Summary: Just received for a Chritmas gift and have been playing with it. This lens is everthing everyone has said about it...great bokeh and a great portrsit lens. You cant go wrong with a nifty fifty!
Excerpt: Let me start by giving some background - I'm not a professional picture taker and this is used on my first SLR of any kind; I've been using P&S cameras for ages and getting good pictures by luck and the smarts of the camera. That being said, using this lens is a dream - point, shoot, chimp. : ) This lens does great in the daytime indoors, but absolutely shines in the evening inside.
Summary: KIT lenses do not do the cameras that they come with justice. This is the equivalent of 75mm on a crop sensor if you aren't using a full frame camera. Fantastic for indoor shots/portraits of any kind.
Pros: Fast auto focusing Excellent Bokeh Fantastic Image Quality, much better than KIT lens Great low light performance coupled with current generation Nikon cameras.
Cons: Twice the price of the equivalent Canon model. But I chose a Nikon camera for a reason, so that's ok.
Excerpt: Just got this lens....brand new. First, I have a very hard time putting it on, and taking it off my camera. I feel as though I will break either my camera or the lens. Second, it will not focus at all. When I look through my viewfinder it's a blurred mess. Third, I believe the focus ring is messed up. It seems like a cheap plastic mess. I will try one more time, but It will probably be going back. My Canon has a great 50mm 1.8. No problems with it at all.
Excerpt: This is a great, lightweight and fast lens. i love it for low light situations and takes me back 35 years when I started with a SLR 35mm camera + 50 mm lens combo. The lens is sharp and has a good bokeh. True, the build does not feel as solid as some years ago... that gives you the light weight though.