Nikon Rumors is reporting a new 50mm f/1.8 from Nikon. 50mm lenses offer a low cost entry point to experiment with super shallow depths of field and give great low light performance. Nikon and Canon both have 50mm f/1.8 lenses for under $150 (100 UK pounds). The ‘f/1.8’ means the lens can be opened to a very wide aperture, which will let in lots of light, ideal for shooting at night without a tripod. Such a wide aperture also creates a shallow depth of field making it easy to put a subject in focus and have a blurry background behind.
The significance of this new 50mm lens from Nikon is it overcomes a major drawback of the current Nikon current entry level 50mm which doesn’t include a focusing motor in the lens. This prevents it being used on Nikon’s entry level cameras where it arguably would be most valuable to have a low cost, high performance lens available. The newly announced 50mm lens is marked ‘AF-S’ meaning it can auto-focus on almost any Nikon DSLR. If you’re a D40, D60, D3000, D3100 or D5000 owner and you don’t already have a large aperture 50mm lens, then this is a great announcement for you. Price has not been announced but most likely in the 150-200 dollar range.
UPDATE 27th April:
- Official announcement made by Nikon (see press release)
- Amazon taking preorders. Price, $219 including lens hood and a case.