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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens

You Pay: $1,696.95
Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-16
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 1.9'
  • 72mm Filter Thread

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens is a fast prime lens designed to excel at its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture. Through the use of two aspherical elements, a Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon's Super Integrated Coating this lens has virtually no coma flaring or light falloff. This allows it to be used in low-light situations by maintaining edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures.

The 58mm lens features an aperture range from f/1.4 to f/16 and a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for producing pleasing out-of-focus elements, or bokeh. It also features a Silent Wave Motor for quick, quiet autofocusing and Manual/Auto mode for fast switching between auto and manual focus. Additionally, this lens has a 1.9' minimum focusing distance and a 72mm filter thread.

It uses Nikon's F mount for compatibility across Nikon's entire range of FX and DX-format DSLR cameras. Also, when used with DX-format cameras it provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 87mm, ideal for portraits.

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and excellent low-light performance
The 58mm focal length offers a blend between a standard lens and a medium telephoto, offering a natural perspective with a slight exaggeration of depth of field
Optical design includes 9 elements in 6 groups
Two aspherical lens elements assist in the correction of distortion and coma flaring
The Silent Wave Motor permits fast switching between autofocus to manual operation with Nikon's M/A mode
Nano Crystal Coating helps to eliminate internal lens element reflections
Super Integrated Coating delivers accurate colors to your camera by minimizing flaring and ghosting
Performance
Focal Length 58mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 87 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 40° 50'
DX Picture Angle: 27° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.9' (.58 m)
Magnification 0.13x
Elements/Groups 9/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.35 x 2.76" (85 x 70 mm)
Weight 13.58 oz (385 g)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens
  • 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • HB-68 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • CL-1015 Soft Lens Case
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens
     
    4.2

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

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      (2)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (26)
    • Lightweight (21)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Durable (12)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (7)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Night photography (23)
    • Low light (21)
    • Weddings (21)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Video (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Updated Review

    I have had the chance to run the 58mm f/1.4g through a few tests.

    With a little adjustment this lens produces some excellent images.

    Bottom line:...Read complete review

    I have had the chance to run the 58mm f/1.4g through a few tests.

    With a little adjustment this lens produces some excellent images.

    Bottom line: Impressive lens. It is a Nikon prime lens like the 24, 35, or 85 and as a prime it does not focus as fast or as "accurately" at 1.4 as one of the Nikon 2.8 zooms do at f 8. See my previous article on the prime focusing speed.

    Advice(please read below): For portraits, using eyes as the focus point, I shoot it at AF Fine tune +20, saving RAW+JPG , with the JPG set at maximum sharpness on the D4 and have the center button on the multi-selector set to zoom medium on press during image review so that I can check the focus on the shot.

    Please check out my site for the full review and advice.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Waited years to be disappointed.

    I'm a fashion/commercial photographer. For years I've been waiting for a lens a drop wider then my 85 1.4g (my favorite lens by far). The second the 58mm came out I jumped...Read complete review

    I'm a fashion/commercial photographer. For years I've been waiting for a lens a drop wider then my 85 1.4g (my favorite lens by far). The second the 58mm came out I jumped on it without thinking twice. Surely a 58 1.4g with a price tag higher then the 85 will produce results equally as good and even better. WRONG!
    The bokeh is fantastic and the AF is like any other prime but that's about it.
    I couldn't care less about the size. in fact I wanted a drop bigger and heavier just like my 85, I like when glass feels solid and not cheap. But let's put that aside as well.
    Whats the most important detail? The sharpness. If your lens is not super sharp at every aperture it's useless, especially if you're dropping $1700 and its a prime lens. Maybe I'm spoiled by my 85 1.4g... I rarely shoot at f1.4. I mainly shoot 1.6-2.2 and the 58 wasn't sharp at those apertures. It did get sharper as I stopped down, 2.2 was decent but my 85 is tack sharp at 1.6. Nikon either needs to drop its price tag down or fix it. They should be ashamed of putting this on the market. No one buys primes to shoot at f5.6, this is a complete joke. 3 stars for beautiful bokeh and the attempt at making a lens we really need.
    Money was not the main factor here, as I said I bought this without thinking twice. It will be getting returned.

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    5.0

    A true landscape lens

    By Michael from Santa Monica

    from Santa Monica, CA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

      I used this lens while on a photography workshop in Yellowstone and loved the results of the images. This is the fastest lens in my bag.

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      5.0

      Just as good as the other 1.4's

      By Rene Hwang photography

      from Virginia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

      If you are thinking about buying this len, I'm sure you've been reading a ton of reviews. I know I did. Many reviews I read mentioned that this lens is not as sharp as the 85mm 1.4. With this knowledge I struggled to make the purchase. But I'm glad I did buy it. It's just as good as the other Nikon 1.4's.

      Before this Lens, I had 2 other lenses, Nikon 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4. My subjects are mostly people and getting the eyes sharp is my top priority. Even more important is getting the eyes sharp while the lens is wide open because I am a bokeh freak. To me this lens is just as sharp as my other 2 1.4's wide open and the bokeh is just as fantastic.

      Go check out flicker and look for photos shot with the Nikon 58mm 1.4 and judge for yourself.

      By the way, the lens is noticeably lighter than the 35 and 85mm 1.4's. This is a huge plus for me.

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      5.0

      The Impossible Lens aka NOCT Killer

      By Noct Killer

      from Maryland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

        Nikon's 58mm f/1.4G is a lens ahead of its time and is so misunderstood since the trend in photography seems to be leaning towards ultra sharp, boring, and clinically sterile. If you're old enough to remember using Nikon's 58 f/1.2 Noct Nikkor you will fall in love with this lens, it is that good. This lens is better than the Noct and even has autofocus. The bokeh and the way you subject transitions into a dreamy field of blur is simply amazing and pops out at you as if you were looking at a 3D image. Did I say bokeh? Points of light are turned into a kaleidoscope of color fading into blur. You just don't get that old school look with these modern lenses.After owning this lens since it first came out, I have to say I don't use my 200/2 much anymore as I can get in close to my subjects and get images that have the feel of the 200/2. I have all of Nikon's f/1.4 lenses and this is my favorite.This lens shines best for shooting portraiture, even tight close in. Don't think it is a one trick pony, it works well for other types of photography. This is a wedding photographer's dream lens for that extra special feel the 85/1.4G doesn't give.Sharpness wide open is right on par with one would expect, but not crazy sharp that you can see every pore in your model's face. Autofocus is accurate and consistent shooting wide open. The thin DoF is nice, but you have to be aware of your shooting technique as this lens will point out poor technique in a heartbeat. Don't blame the lens!!The biggest complaint I read is lack of sharpness and too expensive. Well, that's all relative. There's lots of photographers getting really sharp images with the classic look to them. Price, well, I feel the lens is priced to low for what it delivers. Nikon left a lot of money on the table with this one by pricing it to low.Only complaint is I wish Nikon made the filter threads 77mm instead of 72mm.If you are looking for sterile and lifeless images please don't buy this lens.

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        5.0

        Misunderstood, but excellent!

        By Noah A

        from Columbus, OH

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Large

        Best Uses

        • Documentary
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits
        • Reportage
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

        This lens has certainly attracted a lot of controversy and negative reviews, but either I got an unusually good copy or many reviewers just don't get what this lens is all about. I've been shooting Nikon for almost 20 years and this is by far my favorite lens in the 50mm range. When used at close distances, the lens is quite sharp in the center even wide open, if you can focus accurately enough and get the subject (and photographer) not to move. But if you nail the focus it's quite beautiful. It's much better than the 50/1.4G, which I also think is an underrated lens but which suffers from CA and a hazy look wide open. This 58 has much less CA and it does not have the haze of the 50/1.4G.It's even sharper at f/2-2.8 and due to the slightly longer focal length, you still get very beautiful, out-of-focus backgrounds. When you're shooting close up, the edges might suffer a bit wide open, but they sharpen up nicely after f/2.8. This makes for a great portrait lens. I suppose if you're shooting brick walls or test charts, it might not be ideal. But in the real world it's a fabulous lens for portrait work. Sharpness aside, the lens just renders beautifully. While the edges might not be as sharp as they would be with a $4k Zeiss Otus or $8k Leica Apo Summicron, they're very pleasing and there is no ugly smearing. And for portraits it's not an issue, since the corners are going to be outside of the depth of field anyway.At distance, the lens has something of a different character. It's relatively sharp even wide open, much sharper than the 50/1.4G and with less CA and haze. I mostly shoot landscapes at f/5.6-7.1, but I wouldn't hesitate to use this at f/2.8 for handheld work or aerials, for example, where I need a fast shutter speed and good sharpness at infinity.At night, the 58 has less flare and ghosting than the 50/1.4G. This is a big deal if you shoot urban or industrial scenes with light sources in the frame at night. Of course, the lens was designed to minimize coma as well.Personally, I like lenses that have great character for portraits and reportage work close up, and that are sharp for landscapes at infinity. This lens suits those two needs very well. If I had to list some cons, it would be the size and the price. Frankly, if you look at the size of the lens elements, I'm not sure why Nikon had to make this lens so large. Maybe they wanted it to look cool or compete with the Canon 50/1.2L, but it seems like it could have been smaller. Having said that it's not overly heavy and it balances well on my D800E bodies. Some reviewers have commented on its build quality. It's certainly not as heavy as some other lenses like the fast 85s or the 35/1.4, but it also has smaller lens elements. I think the build quality seems fine, though only time will tell for sure.The price is a real issue for some folks, and with good reason. If you're worried about the cost, perhaps you'd be better served by the 50/1.4G, which is also a really good lens despite some minor shortcomings. But if you're using the lens professionally and if you rely on your gear for your livelihood, then the lens starts to make sense. If you consider the cost over 5-7 years, it becomes more reasonable. But that's a personal decision for each photographer.I will say that the 58mm lens is a more balanced, well-behaved lens than many other normal lenses. Also, I'm a huge fan of the 35mm and 50mm lens combo. While it's a little close in terms of spacing, they're my two favorite focal lengths. The 58 has changed that, the extra length fits in better with the 35mm. I like the 58mm focal length because it still feels natural or 'normal' but the tiny bit of extra reach makes for great portraits. As an aside, the 58/1.4G also matches very well with the 35/1.4G in terms of rendering and character. I'll be using this combo for a long time...

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        2.0

        too expensive for what it is

        By joe blow

        from new york

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

          I am a boke addict, so I picked up this lens for a smaller, lighter lens that could get me similar results to my Zeiss 100/2, Nikon 85 and Nikon 200/2
          not being a sharpness junkie, I ignored many posts/ images online and chalked it up to user error/ sample variation

          however
          the lens is not anyway sharp until 2.8
          to call it a Noct replacement is a joke
          and yes, I have one

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          5.0

          A Wonderful Lens

          By Brian

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

          This lens is not the sharpest. It doesn't focus the fastest, but it takes me into a wonderland of rich color and smooth bokeh. When the sun goes down it maintains great skin tone and artificial light clarity. It definately will take some practice using, but once you understand its strengths, I believe you won't want to take it off your camera.

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          1.0

          Disappointed

          By McRob

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Slow Focus
            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

            Purchased this lens because it has a maximum aperture of 1.4. The only problem is you cannot use this lens wide open. When it's wide open you get out of focus images. Serious back focus issues. At around F2.8 and above the focus corrects itself and all is well again. I tried it on three of my camera's, D4S, D4, and D800. All camera's showed the same issue. Because of the focus correcting itself at F2.8, you cannot correct using focus adjustment in camera.It's really disappointing that you can pay this much for a F1.4 lens and not be able to use it wide open. Nikon should have called it a F2.8 lens and cut the price in half.I tried to write a negative review on the Nikon web site, as above and Nikon would not post it.

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            5.0

            Excelente

            By Eduardo

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

              Excelente lente.Cumpre muito bem a sua função.Comparando com a 85mm f/1.4, a 58mm é mais versátil além de fazer bons retratos

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              5.0

              Excelente

              By Eduardo

              from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                  Comparando esta lente com a 85mm f/1.4, a 58mm cumpre melhor a sua função noa retratos.Excelente!

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                  5.0

                  special kind of lens

                  By duo maria

                  from kuwait

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                  I sold my 85 1.4 for this lens thats how bad I wanted it. Indeed its a special kind of lens . Wide open 1.4 is a little soft but the shot you get with it you cant achieve with any other lens . Believe me you i coupled it with my nikon df . Its a great couple . I have now a camera to remember . The lens is light weight and is my go to lens for portrait .perfect . For street just right . For landscape not bad . The perfect lens in my opinion . As I said special

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                  4.0

                  Nice feel, well balanced

                  By Dark Sol

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                    My primary use for the lens is wedding portraits when I am to close to use my 85mm. The lens handles very well. I have big hands to the larger barrel size make it easier to use then the 50mm 1.4. My lense tends to back focus but I should be able to correct for this in camera. I will also be using manual focus frequently. My bigest problem was the price of the lens. I like the focal length and it completes my set of 1.4 lenses (24mm, 35mm, 58mm, 85mm). I'll shoot with it this season and update this review at the end of the year.

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                    4.0

                    Accurate review from a professional

                    By AlvahPhotos

                    from Leominster MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                      I'm a professional wedding and portrait photographer and I was definitely hesitant about purchasing this lens because of the mixed reviews. Many people don't know how Nikon lenses work and don't know how to calibrate them using the AF fine-tune feature in most cameras. I'm using this on my D4 and I had to dial in +10 for it to be accurate. Also, the depth of field is very shallow at f1.4 so if you shift your weight just slightly, it will throw off your focus. At first I was using this during indoor, natural light shoots and thought it was great, then I used it during an outdoor engagement session and it really shined. The focus was dead-on, quick enough to capture people in motion, and had great contrast. I already own the 50mm 1.4G but this lens has a cleaner, more contrasty image due to the improved optics and nano crystal coating. The extra 8mm in focal length helps to throw things out of focus just a little bit more and that is the look that I like. People that are just starting out with photography won't understand the little things but if you're a real professional it's worth having this lens. It's definitely a lot of dough for what it is but I'm willing to shell out the coin to have the look that I want when I'm creating portraits. It's very light because it's mostly plastic but it seems durable enough because I'm not photographing war zones or anything really dusty or harsh.

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                      3.0

                      Waited years to be disappointed.

                      By Dani Diamond

                      from NYC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                      I'm a fashion/commercial photographer. For years I've been waiting for a lens a drop wider then my 85 1.4g (my favorite lens by far). The second the 58mm came out I jumped on it without thinking twice. Surely a 58 1.4g with a price tag higher then the 85 will produce results equally as good and even better. WRONG!
                      The bokeh is fantastic and the AF is like any other prime but that's about it.
                      I couldn't care less about the size. in fact I wanted a drop bigger and heavier just like my 85, I like when glass feels solid and not cheap. But let's put that aside as well.
                      Whats the most important detail? The sharpness. If your lens is not super sharp at every aperture it's useless, especially if you're dropping $1700 and its a prime lens. Maybe I'm spoiled by my 85 1.4g... I rarely shoot at f1.4. I mainly shoot 1.6-2.2 and the 58 wasn't sharp at those apertures. It did get sharper as I stopped down, 2.2 was decent but my 85 is tack sharp at 1.6. Nikon either needs to drop its price tag down or fix it. They should be ashamed of putting this on the market. No one buys primes to shoot at f5.6, this is a complete joke. 3 stars for beautiful bokeh and the attempt at making a lens we really need.
                      Money was not the main factor here, as I said I bought this without thinking twice. It will be getting returned.

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                      5.0

                      Dont judge a book by its cover...

                      By Supermario

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        Given all the controversy behind this lens, it really stands out. It's unique in its rendering and gives you a special look. It is a great "noct" replacement and might be a legend in itself.

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                        3.0

                        GOOD, NICE LENS, BAD VALUE FOR THE MONEY

                        By Tomcat

                        from Pasadena, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus
                        • Unsharp

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        Disclaimer: My photography is in weddings and general day to day shooting. I do not shoot night skies, or point sources of light at night, which this lens is believed to be made for as the new Noct f/1.2.To summarize, this new 58mm f/1.4 feels very much like a mini 85mm f/1.4G which is lighter, not as sharp and slightly more expensive. It's hazy soft at f/1.4 (it's soft in all the lighting conditions i tested it in), acceptable at f/2.0 and sharp at f/4.0. Its sharpness characteristic is very similar to the 50mm f/1.4G, but it has very nice soft rendering of colors and out of focus areas at f/1.4 unlike the 50mm. If you need a shorter focal length than 85mm, yet you want to keep the nice colors and bokeh, and doesnt mind about the price, this lens might be for you.Again, I understand everyone's definition of sharpness might be different depending on the lens and body ownership. I do have a small share of lenses and I am drawing my comparison from the experience with other lenses.It feels noticeably lighter (feels very much like the plasticky 85mm f/1.8G), has a weird 72mm filter thread and a relatively expensive price tag. AF is slow, just like the 50mm and the 85mm, presumably to try to get perfect focus at such shallow depth of field. I actually like the focal length, it's not as close in as the 85mm and not as wide as 35mm or 50mm, this can be a nice focal length for certain portraits. I tested it on a D800E, after AF fine tuning and constantly use images taken with live view as a benchmark for sharpness to avoid any AF errors from the camera body. If the lens is this unsharp at f/1.4, I personally do not see the need for Nikon to make this a f/1.2, as it will just get worse. However, I can imagine many might find the softness perfect for portraits.There's no doubt buyers have many choices at this price point: the 50mm 1.8 1.4 85mm 1.4 1.8 or even the sigma 50mm. So unless you absolutely need a best 58mm that nikon has to offer, you will probably be ok with any other lens. In weddings we use Sigma 35 Nikkor 85G and the trinity, and occasionally 24G 105G 50G....now that this lens is in the bag I will see how often this lens gets used in the next few months.If you want to have a single lens for your new Df, this might be it other than the 50mm f/1.8G. It's light, has AF and produce images with very soft and smooth bokeh. You will pay a higher premium of 9 times more than the 50mmOverall, certainly a nice lens, but only if you need this focal length. If you dont mind walking further back or cropping, the Sigma 35 and Nikon 85 have very similar qualities and better sharpness for a lot less. For a D800E at least, you need to be at f/2.8-f/4.0 to have images with acceptable sharpness, for something that's priced at $[$].

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens

                        By Kahuna54

                        from Los Altos, CA, USA

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        What a super fast and sharp lens...I love it! Forget all the garbage about its cost not being worth it's advantages....this lens is really great!

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                        5.0

                        Exactly What I Wanted

                        By JoeZilch

                        from Fullerton, Ca

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        For years I've been using the truly terrible Nikon 50mm 1.4G and while I made it work for me I just was never happy with it. I've wanted a better 50-ish lens for years and here comes the 58mm 1.4G.

                        I put my money where my mouth is and bought it and I'm very happy. I like the results and that's all that matters to me. It doesn't focus super quick in low light (at least on my D800) but most of my lenses aren't that quick and I use MF for those moments. This lens is pretty easy to "hit" focus with so long as you aren't trying to MF at 1.4 and my wife even noticed the differences between my former 50 and this new 58.

                        It's lightweight which I think is nice as it still feels well built. I don't need to use a filter as the front element is so far down I'd have to drop my keys into it to scratch it.

                        The hood is a hood so there's that. The bag that comes with it won't see the light of day so there's that as well.

                        For me this is a cost v. value item. I'm getting more value out of it than I'm putting in with the cost. It's not cheap but nobody forced me to buy it either so cost/price is relative to each person.

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                        5.0

                        Updated Review

                        By Dan at Vigorotaku

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                          I have had the chance to run the 58mm f/1.4g through a few tests.

                          With a little adjustment this lens produces some excellent images.

                          Bottom line: Impressive lens. It is a Nikon prime lens like the 24, 35, or 85 and as a prime it does not focus as fast or as "accurately" at 1.4 as one of the Nikon 2.8 zooms do at f 8. See my previous article on the prime focusing speed.

                          Advice(please read below): For portraits, using eyes as the focus point, I shoot it at AF Fine tune +20, saving RAW+JPG , with the JPG set at maximum sharpness on the D4 and have the center button on the multi-selector set to zoom medium on press during image review so that I can check the focus on the shot.

                          Please check out my site for the full review and advice.

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                          5.0

                          Best 50 this side of the otus

                          By docsid

                          from chicago, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                            50mm is a focal length that I use a lot along with the 85mm on FX. I have tried most mainstream 50s from nikon including the 1.8g. 1.4g and the sigma 50 1.4. This lens beats all of them in wide open sharpness and contrast. Color rendition is very pleasing. IF to OOF transition is the best among the mentioned lenses. My copy is very good in locking focus in low light situations. Folks who have inconsitent focus should send the lens back for replacement as this lens is better than both nikon 50s and sigma in acquiring and keeping focus. I only wish this was cheaper as 1700 is steep. At around 1000 this would have been a no brainer.

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                            3.0

                            Judge for yourself

                            By Dan at Vigorotaku

                            from Dan at Vigorotaku

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens:

                              I just wanted to put up a few pics to address the AF focus issue that some people have said they experienced. You can judge for yourself. I will write up a full review when I have had more time with this lens. There are so many aspects to a lens to be explored and I would like to have more time before I pass judgement. I gave the lens only 3 stars for now because it is a respectful rating for now. (Essentially no rating - which I wish was an option.)There are two photos. Both are shot with a D4 and the 58mm 1.4G at 1.4. The first is with full sharpening and the second is with no sharpening. both are center crops of the larger image at a distance of 6 feet. The 20cm mark was aligned with the plane of the books. One thing I will say is - if you are going to zoom in to 100% to scrutinize a lens, please make sure that you have actually done so with other lenses so that you have an understanding of what images look like at 100% with and without sharpening.

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