Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G (CX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon CX

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a Nikon V1 and converted from NEF to Jpeg via Capture One.

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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/320s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/4000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/4000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/2000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/4000s

Verdict

The Nikon AF-S 50/1.8 performs quite well on the V1 camera. At large apertures, the high density of the small CX sensor turns out to be a little challenging, but stopped down the lens reaches very good to excellent resolution across the whole frame.

As can be expected from a lens designed for a much larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues at all. CAs are a bit on the high side, but can easily be taken care of in post processing.

The build quality of the lens is good and in line with other Nikon lenses in this segment. Thanks to AF-S the lens focuses virtually silent and is fully compatible with the FT1-adapter (within the limits of the adapter itself, that is).

The blur potential of the lens is of course somewhat reduced compared to cameras with larger sensors. Still, the bokeh quality is on a high level, the only real issue is the quite high amount of bokeh fringing.

Given its rather low price (which is even lower than the adapter required to use it) the lens certainly is an interesting option for Nikon 1 shooters. Especially of course those, who also have a DX or FX camera.

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