The 50 mm blessing!

So, I bought my Nikon AF 50 mm F/1.8 for about six or seven months ago and I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am of its performance. It is absolutely incredible and wherever my camera goes, it goes!


1) Sharpness - The sharpness of a zoom lens is nothing compared to the one of a prime lens. It is wonderful!

2) Bokeh - An absolutely stunning bokeh will be at your disposal.

3) Price - For about 180 dollars you can get this outstanding lens which is nothing compared to the prices of other equipment in this line of work/hobby. Worth every penny, I promise!

4) Light weight, baby - Oh yes, it weighs little to nothing and can easily move into your camera bag, forever. Take it with you wherever you go!

5) Brightness - The F/1.8 allows you to take pictures hand-helled in lower light conditions.

6) Idiot-proof - Let's just say that it is hard to fail using this prime lens. Perfect for beginners with the aspiration of improving their photographic skills!

Since I bought this I've acquired additional lenses, but this still is my favorite and I just can't find any disadvantages with it! All of you experienced photographers sure knows what I mean, therefore I address this article to the beginners of our photography community - THIS IS AN INVESTMENT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET!

And no, Nikon didn't pay me to write this article ;) The lens is so worth promoting anyway.

Some of my recent uploads (taken with 50 mm)

Traveling with laptop


Wineglasses in bar

Bartender serving beer

Old-fashioned alarm clock

Photo credits: Dahlskoge.

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Great images and info! I have a Canon 50mm and have barely used it, am inspired to take it for a spin tomorrow.


i Agree!!


yes I totally agree with you in that this prime lenses are great, I mostly use prime lenses much as from canon ha ha!
Nice post!


I agree with you, more people should use prime lenses as well as the 50mm. I use to own a Nikon D90 and for the 5 years it was with me, a brilliant camera. Keep your Nikon and all your lenses.


I have an m.zuiko 25mm f1.8, equivalent to 50mm in full-frame terms. It's so sharp that photos need no post-capture sharpening.


The 50mm 1,4 D Nikkor was my first and only lens for my analogue Nikon F100 and at the beginning the only lens for my D700. I made plenty of photos with it for Dreamstime. Nevertheless since I have the 24-70 and 70-200 Nikkor zooms I never used my 50mm again.

I made my most successful photo with it:
 Capoeira Performance 

Might be I should overcome my laziness!


Good article about lens. Although I didn't have this len but I like the excellent quality of it.


Really agree. Nice pics!


I fully agree!


I bought the cheap 50mm for Canon 1.8 and I liked that much, but really that much that I bought the 1.4 which is worth it. It should always be a "must" at everybody's kit!


The word 50mm itself attracts me! That was the 1st lens I bought along wth the camera body!


agree....I love 50mm and 35mm both the prime lenses as they work well in my interest area...
50mm is a bliss for portrait photos and 35mm works as magician on streets!


I had a 17mm prime for my Olympus E-PL3. Equivalent to a 34mm in film terms. My impression was that the 14-42mm kit zoom was just as sharp - and, of course, much more convenient when photographing across raging torrents and other such obstacles!


I absolutely agree. I also have this lens along with three zooms and nothing compares in quality of the images with this cheapest and smallest one. I mainly use it at home or studio (for example: ), as I hate changing lenses outdoors where, unfortunately, it is less practical than a zoom.


nice photos!


I have the 50mm 1.4........awesome lens!!! I imagine the 1.8 is just as sweet!


Great images ! But Nikon AF 50 mm F/1.8 it doesn't compare with Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. For example:


I love the prime lenses as well but I hate the dust that creeps into my camera each time I change them. I mostly stick with a zoom lens for this reason.


nice, thanks for pics and info. And in anybody could explain...what is the difference between 50 mm and 60 mm lens? I'm thinking about the prime lens and have a good offer for 60 mm canon. Thanks!


Awesome quality images !Thanks for the tips!


Absolutely :-)


I agree. I bought a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II in just $100 and it is a blessing for me.


I absolutely love my 'nifty fifty' lens, and as you say the Bokeh it what make's it. Although I haven't used mine for a while your article has prompted me to make more use of it.


The optical light are always a good investment . Congratulations for choosing really good , I can only agree with what you wrote!


I have the same lens and could not agree more with your blog post. I will have to try the Bokeh effect you mentioned with this lens. thanks for the post

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