Does YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 Lens Work with Nikon D5300?

YONGNUO 50mm f1.8 lens If you’re curious whether or not YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens work with Nikon D5300, then you’re about to get the answer to this question. I’m a Nikon D5300 user and the first extra lens I bought is YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens. So I can confirm you that YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens works with Nikon D5300.

It’s always good to do a little bit of research before buying any type of camera gear. If you’re reading this blog post, it shows you’re a smart person who thinks this through. I’m hopeful that this lens purchase would help you grow as a photographer whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional.

A quick disclaimer about this blog post: please do your research before buying this lens. I’m quite happy with this lens. Maybe, you’d find someone who isn’t quite satisfied with this lens. So don’t make your purchase decision based on my opinion. I’m no expert at photography or camera gear.  

Since you’re interested in this lens, it shows that you either heard of it or you came across this lens through a YouTube video. I want to give you a brief overview of this lens so that you could make an informed decision.

Let me remind you that this is coming from a YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens user. However, I don’t consider myself a camera gear expert, but when you spend money on a product, you dig into it before buying it. That’s exactly what I did before buying this lens.

YONGNUO 50mm f1.8 lens work with Nikon D5300

YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 Lens Overview

YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 is a compact prime lens best for Nikon F-mount DSLRs. It’s compatible with Nikon D5300 as it has Nikon F-mount, which is the whole point of this blog post. It comes with a 50mm focal length with an f/1.8 maximum aperture for bright pictures. It’s equipped with multi-coated glass elements that reduce the effects of lens flare and ghosting and bring out the best contrast and color accuracy.

The lens has an AF/MF switch on the lens which allows users to switch between focusing methods. The auto-focus mode isn’t bad for portrait photography and could work out quite well for product photography as well. Furthermore, the compact size and design, plastic body, metal bayonet lens mount, and gold-plated contacts make this prime lens quite a competitor to Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Key Elements of YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens

I’d give you a rundown on the key features that this prime lens has to offer. Let’s take a look:

Compactness

YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens doesn’t feel like an average lens. What I mean is that it’s quite smartly designed. Since it’s a prime lens, which means, it doesn’t have zoom in and zooms out functionality, which is why it’s compact in size. If you grab this lens or put it in your pocket, it doesn’t like a traditional camera lens. Before buying YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens, I was using Nikon’s 18-55mm kit lens, which always seemed like a regular lens, but YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens is smaller as compared to 18-55mm. So compactness is a huge plus in this lens.

Durability

I haven’t had a chance where it was dropped off my hand or something, but it does feel durable. You might feel otherwise when you’d hold it for the first time because of its plastic body, but that’s not the case. Perhaps, any type of camera gear could damage if drop or slip away. So you have to be careful about that without any doubt. As far as durability is concerned, it doesn’t feel like it’s a cheap lens because of its manufacturing quality.

Lightweight

I don’t have a bunch of camera lens yet because YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 is my first one, but boy, that’s one lightweight lens. Remember this is coming from someone who only used the 18-55mm kit lens, which is quite heavy, anyway. So I do consider this beautiful lens from Yongnuo as quite lightweight.

Affordable

I assume you’re a Nikon user, so you’d know how expensive Nikon lenses are. YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens is quite affordable as compared to Nikon or even Canon lenses. This lens shouldn’t cost more than $60 or so. However, there are always deals, which contain ND filters or hoods or something else that could cost up to $75. So you can check out the multiple deals to find what’s best for you.

AF/MF Button

YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens has a button for autofocus and manual focus. However, it’s very easy to switch between auto-focus and manual-focus. In my experience, auto-focus is horrible for video-making, but it’s quite good for photography. Since I’m a vlogger so I have used this both for video and photos.

YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens Specifications

Here are some technical specs of YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens:

Lens TypePrime Lens
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
FX-format Lens Best forNikon F-mount DSLRs
Multi-coated Glass ElementsIncrease contrast and maintain color accuracy
Body SizeCompact & lightweight
Gold-plated Electronic ContactsTo convey EXIF data between camera and lens
AF/MF ModesA button to switch between modes on the lens
Focal Length50mm
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48′ / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions2.91 x 2.36″ / 74 x 60 mm
Weight203 g

Your Thoughts

I’ve shared a few things I learned about YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens over the past few weeks.

I have had a chance to try out this lens, so I’ll be sharing a bunch of photo and video samples of Nikon D5300 with YONGNUO 50mm f/1.8 lens on.

My final verdict about this lens is that it’s quite affordable as compared to Nikon and Canon lenses, which makes it a great choice for beginner photographers. Plus, I also liked the quality of pictures, especially portrait photos.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this lens.