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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Introduction to Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

The review covers the June 2011 Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G, a new offering as of 2011. It replaces the older and far inferior 50mm f/1.8 (original version was much inferior in build quality and focusing, also optically).

The question many buyers will have is how the 50/1.8G compares to the existing Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G, which is 2/3 stop faster. Not everyone needs that 2/3 stop, and the 50/1.8G is half the price as well as being smaller and lighter.

Why?

At about $200, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is a no-brainer for any zoom-laden Nikon shooter. As a fast prime lens, it serves a purpose that no zoom can: high image quality with 1.3 stops more light than even a pro-grade f/2.8 zoom lens. And by f/2.8, image quality is very high.

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