Excerpt: I couldn't be more happier with this purchase. I was always told to invest in good glass when I was a beginner in photography. This 50mm is quick, lightweight, compact, and nifty. I was deciding between this and the 1.4 but after some homework, the 1.8G works just fine for me. This lens is on my camera about 80% of the time I use it. It's pretty much my everyday FX lens. The price of this lens is also reasonable and fair.
Excerpt: This is a great addition to the camera bag. Love the light and DOF. So far, ever shot has been crisp and clear. I do not do portrats, but am enjoying it for street and interior photagraphy. My first of two prime lens I plan on.
Excerpt: Running it at about 75mm on a DX camera. It is a sharp fast lens that works decently indoors without a flash. Don't miss it not having VR either as with the f1.8 lens it is quick enough in most situations you won't miss it. Everything I read so far was right. You do need a fixed focus lens for your first DSLR and this is a great one for the money.
Excerpt: I think that the BEST use for this lens is to leave it in your gear bag!!!! VERY poorly made. This does NOT mount smoothly on my Nikon Camera and the focus is NOT sharp - as one would expect from Nikon.It IS inexpensive - but save your $+ and get a better lens.NOT happy with it at all.
Cons: Difficult To Use, Not Durable, Not Functional, Poor Design
Summary: Sharpness everywhere, beautiful contrast, fast auto focus, smooth and creamy bokeh wide open, good low-lighting performance, that's what you get when shooting with this lens. This is my favorite lens by far, everything just looks great. Perfect for portraits and close-up pictures but can be used in a lot of other situations.