If there has ever been demand for a company to produce a single lens, it’s the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens. Ever since the Nikon D40 came out (with it’s lack of AF motor), Nikon users have been clamoring for something to replace the staple 50mm f/1.8D lens. Heck, I even wrote an open letter to Nikon last year pleading for this lens with a built-in AF motor.
And, finally, it appears that they have.
Last week, Nikon briefly posted details of the new AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens on its website. (Kudos to Nikon Rumors, which grabbed a screenshot.) The lens is detailed as an FX format lens, which means it will work on every Nikon DSLR from the Nikon D40 and D5100, all the way up to the Nikon D3X.
Of course, the listing of the new lens on Nikon’s website appears to have been a slip-up. That said, if all the data was ready for prime time last week, the official announcement of the lens can’t be too far behind.
If the price is right, this lens could move to the top of the “must-have list” for new Nikon DSLR owners. Hopefully, it will be at or below the $200 range (the current 50mm f/1.8D model is in the $140 range).
If you’re a Nikon shooter, is this a lens you would use? If so, what would you be willing to pay for it?