By Eric Yang
on 4.28.11

When it comes to great lenses it seems like innovation still happens at a glacial pace. Of course, one could just blame it on an age where new mobile phones are announced every 29 hours, but we digress. Good things come to those who wait and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S ($220) is certainly just that. Sure, it may look similar to its Nikkor predecessor but inside you’ll find piles of new technology: built-in ultra-fast Silent Wave Motor technology for self-focusing on all Nikon cameras, a focus-mode switch, and most importantly an aspherical lens optical setup — something usually not found in this price range, which yields creamier background blur and better contrast. Long story short, better photos.

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