Reviews and Problems with Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor
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Ok for the price, but soft below f4
Smashbase, B&H Photo
28 December 2013
Excerpt: I bought this lens when I bought my D600. The kit lens that came with my D600 is sharper than this lens is. I shoot fashion, beauty and portraits and when I use this lens I usually shoot at 1.8-2.8. Unfortunately, it's not sharp when opened up that wide. I'll be getting the 1.8G to replace this "thrifty fifty". Although this lens is inexpensive, my advice would be to use the $[$] that you'd spend on this lens and put it towards buying the 1.8G version instead.
Excerpt: This isn't a great lens by any stretch of imagination. People writing positive reviews do a disservice to the vendor because many of these lenses will be returned. My guess positive reviews caused by several factors. One is that people don't have a good lens to compare with, so simply don't know better. Second, probably most of the reviewers used the lens on a crop sensor, where it's not at its worst. Thirdly, they probably never put a lens through the controlled tests.
Excerpt: This could make a great walk-around, but I can't use mine. If I stop down (f9, f11 etc) I get a blue circle in the middle of the shot. Sent it back to Nikon and they say this is the way they are made. Explained it's the reflection of the sensor in the coating of the glass and that they're all like this. It won't work with D90, D300, even on the D700 I had the same effect. Yeah, it's cheap, but only half a lens.
Excerpt: If you like a lens that you can do all the focus on then you would like this one.. I thought that this was the new one that auto focus for you. I'm not happy with it because it was not a auto focus,but the lens is ok for manual use only.
Summary: I don't know why so many people rave about this lens. Perhaps it's a quality control issue, but I've been extremely disappointed with my copy. I was hoping for a reasonably sharp prime lens, but this lens is soft - even compared to my 18-70 zoom. Admittedly it does get better after f/2.8 - but still not great. Less that 2.8 is unacceptably soft in my opinion - so is of little use. Colour reproduction and contrast are also not great.
Pros: Low price
Cons: Soft, Very poor build quality, No lens case supplied, Slow focussing, Poor colour reproduction and contrast