Reviews and Problems with Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor
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Does not work on D5100
Try once, B&H Photo
5 April 2013
Excerpt: After comparing 50mm options I opted for this model for price and performance but it does not deliver what was expected. Does not autofocus, and manually has to be set in the "locked" position. Even then the focus is erratic, sometimes on the subject, sometimes in the background.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Does Not Focus, Tough To Attach
Excerpt: Horribly blurry at f1.8. Really blurry at f2.8. Not until f4 is there some improvement. Sharpness remains inferior to every other modern lens I own whatever the f-stop. I use Nikon D-90 and D-300.<br />This lens is good ONLY for hoops games in dark gyms where f2.8 is still too darn dark. No weddings, no landscapes, no artistic available-light.<br /><br />Hype about its sharpness is wrong.
Excerpt: Light falloff starting just outside the center and increasing to the edges at f/1.8 is excessive and surprising. You can't blame the Chinese manufacturer for this optical design flaw. I agree that Nikon should pull it from the market to protect their reputation.
Excerpt: I wanted to purchase a 50mm lens that would be compatible with my Nikon.I was not told at the time of purchase that the lens was NOT compatible with the auto focus feature of my camera, which is important to me. I returned the lens. My eyesight is somewhat dependent on the auto focus but if you don't need this feature than the lens is fine in all other regards.
Excerpt: Bought this as my first prime. I thought it was great until I bought the 35 1.8. The diff is night and day.<br /><br />This lens has a terrible slow and inaccurate focus. It is soft at f/1.8 and only decent at f/2.8. The 35 1.8 is almost as sharp at 1.8 as this is at 2.8. <br /><br />Sold this lens and don't regret it. Waste of money.
Excerpt: The lense for some reason would not focus on auto i had to manually do it and it was blurry so i had to send it back. Not sure if it was the lense being defected or if it just does not auto focus on the d40x
Excerpt: I attempted to replace a 20 year old Nikon F.1.4 50mm [...] Instead, I bought the F1.8. It was a big mistake. The lens was not nearly as sharp as my 20 year old until stopped down to at least F4, which makes it worthless for available light photography. B&H was terrific. It took the lens back and gave a full credit toward a new F1.4. That lens is reasonably sharp at f1.4 and tack sharp at F2.0. I use it with my Nikon D300.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Needs to be stopped down, Weak Casing