castortroy's reviews

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    cheap, lightweight, sharp
    funky rear lens cap

    At 1.8, you'll really need to be careful of what you're focused on, or else you'll be walking away with a lot of unfocused shots (or maybe it's just me). But, at 3.2 and up, you can't miss with this thing, it's razor sharp. I love being able to use low ISO's in combination with large apertures. Best $125 I've spent.

    Yeah, the AF noise might turn off some people (like it almost did me), but it really isn't that bad. I let a friend take a picture with my D70s and the AF noise wasn't loud at all.

    In funky lighting, the AF will hunt a bit, and it'll sound like the camera is possessed (I think it's awesome).

    Even though this is a normal lens for 35mm, the reach with the crop factor on digital can be limiting at times. Kinda tough if you can't step back for a shot.

    All that aside, this lens is my first Nikkor prime lens and, by the looks of things, it looks like I'll be investing in a few more prime lenses when I finally graduate.

    reviewed November 16th, 2006 (purchased for $125)