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?

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Key dif­fer­ences

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).

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