Samson's reviews

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Fast, great sharpness/clarity, fantastic portraits, light
    Nothing (esp for $100)

    It's really a no-brainer: a fast, light portrait lens for approximately $100. I used it on my travels to New York, and the night shots were amazing considering I didn't use a tripod.

    Shots from ISO200 to 400 with f/2.2 or smaller apertures are so sharp. And the color saturation blows away the starter kit lens that came with my D50.

    The only limitation is that it is a prime lens which translates to 75mm on a DSLR. You're not going to be taking any wide, scenic shots. But that's not why you'd choose this lens, right?

    People keeping mentioning that it's plastic. I'm pretty rough with the lens, but it's held up fine. And it's the glass that counts.

    reviewed December 13th, 2006 (purchased for $110)