Nikon announces AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens
Nikon today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, a fast, compact lens that affords photographers the versatility of the classic 50mm focal length and the benefits of a fast aperture for photos and D-movies. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G offers the pleasing blur characteristics and three-dimensional rendering capabilities possible only with a fixed focal length (prime) lens at a very reasonable price. A new optical design that enables f/1.8 maximum aperture brightness and utilizes an aspherical lens element has been adopted for this lens, which achieves superior rendering performance for excellent image quality even with shooting in dimly lit indoor settings. The built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures quiet auto focus operation. What’s more, the SWM means that autofocus shooting is also possible when the lens is used with entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR.
The new 50mm f/1.8 lens construction consists of seven elements in six groups, with one aspherical lens element to reduce instances of coma and aberration, even when shooting wide open. A rounded diaphragm opening combined with the seven-blade aperture contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a more natural appearance of out-of-focus background elements.
Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning June 16, 2011 at an estimated selling price of $219.95.