Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Exposure1/1600s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/400s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed200
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Exposure1/1000s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed200
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Exposure1/800s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/1.8
Exposure1/5000s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/5.0
Exposure1/400s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Exposure1/800s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/640s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/125s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/3.2
Exposure1/1250s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Exposure1/1250s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Exposure1/320s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/250s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/5.0
Exposure1/640s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/1.8
Exposure1/8000s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Exposure1/1000s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/3.2
Exposure1/320s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed100
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure1/1000s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed125
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure1/400s

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ModelNIKON D850
ISO Speed125
Focal Length50.0mm
Aperture:f/2.5
Exposure1/3200s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G is a solid performer that delivers very good to excellent sharpness in the image center, but struggles in the image corners at large apertures on the high-resolution sensor of the D850. For best performance, the lens needs to be stopped down to f/4 or f/5.6.

Typical for a fast prime there is some vignetting wide open as well as a fair amount of bokeh fringing. CAs and distortion are moderate. The bokeh quality is not outstanding, but quite good for this lens class and generally quite smooth.

The build quality is good and in line with other Nikon lenses in this segment. Thanks to a silent wave drive, AF action is silent and reasonably fast (for the typical usage of such a lens).

Given its fairly affordable price, the lens is a very attractive option if you're in the market for a normal prime.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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