, ideally, the focusing ring moves smoothly, autofocus will autofocus. But, a few days after the purchase, I found a small back focus and a backlash of the lens unit. Ken Rockwell says this thing should rattle a little when shaken. But should the backlash of the lens unit be felt with your fingers? And in terms of sharpness, this glass does not reach other fixes, no matter how you clamp it.

  • Victor

    Having bought a miracle, that lens Nikon AF - S NIKKOR 50mm f-1.8 (without the letter D or G), and without a serial number. Having bought through OLX in the Valley. Bringing from Sweden vikoristovuvavsya in craftsmanship. There are no words to follow. Who knows for such an object, write to Viber 0631067822, or call.

  • Nikita

    They say that 50 1.8g has fast autofocus, what kind of nonsense is this? It is a little faster in speed than 18 whales, the same nasty sound of the motor and speed.

    I tried somehow 18 55 new af p, there is super speed there, I would say instant focus just like not 24 70 vr2

    Here are the thoughts. I hope it will be in the picture, I sold the figure, right now the nikon f80 carcass.

    Tell me, how much faster will af work for 28 70 2.8d afs?

    • B, R, P.

      AFP will not be faster. Nonsense to compare warm with soft.

      • Nikita

        Didn't understand your comment.
        AF is fast, just like the fastest pro zoom motors. Swm in whales and this poltos is nothing at all. I'm afraid to imagine how slow 50 1.4g is, if 1.8g is considered fast here. Well, this is my expectation / reality)))

        Specifically, I tried this completely from the review on the crop, I liked it on the whole, but it’s true a lot on the open. Will the contrast on the film be interesting. And then I would not want too strong a contrast.

    • Victor

      >> Tell me, how much faster will af work for 28 70 2.8d afs?

      If it even works xD

  • Nadezhda

    Good afternoon Tell me, is this lens suitable for a nicon f65 film camera?

    • Oleg

      Will do.

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