We recently did a review of another great 50mm lens from Nikon (Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S) that costs about $219, it’s a great lens. This lens is better. The 50mm f1.8D is compatible with every Nikon camera, film cameras included, and every format (DX and FX). It’s just as sharp as the newer f1.8G but with little to no distortion (the Nikkor 50mm f1/8G AF-S has a lot of distortion and has instant manual focus by just turning the focus ring). This lens is one of the sharpest Nikon lenses available for the best price, the pros use it and so should you. You don’t need a $4000 camera either, this lens is perfect for the D5100, D3200, etc..
If your just getting started with your first Nikon DSLR then I can’t emphasize how important it is that you really take some time and look at this lens, you don’t need to spend $1900 on a zoom lens (yes I’m talking to you Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S ) The 50mm f1.8D is sharper and cheaper than the 24-70mm pro lens, it’s lighter and smaller too. This is the lens the pros (and myself, who is not a pro) throw into their pockets on a day shooting.
This lens will not auto focus on the D40 or D40x, you can still manually focus the camera and there will be confirmation in the bottom of your viewfinder when focus is achieved. Speaking of focus, focus on this lens is blazing fast (I was able to use it on the D600 and D5100). Amazon reviews will back up the obvious, this is a great lens with a lot of uses.
There it is folks. If you’re looking for a fast lens for the holidays, one that you can take shots indoors without having to use a harsh flash then drop a little over a Benjamin (that’s $100 in young people speak) and you’ve got yourself a great lens for taking pictures of the children ripping open their presents, tossing aside the clothes you got them and playing with the plastic toys that will be broken or uncool in a month.
For an example of sharpness, look about 3/4 of the way up the chain where the little spider web is.