By Andrew Liszewski
Whenever someone with a new DSLR asks what’s the first lens they should buy to complement their kit lens, the answer is usually a 50mm prime- ƒ1.4 if you’ve got the money, and ƒ1.8 if you don’t. They’re sharp, fast and as a result produce some fantastic shallow depth of field shots. However, if you’re the owner of one of Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs, like say the D40, the company’s standard 50mm prime will work just fine, except for the autofocus. The lens lacks its own AF motor, and to keep their entry-level cameras at entry-level prices, they’re also lacking the necessary hardware to take over AF duties. So you always have to focus manually.
For years now Nikon users have been hoping for a newer version of the company’s 50mm lens, and last week it looks like their dreams have almost come true. Nikon had posted a page showcasing a new AF-S 50mm ƒ1.8G lens that has since been taken down. But Nikon Rumors managed to save a screenshot detailing the lens in all its glory. It’s listed as an FX format lens but will work on both FX and DX bodies making it compatible with every DSLR in Nikon’s lineup. As for pricing, we’ll know that once Nikon decides to make this all officially official, but optimistically we’d like to see if fall somewhere in the $150 price range.