The Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF-S is to many people the perfect companion for your average photographer. Headshots, Fashion and some street work all come easily in a trim little package. However, it does have it’s drawbacks.

Just like any prime lens you are permanently stuck in Neutral, with no where to go. There’s no reverse for example, allowing you to zoom in an out of tight spaces, such as offices or small rooms. There is also no forward gear, no zooming in on an eye or a small object on a table. No, and these things are important, but what it doesn’t have it replaces with something a little more delightful. Tonnes and tonnes of dreamy Bokeh.

Meet the standard photographer’s Ferrari.

Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF-S

For such a small machine, it also packs a powerful and fairly silent engine. It comes with SWM, or Silent Wave Motor to enthusiasts, and it really is quieter then it’s baby Sister the 35mm. It also comes with SIC, a Super Integrated Coating on the optical elements of all Nikon Lens, plus the M/A switch which allows you to go from a Manual to Automatic seamlessly. But these are nothing compared to the dept of field or bokeh offered by this little beauty.

Massage table with items used in a parlour photographed by the street photographer's guide

Add to this it’s low light capabilities and you have a little gem. If there’s one piece of advice I would give to people who are new to photography, it’s learn how to use your camera manually. Brands are irrelevant in low light using automatic or auto mode. The lens will fetch and in some cases with the flash turned off, not capture anything, thus not work. So understanding Shutter Speed, ISO and Aperture, will help you understand what your lens is capable of.

Rating: 8/10

Price at time of piece $219.95