NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
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Iconic 50mm prime, reimagined for the Z system. Sharper across the entire frame. Virtually zero distortion, even when shot wide open. Beautiful bokeh even at short focus distances. Liberating low-light performance. Ultra-quiet focusing. Whether you're shooting stills or videos, 50mm has never looked better.
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NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
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Aa a landscape and product photographer who highly values image sharpness and detail, I find the 50 f/1.8 Nikkor S to be the sharpest lens I've used in over 45 years in photography! I am extremely pleased with the Nikon Z System, with the Z7 and several stellar Nikkor S lenses. Congratulations, Nikon!
I've been using the Niikor Z 50mm 1.8S for a few weeks now and have been testing it. Instead of listing the specs-list, here are the top three features of this lens that jumped out the most: 1. Image quality: Strikingly beautiful due to Nikon's color science and exceptionally sharp edge-to-edge thanks to good distortion control, color aberration control, and vignette control. 50mm is a great focal length for street, portrait, landscape photography, and this lens is well-suited for most of the types without a doubt. For a f/1.8 aperture, the image quality is at par with some of the f/2.8 lenses out there. However, if it's bokeh (out of focus background and foreground) you're looking for, this Nikkor does well and not as good as some of the f/1.4 or f/1.2 lenses. That's just physics! Overall, the image quality is THE reason you should get this lens for your Z camera body, perhaps the very first lens to invest in. It will last decades! 2. Focus breathing: for those of you into videography, you're in for great cinematography in the form of virtually non-existent focus breathing. Remember how in movies and TV shows things that emerge into the scene from out of focus to in-focus? Lenses that focus-breathe tend to distort the subject coming into focus seeming like everything including the subject is coming closer as you focus in. Well, nothing like that happens with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8S. Subject and the background remain where they are with only the focus going in and out. It's just beautiful. I am not a videographer but I can imagine how well this lens will perform in such situations. In addition, the focus ring on this lens is made of metal and has a good throw, and is super smooth reminding me of my Voigtlander 58mm 1.4 SL II lens. 3. Camera-linked customization: Assuming you will use this lens of Z body (obviously!), the lens makes use of two of the most important features from my perspective - in body image body stabilization (5-axis IBIS) and the ability to customize the focus ring to do other things than manual focus. This is game-changing, to say the least. The lens doesn't have image stabilization (VR - vibration reduction) but impeccably uses Nikon Z's IBIS and it's super important to get steady vibration-free images. (Quick tip - even with IBIS, make sure to keep the shutter speed above 1/50th of the second to get really sharp images.) Secondly, the focus ring customization. You can make the focus ring change the aperture settings or change the shutter speed or (my current setting) change exposure compensation. It makes the process of making images so much more enjoyable and convenient. In summary, two words aptly describe this lens: worth itHappy to test and review more gear from Nikon!
The 50mm f/1.8 in combination with the low light capabilities of the Z 6 is a fantastic tool for enhancing my creative opportunities. I agree with a lot of reviewers that this lens is really sharp even wide open. I am really happy that I decided to convert to NIKON Z from my Nikon DSLR.
I am amazed at how light these new mirrorless products are, yet still product super sharp results.
I haven´t taken a ton of pictures with this yet, but so far so good.
When I bought a Z6 camera I avoided the kit lenses and instead opted for the 50mm S series f/1.8 prime. This is a nice basic focal length. And the glass is fabulously sharp. I took it on a summertime vacation to Montreal Canada along with Nikon´s super sharp wide 20mm f/1.8 F mount prime. Low light performance, detail, contrast are the best I´ve seen. This lens was a pleasure to use. While the new S series F/2.8 zooms may make this lens obsolete for convenience sake, they won´t prove quite as fast or as artifact free,
I´ve always loved 50mm lenses but this one is my favorite ever! Sharp from edge to edge and great autofocus. I highly recommend it!
Very good build quality and amazing sharpness. I highly recommend this lens.
I love the results of images taken through this lens. It can provide great separation of background from the key focus area.
Great lens in low light. Nice sharp images. Lens less conspicuous than zoom lens.
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