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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens
 
4.3

(based on 44 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (33)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Consistent output (18)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
  • Durable (14)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)
  • Blurry focus (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Night photography (27)
  • Weddings (26)
  • Low light (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Video (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

If the shoe fits....

I won't get as long winded as I usually do when writing lens reviews. This is a controversial lens for certain and exactly what drew my attention to it. If you shoot for arts...Read complete review

I won't get as long winded as I usually do when writing lens reviews. This is a controversial lens for certain and exactly what drew my attention to it. If you shoot for arts sake and prefer a "film like" look to your photos, and have the coin, then buy with the confidence of getting a truly superlative lens. I won't compare it to anything else as it's different to other lens, and you'll pay for that distinction. I've heard and read it all, too light, plasticky, soft, slow focusing, expensive, too much CA's, blah, blah, blah. I personally wouldn't care if it was made of sticks, leaves, bark, and tree sap, just look at how it renders an image!!! I don't shoot 50mm often, finding them a bit boring, but this has been glued to the D800E since it arrived and hasn't moved off of F1.4 much, if at all. Do yourself a favor and please watch DigitalRev TV's YouTube review which I find to most accurately summarize what I've experienced shooting it. If Kai's opinion aligns with your concept of photography then by all means buy and savor the joy it adds to your photography; your clients for sure will love their photos, they may not know why, but they'll know they do. Also don't go pixel peeping any images taken at F1.4 and you'll doubtless sleep better with your decision to buy. As always B&H was my trusted source for this hefty investment, one I'd gladly make again. A terrific addition to my extensive Nikkor stable...

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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favourite lens!

By pierred

from Toronto

Verified Reviewer

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

If you don't own this one along with others you'll wonder why not get the Sigma 50 1.4 ART which is much sharper at almost have the price. I've done sharpness but this 58 will give you sharpness and also reward you with amazing character, rendering, subject isolation, colour and bokeh.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2nd Review After 16 Months of Use

By JoE

from Milky Way

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    At first, I have been as skeptical about this lens and it's price tag as many others. But now, after having used it for quite a few months I can say this:
    - The 58/1.4 is my first choice of lens whenever it makes sense to use it: portraits, events and street photography. The contrast and color rendition are second to none.
    - Yes. Focusing is challenging at close distances and low light. But what prime lens is not challenging to work with?
    - Robustness? This lens, attached to a D3s body, fell of the roof of a house 10 days ago - a total of 16 ft. of a fall, of which 9 ft. were free fall onto a wooden deck. Both, camera and lens worked flawlessly afterwards. The argument that some make about new pro lenses "feeling like plastic" never made sense to me. According to the laws of physics, the force exercised to a body is proportional to the ac/deceleration and mass of the body. In other words - have you ever dropped a feather and found it broken upon picking it up from the floor? No.
    This lens is amazing. Overall I would say it performs equally to the 24/1.4 and 200/2 that I have owned for may years. It's not as academically sharp as some of the newer f1.8 lenses that Nikon produces(which I use, too), but it beats those in terms of color and contrast fidelity any day.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Cecelia

    from NYC

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

    Very nice Len. Love it!

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    (0 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Focus falls off

    By Bjarne

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

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

      I only saw one so so review regarding the focus on this lens, and it really surprises me. I am also a professional fashion and advertising photographer, and I know my stuff.

      Ive had my 58mm in for service at Nikon twice and it comes back with the same issues.

      1. Its a very cheaply made lens, you can feel that the housing is nothing but plastic.

      2. The focus from f2.8-f1.4 is very bad. I even get Magenta banding on f1.4. This does not only happen on my 58mm but same thing on 2 different 58mm's I have rented.

      3. The focus on my lens drops off towards the edges.
      Lets say you focus on your models eyes and then re-crop your image to get head and feet in, then you get a very blurry face.

      4. My buddy owns the Nikon 60mm f2.8G. We just did a test with this lens on my body, just as sharp and no focus fall off.

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      4.0

      Great lens but...

      By jsl

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a great lens. Its well built, produces great focus transition, renders colors well and creates images with character. The 58mm is a pleasing perspective. However when paired with my D810 it does not produce clinically sharp images on a pixel level. I give this lens 4 stars because it didn't suit my needs, and I expect a $ lens to be able to produce these type of images with more sharpness. I'm sure that when paired with a lower megapixel body it may perform better. In comparison, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G performs better on sharpness, and it's about 1/3 of the price of the 58. If you shoot with anything other than D8xx bodies, and have deep pockets, definitely give this lens a try. It performs similarly to a Fujifilm X-T1 paired with the 35mm f/1.4.

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        (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        If the shoe fits....

        By Steve O.

        from Peabody, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I won't get as long winded as I usually do when writing lens reviews. This is a controversial lens for certain and exactly what drew my attention to it. If you shoot for arts sake and prefer a "film like" look to your photos, and have the coin, then buy with the confidence of getting a truly superlative lens. I won't compare it to anything else as it's different to other lens, and you'll pay for that distinction. I've heard and read it all, too light, plasticky, soft, slow focusing, expensive, too much CA's, blah, blah, blah. I personally wouldn't care if it was made of sticks, leaves, bark, and tree sap, just look at how it renders an image!!! I don't shoot 50mm often, finding them a bit boring, but this has been glued to the D800E since it arrived and hasn't moved off of F1.4 much, if at all. Do yourself a favor and please watch DigitalRev TV's YouTube review which I find to most accurately summarize what I've experienced shooting it. If Kai's opinion aligns with your concept of photography then by all means buy and savor the joy it adds to your photography; your clients for sure will love their photos, they may not know why, but they'll know they do. Also don't go pixel peeping any images taken at F1.4 and you'll doubtless sleep better with your decision to buy. As always B&H was my trusted source for this hefty investment, one I'd gladly make again. A terrific addition to my extensive Nikkor stable...

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          5.0

          Professional Photographer

          By Gianelle

          from CA

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

          Okay, I really did quite of bit of studying on this lens, read about what seemed to be a hundred reviews, you tube videos. Spoke to fellow photographers, and finally after about 3 weeks took the plunge. I bought this lens for special photography, specially people portraits, for indoor and outdoor. Bokeh on my copy is completely equal to my Nikons 24, 35, 85, and now 58 1.4s, creamy buttery backgrounds, with that 3D look. First thing I did out of the box was fine tune it with my Nikon D4S, as I do with all my primes, mine needed a +18 fine tune, which is not unusual, my other primes are between +10 and +18. It is very sharp now, not the snappiest focus, but that's okay, the photographs this lens puts out between 1.4 and 2.8 are fabulous, doubt I will ever shoot it any narrower, to me, that's why I buy expensive primes, to shoot them wide open, or very close to it. I think this lens will be seeing it's share of time on my camera, and hopefully make me $$$$. If you're an experienced photographer, YES, I would recommend !

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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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

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                      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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