Nikon 50mm 1.8 Review

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I love my handy Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime lens. I especially love how versatile this lens is. I also have this version of the Nikon 50, so that I am able to freelens. I’ll explain that a little later.


My Nikon 50mm 1.8 is the lens that I usually always have on my camera (however, if I had it MY way, I would have the Sigma 24 1.4 on it all the times, but I don’t have that lens…yet!). I bought the 50mm back when I had my crop frame camera, my Nikon 5100, which was my first DSLR ever. On the crop frame, however, it’s even more zoomed in because of the crop frame. Once I upgraded to the Nikon D610, I was actually able to use the 50mm at the 50 length (the crop frame compresses it, so it’s more of a 75mm instead). So, with my full frame Nikon D610, I was able to shoot a little wider with it. And I love it! It’s definitely a very good first lens after the lens kit lenses. Kit lenses are the lenses that come with your camera.


Now, I mentioned the word prime lens earlier. What does that mean? It means that the zoom is fixed. You can’t zoom in or out, if you want to get closer or farther away, you have to move your feet. I love prime lenses. They are the best! They are sharper, and create prettier bokeh, in my opinion.

Now, my fancy old and trusty Nikon 50 that I said I use to freelens with, and that’s really the ONLY reason I have it, is slightly cheaper than this Nikon 50. So, what’s freelens, you ask? It’s INCREDIBLY hard and I still have so much to learn and practice. You basically detach your lens from  your camera (your camera should be turned OFF at this point) and you then turn  your camera back on and put the lens up close to the camera. Then  you play around and move the lens around to try to get a slice of focus.


Again, I need to repeat, it’s INCREDIBLY hard! But the result is amazing. I always find that freelensing works BEST when the light is AMAZING. I’ve tried it before where the light was flat, the resulting image just wasn’t as magical.


I’ve recently discovered that my Nikon 105 Micro lens could also freelens, but it’s even harder than the 50!


All in all, my Nikon 50 is my go to lens. It’s sharp, it’s wide enough (mostly 😉 ) and it gets the job done!! Get out there and pick up your camera and experiment. 


Find out if your lens can freelens and practice that! It’s a great way to get your creativity juices flowing. Although, be careful about getting dust on your sensor. Freelensing IS dangerous to your camera. But it’s fun and something different.


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I am a photographer, a wife, a sister, and now a momma to be. I strive to capture the beauty in ordinary things. I love to photograph people, places, and things that I love and cherish. I am a lover of natural light, macro, lifestyle, and dark and moody images. I am a die hard Nikon fan, I love yellow starbursts, I am a pianist, and I am obsessed with photography, maybe a little too much!

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  1. Thank you for explaining what free lensing is. I’ve seen the term many times but never understood how to actually do it. Makes me want to go out and give it a try!

  2. Very cool images and thanks for the info!!!! btw – did you get the sigma 24 yet? I’ve heard that the 35 is way better – I have the 35 and love it, but still am interested in sigma 24 reviews. LMK when you get to try it – thanks! Mary Schannen

    1. I have rented it about 3 times now. I LOVE it. But, I’ve never tried the 35. I just love how wide it is compared to my 50. Sometimes I find myself unable to back up far enough. Hope that helps some!

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