I’ve been using the kit lens on my Nikon D90 for some time now which is perfectly adequate but decided I needed to start investing in some new lenses. I’d read some good reviews on this recently launched 50mm Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens and decided to buy it. After having used it a few times, I’ve been very impressed with the results. It’s a great lens for portraits and for producing that Bokeh effect. Low light images without flash are a lot better than the 18-105mm kit lens but as there’s no vibration reduction/image stabilisation built into the lens, you’ll be better of with a tripod in low light conditions. In normal/bright conditions the lens works magnificently and you won’t miss the lack of VR.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens Review
In a DX-format camera such as the D90, the angle of view is more like 75mm, rather than 50mm as it would be if used on a FX-format camera. This isn’t a huge problem but when I first started using the lens, I did miss the lack of zoom. It took me a while to get used to walking backwards or forwards to frame the shot instead of using zoom. In fact, depending on what the lens would mainly be used for, some people may prefer the older 35mm version of this lens (if the price is right!) as that would be equivalent to 50mm on a DX camera.
Make no mistake, this a great lens at a great price and I’d recommend it to anyone. Having said that, I think I’ll carry on using it mainly for portraits only or when I want to create natural looking bokeh backgrounds. For general photography, I think I’d miss my zoom lens too much. Yes, for most situations you can physically move closer or further away from the subject but there are times when you want to be able to zoom in close to a subject without invading their space, for example during a wedding ceremony. So as much as I like this lens, I think I’ll soon be investing in a quality zoom lens (why oh why, do they have to be so damned expensive!).
We gave the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens