Conclusion: For years, the popular and affordable 50mm/f1.8 was only available as an AF-D lens that cannot auto focus on today’s consumer DSLRs such as the earlier D40 to the current D3100 and D5100. This new AF-S version is a very welcome addition. The new 50mm/f1.8 AF-S is optically quite good at an affordable price. Its center performance is good wide open at f1.8 and improves quite a bit by f2.8. Corner performance improves drastically from 2.8 to f4.
Summary: Overall, 50mm primes are rather unglamorous lenses that can look out-dated in a world where zooms are truly dominant. In fact they are often high performers despite their low prices and are therefore worthy of very serious consideration. There is little to fault in Nikon's latest G-series 50mm lens.
Pros: Fantastic full-frame performance
Cons: Some chromatic aberration on DX-format sensor
Excerpt: When it comes to great lenses it seems like innovation still happens at a glacial pace. Of course, one could just blame it on an age where new mobile phones are announced every 29 hours, but we digress. Good things come to those who wait and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S ($220) is certainly just that.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Summary: Improving on a classic design is often a difficult task, but it is one in which Nikon has succeeded. The new 50mm f/1.8G lens adds some significant features such as a quiet Sonic Wave Motor, curved aperture blades, better image contrast and reduced chromatic aberrations.
Curvilinear distortion may be slightly worse than with the previous design, but is still not very significant, especially if you don't use a camera with a full-frame sensor.
Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G (CX) - Review / Test Report
24 January 2013
Conclusion: The Nikon AF-S 50/1.8 performs quite well on the V1 camera. At large apertures, the high density of the small CX sensor turns out to be a little challenging, but stopped down the lens reaches very good to excellent resolution across the whole frame.