Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nikon AF-S 50mm F1.8G: Day 2

Didn't have a lot of time yesterday to do any serious testing, but I did this afternoon and I'm impressed. The sharpness of the AF-S 50mm F1.8G is superior to the 50mm F1.8D where it counts, F1.8.

Sample Shot #1

The first sample shows how sharp the new F1.8G really is at F1.8, despite the razor thin depth of field. The old AF-D lens is just too soft wide open to get an image like this. Contrast wide open still isn't great, but is improved over the AF-D. Another improvement is in the area of bokeh, which seems just a little bit smoother overall.

Sample Shot #2

The bokeh isn't as smooth as the 50mm F1.4G, but that was expected to be the case. Vignetting seems to be more apparent in the new lens, even though the new 50 has a larger filter size.

More samples to come in the days ahead.

AF-S 50mm F1.8G: First Impressions
AF-S 50mm F1.8G: Day 3
AF-S 50mm F1.8G: After One Week
Nikon AF-S 50mm F1.8G VS Nikon AF 50mm F1.8D
Nikon AF-S 50mm F1.8G Review