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My Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D


I’m a bokeh addict. My love for bokeh exist long before I even think of getting a DSLR.

What is bokeh? Bokeh are the out of focus areas in a picture. They’re real treat to the eyes. Blur, soft & mellowy… making the focus only area jump out of the picture (shallow depth of field).

Like this…

Fallen branch
What has bokeh got to do with the 50mm lens? Well, the 50mm (f/1.4 or f/1.8) are the most loved lens by bokeh fanatics as they produce the loveliest sharpness & bokeh!

I bought my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens 1 day shy of my DSLR 7th months anniversary.


My D80 Kit Lens
The first picture I took from the new 50mm lens is my current kit lens.

My what a treasure I’ve found!!! I’m so in love with this lens baby!

As I was sitting in the shop trying out the new lens, my heart call out for the f/1.4 which retails at around RM1k~RM1.8k. I can get the f/1.4D at RM1k. But after much thought I choose the f/1.8D instead which I bought at RM400. See? Different by RM600. I choose to save the money now and buy a better zoom lens with fast f/2.8 aperture later. Kekeke (mimpi aje…few ‘k’s ohh) I decided not to try the f/1.4 lens fearing I will change my heart. Haha Besides many people said f/1.8 is good enough.

The 50mm f/1.8 is known as standard prime lens. Its wide aperture allows me to shoot in low light condition (stand aside kit lens!). Being a ‘clueless’ person I’d finally figured out why my kit lens won’t produce the sharpness that I want and it fails me many times in low light. Grrrr. With the f/1.8, I can now shoot Chester and my food picture with great satisfaction.

Behind His Ear
The fur behind his ear is the softest. Ahhh nice…

Charcoal Bamboo Bread
Charcoal bamboo bread anyone? I’ve never seen a black color bread before so I bought a loaf and try it. Taste is sweet. From Tong Kee.

Another ‘ulu’ thing I want to share is prior to purchasing this lens, I’ve never change a lens before. Now? I’m a pro liao. I didn’t take off the 50mm lens for 3 weeks. But I finally took it off because I need my kit lens for some other reason.

All in all 50mm f/1.8D is the lens to go if you’re a bokeh lover. It’s especially for those who want a cheap but good performance fast prime lens. And this lens is very light too!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Dawn October 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Ahhhh, only with a DSLR. For now, I will keep coming to your site to enjoy the pics. P&S no bokeh effect!

  • Reply lex October 7, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    As low as the aperture goes, the depth of field decreases, but not all lenses give a creamy bokeh with love aperture really… one good example is the infamous Minolta f.4 beercan lens. Even at f.4 it gives one of the creamiest and gorgeous backgrounds I’ve seen compared to the typical 50mm f1.2 or 1.4… If you ever get a chance, test it out!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Dawn, meaning if you get a DSLR liao you won’t come to my blog? Haha just joking. :tongue:

    Lex, wooo then I must test it out if I ever have that chance.

  • Reply tekkaus October 8, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Beautiful shot! I wanna have DSLR too! So that I can toy around with bokeh effect! I wonder when I can own a DSLR! πŸ™

  • Reply Shivan October 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

    If you think 50/1.8 is good, try your hands on the 85/1.4. Its godly :suprised: :suprised: :kaching:

  • Reply Jason October 8, 2009 at 11:06 am

    But bokeh is so overrated. πŸ˜›

  • Reply Khengsiong October 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    You got the lens for RM400? That’s somewhat expensive…

    Canon’s 50mm f1.8 sells for around RM300.

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Tekkaus, have you heard of credit card? :tongue:

    Shivan, at RM4k… slit my throat. Haha

    Jason, nah nah no no

    Khengsiong, I called up a few shops all also quoted me RM400. I think Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 is cheaper.

  • Reply Dawn October 9, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Che-Cheh, if I get a DSLR, I will keep coming to your blog to get tips lah coz rookie mah….by then you a pro already, have to call you sifu then! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Dawn, Who knows you’re better than me. Hehe

  • Reply Beng October 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    yr photography skills r improving. i think it is not really necessarily yr new euipment. u r just getting better in terms of skills

  • Reply annant October 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    im yearning for a dslr!!!! :silly:

  • Reply jam October 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Nice bokeh pictures! I should go to grab myself one of those lens!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Beng, really? hehe thanks for the compliment. Still need to improve a lot.

    Annant, can ask mommy to buy for you lo since you’re still studying. :tongue:

    Jam, yes go get one ya. You will love it.

  • Reply keeyit October 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Bokeh is macro?

    I really like those pictures u took on Chester.. The hair so so smooth and nice….

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Keeyit, Bokeh is not macro. Bokeh is the blurry part you see in the background. Sometimes his hair is kind rough. But behind his ear… it’s always soft. πŸ™‚

  • Reply narrowband October 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

    good job che-cheh trying to poison readers ;p ;p ;p

  • Reply Angie Tan October 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Good choice!!! 50mm lens is a worthwhile investment.

    I’m looking forward to getting my walkabout lens (17-205mm or 18-250mm) but it will cost me a bomb! I’ll have to invest in an ND filter as well.

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Narrowband, hahaha poison with what?

    Angie Tan, gulp… ya coz a bomb!!!! I will have to wait longer to simpan duit haha

  • Reply lechua January 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    love bokeh effect too… also got the same lens in mid 2009…. loving it esp for child portraits. but sometimes for event photography to capture the ambience & ppl i think the 35mm f1.8 is a better range. temptation temptation

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Lechua, hi! this lens though is fast is a bit tight. I’ve not have a look at 35mm. I know Cecil owns and recommends it. I would love to have a wide angle lens. I’m dreaming of a wide angle lens but too bad no budget. Haha

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