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Nikon Announces New 50mm f/1.8 Lens with Silent Wave Motor

Nikon Announces New 50mm f/1.8 Lens with Silent Wave Motor

Nikon has announced a brand new  AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, which updates the 2002 AF 50mm f/1.8D lens. The new lens comes with a built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which means it can be used with both FX and DX cameras as well as entry-level DX cameras like the D5100 which don't come with auto-focus motors built in.

Price and availability to be announced.

The press release follows:

TOKYO- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G, a fast, normal 50mm fixed focal length (prime) lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is compatible with Nikon FX-format digital-SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G offers the pleasing blur characteristics and three-dimensional rendering capabilities possible only with a fixed focal length (prime) lens at a very reasonable price. A new optical design that enables f/1.8 maximum aperture brightness and utilizes an aspherical lens element has been adopted for this lens, which achieves superior rendering performance for excellent image quality even with shooting in dimly lit indoor settings.

The built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures quiet autofocus operation. What's more, the SWM means that autofocus shooting is also
possible when the lens is used with entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras such as the D5100 and D3100, which are not equipped with an autofocus drive motor.

Nikon has long had the support of professional and advanced amateur photographers for its consistent development of innovative products that respond to the demands of users and are equipped with the optical technologies Nikon has spent years cultivating as a manufacturer of optical devices. Nikon intends to continue to expand and strengthen the NIKKOR lineup with the steady release of new, high-performance lenses that offer advanced functions.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Primary Features

- A bright and fast, normal 50mm fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of
f/1.8

Adoption of the 50mm focal length and f/1.8 maximum aperture enables the simple capture of images exhibiting pleasing blur characteristics with hand-held shooting, even in dimly lit indoor settings. This lens is perfectly suited to the spontaneous capture of the intended subject with snapshots and landscape photos. When this lens is used with a Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera, the effective angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a 75-mm focal length.

- A new optical design utilizing an aspherical lens element enables superior rendering performance

- Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing

- Equipped with two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

- A size and weight that makes it very portable

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