Top Result: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR FX Lens


  • Fast focusing
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Inexpensive
  • Extremely fast aperture for low-light shooting
  • Excellent bokeh


  • Fixed focal length
  • Just a tiny bit short for some portraits, even on a crop sensor body

Note From Jim

You probably want a 50mm in your situation. The only question is if you want the 50mm f/1.8G or the 50mm f/1.8D lens. If your camera has a focus motor, you can get the 50mm f/1.8D lens, which is less expensive but not quite as good as the 50mm f/1.8G. Personally, I'd get the 50mm f/1.8G either way since it's a better lens and not too much more. But know that if you choose the f/1.8D you need to be sure your camera model has a focus motor of its own, and many Nikon crop sensor cameras don't.