50mm lenses are the most cherished  lenses of many many photographers, first because in a full frame camera has that vision field that equals the field of vision than the human eye can observe. And on the other hand a on crop frame is the perfect lens for portrait photography, getting that glamor effect that we all enjoyed in portrait photography and also in corporate business photos.

That is to say that the “nifty fifty” are always a “must have” in any “camera bag”.

For those who do not know the Chinese YongNuo manufacturer, it is a manufacturer that is wel konwn fo their flash’s and triggers compatible with Canon and Nikon that stand out for their good quality and affordable price.

Recently the Yongnuo made furor in the market by launching a 50mm 1.8 compatible with Canon is almost a copy of the Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 first genaration, konwn as “plastic fantastic” and when I say almost a copy, it’s because in reality it is not a copy. It’s design is completely different despite being aesthetically very similar.

But the agitation was due to the price charged, because the Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8, it was already very affordable, and the Yongnuo did the lens much more affordable than the Canon price.

But the best is yet to come, is that in terms of quality Yongnuo, being a manufacturer with much less years on the lens market that Canon did not disappoint, the lens was a worldwide success and encouraged YongNuo to continue to manufacture lenses, which they made,  so they also released for the Canon a 35mm F2.0 lens.

It is time to speak of the lens that we bring you today for analysis, specifically the 50mm F1.8 for Nikon recently launched and we have the honor of being the first to test worldwide.

Review Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

 

Specifications

Optic construction: 6 elements in 5 groups

Minimum aperture: f16

Number of blades: 7

Minimum focus distance: 0.45M

Lens filter: 58mm

Máx diâmeter: 74mm

Lenght: 60mm

Weight 203g

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

 

Package:

In the box you will find the lens properly packed in a plastic bag with a small dehumidifier silica to prevent any moisture. You will not find any plastic hood or any protective pouch. However unlike some Nikon kit lenses that only bring a protective plug at the rear, this lens comes to “lens cap” front and rear.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

Build Quality:

This lens aims to compete directly with the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G and for that YongNuo used premium materials. To start the outer area of the lens is made of high quality plastic material, with the roughness very similar to the material used by Nikon and the rubber ring slides smoothly. The autofocus motor surprised me very positively because it is fast and not so noisy as i was expecting, comparable to any new lens from Nikon or Canon brands.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8
Lenscap front and rear

This lens comes away with a relatively large window, like the Nikon lens. The manual focus ring is quite good considering that we are talking about a lens with a highly competitive price level, beyond that its movement is smooth and precise.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8
Distance window

I did not feel any “lag” when fococusing by hand on the internal parts, this means that you can use it on manual mode at any time, by changing the switch to MF.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8
Autofocus switch MF/AF

The mount is metal and contacts are gold plated to allow increased confidence in difficult situations. Its construction was made to be functional and intuitive, the AF/MF button is placed in the right place. It is a lens that can stay in your “camera bag” forever.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8
Gold plated contacts

Contactos revestidos a ouro

Image quality and performance

The project included a six-element and an aspherical glass that seeks to correct the curvature of the lens and ensure sharper files on cameras with many megapixels, such as the D800 or the new D500 mainly on the edges. But close to the maximum aperture and on new sensors you may experience some loss of sharpness, but nothing that makes you think twice, I think for the price this lens costs, the investment on it is a good choice.

If you are not a professional photographer, and You will not make large prints, will not feel any difference from YONGNUO YN50 mm F1.8 to the lens NIKKOR 50MM F / 1.8G. I noticed some difficulty focusing at 1.8, which did not happen in smaller openings.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

Colors

Chromatic aberrations: I did not notice any major problems, even when photographed at night or in low light, when I edited the photos in Lightroom, I did not feel any problems with strange colors in blur.

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

 Bokeh

Yongnuo YN50 mm F1.8

 

Colors and bokeh are the reason why most photographers buy a prime 1.8, 1.4 or even 1.2, most of us are addicted to “Bokehliscious” and the colors this lens does not disappoint, I confess that I was very curious to see as would be the performance of this lens with respect to the bokeh. And I can say that the seven internal blades that YONGNUO YN50 mm F1.8 is equipped, makes bokeh created by it is in my opinion a bit higher than the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G lens, and higher than many 1.8 lens that i already tested, perhaps only surpassed by Sonnar T * FE 55mm F1.8 ZA from Sony. (but here we enter Zeiss lenses, another level)

Bokeh is smooth and colorful, much closer to the Canon 50mm f / 1.2L than any other lens. But here we speak of a lens of around $ 89, we are talking about an entry lens, with far fewer elements and designed to be simple and economical.

 

Final toughts

With this price, a construction very similar in quality to the manufacturer Nikon and a bokeh, as “creamy” as possible. The YONGNUO YN50 mm F1.8 is a great starting point for those who want to buy a prime. the best value for money that you can get. My experience with this lens was a very positive surprise, and a  factor to justify investing in this brand.

I want to mention here that comparisons with the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f / 1.8G I made here are inevitable, and frankly lead to think that there is here a ‘gap’ in terms of values with the lenses of market leading manufacturers, with this I do not want here to say that this lens is better than Nikon, but to draw attention that perhaps for most advanced amateur and amateur photographers who want to buy a prime, maybe the value for money weighs more on the side of YongNuo.

My thanks to Yongnuo and all the crew that make this review possible.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Package
6
Buid quality
8
Design and ergonomics
8
Usage
7
Photo quality
7
Value for money
9
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10 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!
    This lens have some problems in AF mode on DSLR like D5100 or D5200?
    On YouTube I see more than 3 video the same problems for Yongnuo 50mm lens for Nikon.

  2. Hi,
    I went through the review and I must say that it’s very interesting and informative along with clear views.
    I have a question that, I am thinking to buy the same and I want to cross check that this lens is has full compatibility with Nikon D3300 or not?
    Thanks
    Dhananjay Sharma

    • Yes its compatible, but since the 3300 its a crop frame, you will have not 50mm but 75mm, because the crop factor is 1.5.

  3. Hola, tengo una nikon 5200 y me regalaron el 50mm de yongnuo. Me pareció muy bueno y saque unos retratos de mi nieta increíbles. Lo recomiendo.

  4. Comment: Pls is Yongnuo 100mm compatible with Nikon out ? cos i tried finding it online, but i can’t find it. And if there is, does it work in Live mode (i.e) for video. Thanks

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