The 50mm focal-length lens is a true photographic icon and an essential piece of kit for any photographeru2019s kit bag, but there are quite a few to choose from. Richard Sibley and Andrew Sydenham test 12 such optics to assess their particular qualities

Specifications: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

RRP: £199.99
Street price: Around £155
Filter diameter:
Lens elements:
Diaphragm blades:
Minimum focus:
Lens mount:
Nikon F

Chart analysis

Tested on a Nikon D600

The Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens is particularly impressive as its resolution only drops very slightly when it is used fully open. This is great for those who want to really take advantage of the f/1.8 aperture. Overall, the resolution is very good, especially when the cost of the lens is taken into account.

The shading graph shows that when fully open the lens does suffer from vignetting that is around -0.3EV darker at the edges, although this is not really a problem. Looking at the curvilinear distortion values, the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens is on a par with comparable lenses from Canon and Sony.

Score: 5 out of 5

  1. 1. 50mm lens test - Introduction
  2. 2. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3
  4. 4. Specificiations: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  5. 5. Specififications: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  6. 6. Specifications: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  7. 7. Specifications: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
  8. 8. Specifications: Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM
  9. 9. Specifications: Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8
  10. 10. Specificiations: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  11. 11. Specifications: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG
  12. 12. Specifications: Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 SSM
  13. 13. Specifications: Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM
  14. 14. Specifications: Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4
  15. 15. Specifications: Zeiss Makro-planar T* 50mm f/2
  16. 16. Our verdict
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