Product Comparison: Nikon AF FX 50mm f/1.8D vs Nikon AF-S FX 50mm f/1.8G

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General Specifications
AF FX 50mm f/1.8D
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
About the Product
Offering natural image rendering and exceptional sharpness, the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D is a versatile, affordable prime lens. Extremely compact and lightweight—it weighs approximately 5.5 oz (155 g)— making it a convenient carry-around lens for nearly any shooting opportunity. Its aperture control ring enables smooth manual adjustments during Live View shooting, making it a great video partner, too.
A must-have for standard portraits and everyday use, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G is a lens that will absolutely surprise you. The 50mm focal length (75mm equivalent on DX format cameras) with a fast f/1.8 aperture allows you to capture stunning images with a shallow depth-of-field, letting your subjects stand out from their backgrounds. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G may soon become your new favorite lens.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
1.8 /f
1.8 /f
Minimum Focal Length
50 millimeters
50 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
50 millimeters
50 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon AF FX 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus
  • With the aperture at 1.8 shots can be taken at under 1/60th of a second without the use of a tripod, great low-light functionality.
  • If your camera's sensor is DX sized then the focus will be about 75mm, meaning you'll have to move farther from the the subject. If you really looking for a prime go for the 28mm or a zoom.
  • With a wide aperture of f/1.8 you are guaranteed to get great natural light pictures indoors or other low light situations while maintaining a relatively low ISO.
  • 1.8 is not ideal for portraits as the resulting image is not at all sharp. Stop down to 2.8 or 4.0 you get usable picture.
  • At f/1.8, there is significant softness in the image even if it is focused properly
Nikon AF-S FX 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus
  • This is one of the sharpest lenses of nikon. it has a moderate focusing speed. durable and wheather and moisture ring at the mount.
  • I had to return my first piece due to it being having a very tight twist to get it mounted. Unlike my other lenses, this lens would mount, but with lot of pressure.
  • It fits the mount nice and tight, real fast auto focus and captures super sharp images in real low light. Very happy so far!
  • Lovely portraits, beautiful bokeh and great focal length.
  • This lens is hard to beat for the price tag. Although if you're on a dx body the focal length might be a little long for indoor photos.
Size & Weight
2.5 in.
2.8 in.
2.5 in.
2.8 in.
1.5 in.
2.1 in.
5.5 oz.
6.6 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon AF FX 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus
  • Extremely light weight, versatile, and highly reliable lens.
  • The pictures are sharp, it' small and light weight, and it handles well in low light.
  • For a "cheap" lens, you get a light weight solid build with a metal mount.
  • Light weight, small and you'll find yourself walking around more to get that shot, but it will probably be worth it.
  • Cheap construction. The rear cap is a joke. I can't image a screw in rear cap adding more than a couple dollars to the cost and it would really protect the lens.
Nikon AF-S FX 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus
  • Good lens, nice and light weight. Great for travel.
  • Light weight and affordable. if you're lookin for a starter lens, this is the one
  • A fantastic light weight lens. Very impressed with the image quality.
  • Makes my pictures a standout! It's compact and very light weight. I use it with a Nikon d810 dslr camera.
  • This is a great lens for portrait pictures if your children. Is light weight wich is why is now my everyday lens. I love it!
Minimum Focus Distance
18 in.
17.7 in.
Field Of View
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Manual/Auto Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon AF FX 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus
  • Has minimal distortion and is super sharp. Great bokeh. Fast autofocus.
  • Very sharp if you step down a little.
  • Sharpness will improve when stopped down at f/2.8 and +
  • Takes ordinary images and makes them smooth and beautiful.
  • Struggles to focus at short distances. Hunts for focus sometimes.
  • Bokeh is OK but I didn't find it extraordinary like some people in here found.
Nikon AF-S FX 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus
  • I love my new lens. The images are super sharp. Every photographer pro and amature should have this lens in their bag.
  • Nice images with this lens. Works as expected. No issues
  • This is just a what's was looking for. The manual focus helps me create the bokeh just right for my clients.
  • I needed a lens when I take photos it gives a sharp image and this is the one everyone should have.
  • Great lens if you are using a tripod. Needs image stabilization.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
Lens Groups and Elements
6 Elements in 5 Groups
7 Elements in 6 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
52 millimeters
58 millimeters
Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras, Fast enough for low-light shooting, Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Aspherical Lens, Super Integrated Coating
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon AF FX 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus
  • The angle of view is pretty close to angle of human eye's normal vision (especially on full frame camera like D700)
  • The manual focusing is not bad at all. In fact, it is lot better than the auto-focus feature, which we get used to because of convenience, since it helps to better understand the concepts of photography, camera settings, exposure etc.
  • Moving focus ring - finger might get in the way and interfere. Tighter than usual fit to the body.
  • Autofocus doesn't work on most common Nikon cameras.
  • Doesn't necessarily lock-on with ease to camera body.
  • There is no zoom or wide angle feature so you will be moving around a lot trying to get shots framed properly, but I like it because it gets me to really think about how I want to frame my shots.
Nikon AF-S FX 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus
  • The following is the perfect indoor lens for full frame DSLR cameras however if you have a DX series camera a 50mm actually is greater on a cropped sensor.
  • Great for portraits but be mindful of the DX crop sensors
  • This is the best lens for the money if you are doing portraits with a cropped sensor,
  • A really sweet lens!!! When a polarizing filter is added the colors are very vivid.
  • For beginner photographers like I am, this lens is a must even at full or original price. Don't forget to grab a 58mm uv filter.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
179.95 $

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