This Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G is Nikon's latest iteration of their classic 50mm f/1.8 lens, first introduced in 1978. This new version adds the first new optics since 1978, and updates the traditional screw-focus system of 2002's Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D with a modern AF-S system. Therefore, this new lens allows instant manual-focus override simply by grabbing the focus ring at any time.
This is Nikon's first aspherical 50mm lens. Nikon's only other aspherical normal lens is the 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NIKKOR, which sells used for thousands of dollars.
This is the world's first 50mm f/1.8 that autofocuses on Nikon's cheapest DSLRs like the D3100 and D5100.
The previous 50mm f/1.8 lenses have always been stellar optical performers, as is this new lens. This new 50mm lens is among Nikon's sharpest, but so are most 50mm lenses from every maker.
Everyone needs a 50mm lens, and it's about the only lens you'll need. This 50mm f/1.8 G is super sharp, focuses perfectly, and has superb bokeh as well.
This 50mm f/1.8 G is one of Nikon's best lenses at any price, and also one of their least expensive