NIKON 50mm f/1.8D vs 50mm f/1.8G
Two of the cheapest lenses that Nikon make, and they seem so, so similar. So which do you choose?
01 The G lens has a built-in autofocus motor. It can be used successfully with all Nikon digital SLRs.
02 The D lens has no built-in motor, so will not offer AF on the D40, D40x, D60, D3000 series or D5000 series.
03 Both lenses open up to f/1.8, but the D lens can close down to f/22, while the G can only offer f/16.
04 The D lens has a manual aperture ring – essential if
you want to use it on an old Nikon 35mm film SLR.
05 The G lens allows you to focus the lens manually even if it is switched to AF mode; just turn the focus ring. With the D lens, you need to switch AF off first.
06 The D lens has a 52mm filter ring, while the G version’s thread is 58mm.
07 The G lens comes with a lens hood; this is an optional extra on the D (£22/$19).