Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

New Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens

This update to Nikon's venerable 50mm f/1.8G has a lot to live up to, as the reputation of the older D version that it is amongst Nikon's sharpest optics will be a hard task to live up to. This new version currently costs around £200, which is around £100 more than the cheapest price the older D version can be picked up for currently.

The new design sports a silent wave focusing motor, which will allow it to autofocus on Nikon's entry level bodies such as the D3100 and D5100 and older bodies which lack a built in focusing motor such as the Nikon D40 or D60. Although this lens is designed for full frame cameras, it has great appeal for DX camera users, as the angle of view on the smaller sensor is equivalent to a 75mm lens on the larger FX format, which is perfect for portraiture. It's rounded diaphragm blades should also help to provide smooth out of focus areas.

In this review we'll take a close look at how this lens performs to see if it is a worthy successor to its predecessor.

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