Post your favorite image and a short review/opinion of this lens in this thread. The more posts, the better someone's research will be when they are looking for info on this particular lens!
This was my first 'fast' lens, and it still provides me with many of my favorite portraits. Close focusing allows intimate distances with subjects, and there are times when I really like that. Bokeh is great, and sharpness is pretty good even wide open!
Here is my current favorite image taken with this lens (The choice wasn't easy for me!):
Sat 09-Feb-08 08:54 PM | edited Sat 09-Feb-08 09:02 PM by Mark V
Ahhh. This lens doesn't need research. It's the #1 bargain in the whole Nikkor line up. The only reason not to buy one is if you need the extra f stop of a 50mm f1.4, or don't need a 50mm.
I have nothing to post, I seldom use mine but always have it ready. Because when it's 50mm F1.8 time, nothing else I own can take it's place. I like how you posted a "gentle" shot with it. Too many people (like me ) think of it as a faster razor blade.
I am new to DSLR and have only had my D80 for a little over a month, so I can only add my comments from a newby perspective.
I love my 50/1.8. I initially purchased my D80 with a 18-200, which is great, but I wanted to be able to capture pictures inside without a flash. This 50 lets me do just what I want indoors and get great pictures just about anywhere. I find myself reaching for the $100 - 50mm all the time, just to see what I can do with it.
The link below is at a birthday party for my daughter at a doughnut shop. Just starting out, I dont have much to compare - but this is my personal favorite picture I have ever taken. It is just what I purchased this Camera/Lens for. What I really like about it is that I was able to get her in nice and sharp, while still seeing the shop owner (and doughnut case) in the background. I think if I threw a flash on that with a slower lens, the outcome would have been just so-so.
>The link below is at a birthday party for my daughter at a >doughnut shop. Just starting out, I dont have much to compare >- but this is my personal favorite picture I have ever taken. >It is just what I purchased this Camera/Lens for. What I >really like about it is that I was able to get her in nice and >sharp, while still seeing the shop owner (and doughnut case) >in the background. I think if I threw a flash on that with a >slower lens, the outcome would have been just so-so.
Beautiful young lady and a nice photo of her!
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." -Robert Capa
Wed 13-Feb-08 12:56 AM | edited Wed 13-Feb-08 01:24 AM by Mark V
THESE ARE NOT PHOTOGRAPHS! There horrible! All I'm looking at is sharpness and DOF wide open.
Yesterday I was looking at a 50mm 1.4 at a camera show and compared it to my 1.8. No post processing, just rescaled for down loading in PS. Both shots focused on the eye, lens wide open, same camera settings. (D300, 200 ISO)
First Shot: 1.8 at 1.8 I may seldom use it, but I carry it.
Second Shot 1.4 at 1.4 (Note shallower DOF, which is a bit nicer for the background but makes the nose blurry.)
That lens, along with my 100mm f/2.8 Series E with the PK-13 Extension Tube in addition to a discussion with a friend of mine got me started down the path of the "Group F/1" philosophy. I've since sold that lens to opt into the even slightly shallower DOF f/1.4 AI-S (which also couples much better w/my PK-13 than the AF 50mm f/1.8 did)...
The 50mm F1.8 AF-D lens is outstanding. On one of Nikon's other websites it has the modular transfer function curves for this lens and it's more expensive sibling the 50mm F1.4.
The lower cost F1.8 lens has better and sharpness and contrast MTF curve lines then the more expensive lens. Some Nikon dealers assume that the more expensive lens is built better, but one Nikon rep told me that the lower cost lens is just as rugged. While the more expensive lens looks more impressive on the outside and is faster, the less expensive lens is only about 1/2 stop slower and nearly 200 dollars lower in cost.
While I had a 50mm f1.4 lens that was stolen I also own the slower 1.8 and some photographers claim that this lens is the sharpest one that Nikon makes, and that it out performs other Nikon/Nikkor lenses that cost MUCH MUCH more.
Only you can decide which one will suit your needs. Good Luck in your decision.
The 50mm 1.8D was my second lens, and it is a steal at around $120. Most of the time I use it for taking pictures of my children and for indoors where the lighting is not so good. It is very sharp and I like the focal length on a DX body.
This is a picture of my son when he was 6 months old. He is 26 months now).
Took me a while to get back and post one here. The 50mm 1.8 is a timeless economy workhorse. I took this one early on after I went to DSLR. I have since switched to a 50 1.4 and given my 1.8 to my daughter to use. I recall a thread early last year some time where someone posted a link to a photographer's site who used a 50mm almost exclusively to do portraiture work (mostly available light stuff as I recall). I could not find the thread, but the photos this guy produced with his 50mm were simply astounding.
The nifty fifty is currently my only Nikon prime and definitely my favourite portrait lens on the D70s. As much as I like the versatility and sharpness of my 18-70, the micro-contrast of the 50 is just fantastic and the raw files need very little adjustment straight out of the camera. So when ever I can I use it and mine is tack sharp at f2.8.
I don't know if this is my favourite shot but it's certainly one of the first that I took with this great little lens.
It's fitting that this is my first posting here. This is one of my favorite images taken with my D70, 50mm f/1.8, and SB-600 bounced off the ceiling. I can't add much more to what has been said but to say when people see photographs from this lens, they immediately comment how sharp and colorful they are.