Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D produces mixed impression. On the one side, starting from F/2.8 the lens is very sharp at the center of the frame and the edges just slightly lag behind. Distortion won’t be a problem with APS-C sensor, the same goes for vignetting at F/1.8. Lateral chromatic aberrations are moderate at F/1.8-2.8 but won’t be noticeable with significant closing of the aperture. The build quality is very good, the housing is robust and the mount is even metallic.
On the other side, the lens does not show good quality of bokeh — the out-of-focus highlights show noticeable color outlining and you have to try a lot in order to obtain a pleasant blur. Besides, the lens actually lost its status as a general use lens because the owners of modern Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras are able to spend additional money on faster 50mm F/1.4 model, and the lens is simply not in demand (or may I even say useless?) for the owners of Nikon APS-C DSLR cameras because it lacks the built-in motor and won’t provide the AF with these cameras.
Nowadays it makes more sense to purchase such a full-frame model for your Nikon APS-C DSLR camera as Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F/1.8G which has ultrasonic AF motor and M/A function. In case of further upgrade to Nikon full-frame camera you still will be able to use it as a convenient portrait prime lens.
Author of the review and photos: Evgeny Artemov, email@example.com