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

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.9'
  • Filter Thread: 72mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens from Nikon 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 balanced 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, near-silent 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, including two aspherical lens elements which assist in the correction of distortion and coma flaring
The Silent Wave Motor provides fast and quiet autofocus the M/A mode permits fast switching between autofocus to manual operation
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, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
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
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  • 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap
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  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (29)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Durable (13)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (8)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Pricey / poor value (4)

    Best Uses

    • Night photography (24)
    • Weddings (23)
    • Low light (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Video (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (6)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Misunderstood, but excellent!

    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...Read complete review

    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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    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

    Look no further for wedding photography

    By Noinker

    from MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I purchased this lens for wedding photography. I must say I had the urge to sell it a few times but I'm glad I didn't. The more I used this lens at weddings, the more I loved it. This lens takes time getting used to. You must have a professional body to have the best AF system, IMHO. The images that come out of this lens are AMAZING! The oval-like bokeh and 3D rendering is just phenomenal.

        However, if you're in a market for only ONE portrait lens, get the 85mm f/1.4G at this price. Or better yet, save money and get the best value for the money lens- the 85mm f/1.8G. The reason why I don't own an 85mm is because I also own a 70-200VRII which complements my 58mm f/1.4G better than the 85mm f/1.4G would.

        Overall- awesome lens!!

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        5.0

        Simply Amazing.

        By Speedgraphic

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

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

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

        Sharpness freaks need not apply, this one ain't for you. Unbelievable rendering at 1.4 and 2.0, and if you're stopping down further than that, it simply preforms as you would expect from a pro lens, sharp with good contrast.

        What this lens is for: Subject isolation, soft portraits, shooting interesting details. It's a dream lens at a wedding, or portrait session. What it's not for: sterile, tack sharp imaging. This is essentially a portrait optic. It's very sharp, but not harshly sharp. There probably isn't a huge benefit to using this on a D810 over a 16 or 25mp sensor. You won't see much more detail. I use it on my Df, and it's sharp down the pixel level, assuming I nailed focus.

        Given that it's a 58mm you can focus close on a person's face and not see the distortion you get with a 50mm, a subtle difference, but great for my line of work. You get the advantages of a longer lens with the ability to stand closer to your subject.

        It is very demanding on an AF system. You may to have calibrate it with your AF adjustment tool. I personally did not need to, but many people have. The Df and it's mediocre 39pt system has been able to keep up with it, and I imagine a finer system like the 51pt version would be even better. You'll miss a lot at first though. When I'm working fast or from a distance I often use F2.0 just so I know I get it.

        This is a specialty lens for specialty images. If you hear Leica people talk about the Noctilux, well this is Nikon's Noctilux! (The extra 8mm gives it a very similar DoF to an F1.0 50mm lens) This lens makes my digital and 35mm images look a lot more like the beautiful dimensional images I get from medium format.

        I think the negative reviews of this lens comes from people with the wrong expectations. It's about image rendering, not absolute sharpness.

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        3.0

        Good specialty lens

        By arthury

        from Sammamish, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Bokeh Is As Promised
        • It Is A People Lens
        • Light Very Light

        Cons

        • Contrast Is Not High
        • Focusing Speed Is Below
        • Sharpness Is Questionable

        Best Uses

        • Artsy People Shots

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

        It is a specialty lens, made primarily for shooting people.
        It's a low contrast lens so shooting people in high contrast situations is great.
        Not a landscape or nature lens: color is muted and contrast is too low.

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        5.0

        A temporary lapse of reason?

        By Hans Wurst

        from MT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Nope. This thing fits right in line with Nikon's outstanding 24, 35 & 85mm f1.4G lenses(IMHO). Enough said! ;-)

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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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

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                      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

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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

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                          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

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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

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                            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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