Nikon 58mm f/1.4G Announcement

The most exciting announcement of the week for me personally, is the new Nikon 58mm f/1.4G, a lens that I have been waiting for many years now. This is a specialized, one of a kind lens that is basically the modern version of the Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2, a legendary manual focus lens with extreme performance that still sells for over $3000 used today. Although Nikon currently offers two f/1.4 and f/1.8 modern 50mm primes with autofocus capability in its lens lineup, the 58mm f/1.4G is a lens at a whole different level that is specifically designed to yield maximum sharpness and microcontrast, along with beautiful bokeh at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G

But why is the aperture limited to f/1.4 instead of f/1.2 like on the 58mm Noct? Many Nikonians have been waiting for f/1.2 lenses with autofocus capability for a while and the only lens with such fast aperture that is still manufactured today is the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S. Since Nikon has done it in the past, why not do it again? Canon has had f/1.2 primes with AF capabilities for a while now.

The problem with developing such a fast lens primarily lies in the limitations of the Nikon F mount. Compared to the Canon EF mount, which has a large diameter of 54mm, the Nikon F mount is only 44mm. That’s a big difference in size! If you look at the rear of the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens, you will see that even the 54mm diameter was not large enough to accommodate such a large aperture – Canon literally had to place the lens contacts right inside the lens mount. Since CPU contacts take additional space, it would be extremely difficult for Nikon to accommodate them, given how large the rear element would have to be. In addition, designing such a large aperture lens with precise autofocus is quite challenging – even slight variances in phase detection sensors would cause focus errors.

Here are some of the lens specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  2. Focal Length: 58mm
  3. Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
  4. Minimum Aperture: f/16
  5. Format: FX/35mm, DX
  6. Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 27°20’
  7. Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 40°50’
  8. Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.13x
  9. Lens Elements: 9
  10. Lens Groups: 6
  11. Diaphragm Blades: 9
  12. Super Integrated Coating: Yes
  13. Autofocus: Yes
  14. AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
  15. Internal Focusing: Yes
  16. Minimum Focus Distance: 0.58m
  17. Focus Mode: Auto, Manual
  18. G-type: Yes
  19. Filter Size: 72mm
  20. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  21. Dimensions (Approx.): 3.3 in. (85 mm) x 2.7 in. (70 mm)
  22. Weight (Approx.): 13.6 oz. (385g)

If you would like to see more details, including lens construction, please see our Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G page in the lens database.

MTF Chart

Here is the MTF Chart of the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens:

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G MTF Chart

A quick analysis:
The lens has very good contrast from center to corners. Extreme corners get a little weaker, but not by much. Resolution is also very good for f/1.4, with a slight drop in the mid-frame and weaker corners. Since sagittal and meridional lines are so close to each other, the bokeh of the lens should be phenomenal. Check out my article on reading lens MTF charts if you have any questions.

Compared to Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

Many of our readers are probably wondering how the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G would compare to the older Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, which is more than 3 times cheaper. Let’s compare the MTF charts between the two lenses:

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G vs Nikon 50mm f/1.4G MTF

The Nikon 58mm f/1.4G definitely has more contrast and resolution wide open, but not by a huge margin. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G’s performance falls off from the center pretty quickly, while the 58mm f/1.4G seems to be more balanced. However, note how the dotted lines on the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G separate from the straight lines – that’s an indication of average to poor bokeh performance. And now take a look at the 58mm, which has both lines staying very close to each other.

Hence, while we might only see a marginal improvement in sharpness at f/1.4, the bokeh of the 58mm f/1.4G should be the highlight of the lens. Expect to see more “3D-like” images produced by the 58mm! It surely will be another lens to create dreamy pictures. Wedding and portrait photographers will love this lens (Lola has already convinced me to buy one!).

Here are a couple of image samples from Nikon demonstrating the bokeh of the lens:
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G Bokeh Sample

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G Bokeh Sample #2

Here is a link to see and download high resolution files from the lens using the Nikon D800 and D4.

What about the price? Well, at $1699, this is no cheap lens. But remember, this is a specialized tool and it is not for everyone. If you do not know why you should be getting it, then you would probably be much better off with the super affordable Nikon 50mm f/1.8G (see our review and wedding photography image samples).

Press Release

Here is the official press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (October 17, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a professional grade prime lens offering a versatile 58mm perspective and excellent low-light shooting capabilities for FX and DX-format shooters. Designed to excel at night and in extreme low-light situations, this new NIKKOR lens sports a diverse feature set and optical design that make it a dependable and versatile option for daytime portraits, nighttime cityscapes or sharp HD video with a dramatic depth of field. Paying homage to the acclaimed original Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens is capable of capturing stunning photos and videos while achieving beautiful bokeh effects.

“With the development of every NIKKOR lens, Nikon aims to provide photographers with the powerful and versatile lensing options needed to capture stunning images and HD video in a variety of difficult shooting scenarios,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Combining Nikon’s storied NIKKOR legacy with renowned optical technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens presents the premier prime lensing option for FX and DX-format shooters who expect the best in low-light performance.”

Optimized for elite performance in even the most challenging low-light scenarios, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G sports a unique 58mm (87mm DX-format equivalent) fixed focal length, making it ideal for shooting both flattering portraits, landscapes and street photography. Both FX-format and DX-format shooters will appreciate a wide and fast f/1.4 aperture that helps to ensure professional-grade photos and edge-to-edge sharpness, combined with overwhelming rendering performance. Even while focusing at infinity, the lens’ high resolving power has the ability to process distant subjects with amazing clarity. Whether shooting dynamic nighttime cityscapes or astrophotography, top-class low-light performance is ensured with minimal sagittal coma, while light falloff is controlled to retain brightness and reduce vignetting, even while wide open.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens is also powered by core NIKKOR technologies designed to provide the user with the ultimate in clarity and control, and the capability to capture beautiful photos and HD video even in extreme low-light. The lens sports a rounded nine-blade diaphragm, providing both FX and DX-format shooters with a circular bokeh, allowing for dramatic sense of natural depth in landscapes and beautiful image blur. Additionally, the lens features a Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, as well as a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to help ensure quiet AF operation, even when shooting HD video. For users who want the utmost control of every frame, two focus modes are available, including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual).

Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens will be available in late October 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,699.95*. For more information on NIKKOR lenses and accessories as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Pre-Order Links

You can pre-order your copy of the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G through our trusted reseller, B&H for $1,698. Or you can also pre-order it through Adorama.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) Stefan

    Hi Nasim,

    AS we discussed many times Nikon finally announced a better 50+mm lens.
    You’re right it doesn’t look as sharp as the 60mm for example, but i think it will perform better when focus at longer distances and infinity. What do you think?
    Btw – the link to B&H doesn’t work (yet).

    • Stefan, yes, I am already drooling over this lens and cannot wait to get a hold of one. Sharpness is not the most important thing with this lens – you will be getting more 3 dimensional images from it, something the 50mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.8 are obviously much weaker at. Actually, this lens is sharper at f/1.4 than the original Noct! I have played with the Noct before and I currently own the 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S – neither is super sharp wide open and both suffer from noticeable focus shift and field curvature.

      As for the B&H link, it should be up shortly :)

      • 3
        ) Stefan

        Thanks,
        That was the first thing I noticed on the sample images – the 3D like effect of this lens – amazing!!!
        http://photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Nikon-58mm-f1.4G-Bokeh-Sample-2.jpg
        Can’t wait to order it too. I have returned several of the previous 50mm – both 1.4 and 1.8, but I think this will complete my prime set 24mm, 58mm and 85mm all f/1.4.
        I’m looking forward to see your full review and samples.

        • Stefan, nice collection you got there brother :) I also have the same set, except I added the 85mm f/1.8G and the 50mm f/1.8G to it. Lola and I needed multiple 85′s when shooting weddings and the 50mm f/1.8G replaced the f/1.4G, which was disappointingly soft at f/1.4. And now with the 58mm f/1.4G, I am back to shooting at f/1.4!

          • 7
            ) Stefan

            I tested 85mm 1.8G when it came up against my 1.4g and found that there is no difference in sharpness. My 1.4G copy was (is) very sharp. The reason I left 1.4G and returned 1.8 was color fringing – I could definitely see way more purple borders on the tree lines and other edges. Plus I was going to lose money if try to sell 1.4, so I kept it.
            Now the 1.4 trio looks very tempting. I’m planning to go out more often with just these tree primes.
            :-)

          • 8
            ) Stefan

            I do agree the 50mm 1.4 is disappointingly soft wide open!

    • Stefan, just a quick FYI – the pre-order links are now working. Placing an order for myself now…

      • 24
        ) Stefan

        Thanks, Nasim!
        I just decided to check few minutes ago and already placed the order using your link.
        I usually don’t order through affiliate links, but you deserve every single penny, because you are such a nice guy and help so many people with advices.
        Let’s get this baby!

        PS: btw, because I’m going to pre-order A& or A7R, they have very tempted Zeiss 55mm 1.8 announced.
        Any comments about that lens comparing to the new Nikkor 58mm?

        • 25
          ) Stefan

          quick question:
          I currently have D800 and pre-ordered the A7r.
          But something is torturing me inside, that D800E + A7 is a better combo.
          What do you think?

          • Stefan, I guess it depends on what you want to do with it. For me, the A7R is a much better value than the A7 for things like landscape and architecture. But if you do mostly portraits, then the A7 might be more suitable for better pixel level noise and smaller files.

            And when I spoke to my account rep at B&H today, he indicated that the ratio of A7R vs A7 is pretty big – most people are pre-ordering the A7R. This is interesting, because the poll on Sonyalpharumors.com indicated otherwise yesterday.

            • 29
              ) Stefan

              The only thing that is bugging me a little is the lack of phase detection on the A7R.
              From all announced FE lenses I think (looking at the samples and the charts) than the 55mm and the 70-200mm will be the sharpest in the line. The 35mm 2.8 and the 24-70 will be ok, but not superb I think.

          • Lack of phase detection is a disadvantage for photographing people. I think Sony is specifically aiming the A7R for landscapes, where phase detection is not really needed.

            As for lenses, the 24-70mm is aimed at landscape guys that will mostly use it at f/5.6-f/8 range, while the 35mm is a general purpose lens. For portraits, the 70-200mm and the 50mm will be the obvious choice and hence optimized for maximum wide open performance…

            • 34
              ) Stefan

              Makes sense.
              Well, then I’m going to use my trustworthy D800 for portraits, sports, etc. and leave A7R for landscape. As I’m shooting lots of cityscape, the tilting screen of A7R will be quite useful feature.
              Plus I can always put the 14-24mm with adapter for ultra wide shots.
              :-)

          • 35
            ) Rami

            Hi Nasim, do you also have a pre-order link from Adorama? At the moment it seems B&H will not ship this outside the US so I may have to order one from Adorama instead…

            • Rami, I updated the article with a pre-order link to Adorama. Good luck!

            • 38
              ) Rami

              Great, thanks! I’ll probably place an order when I’m back home tomorrow, and I might get the D610 while I’m at it…

        • Thank you for your support Stefan.

          If I were you, I would get the A7R instead of the A7, since it has more value when compared to the D800E. Plus, no AA filter! As for the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8, it should be excellent wide open. I was looking for some more documentation on the lens and MTF charts, but could not locate any unfortunately. As soon as the A7/A7R and the four new lenses ship, I will work on reviewing them. My particular interest is the A7R + 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss combo – that should be killer for landscapes.

          • 28
            ) Stefan

            well,
            that’s what I did.
            I preordered the A7R.
            The MTF chart of the Zeiss 55mm 1.8 is phenomenal, especially at f/8:
            http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-us/products/lenses/lineup/detail/sel55f18z.html
            This really makes me reconsider the Nikon purchase…
            :-)

            • Boy, I guess I was looking in a wrong place, thanks for the link!

              The sharpness wide open looks outstanding! I wouldn’t worry about f/8, since the 58mm f/1.4G would also look pretty flat at f/8 – Nikon just chooses not to provide stopped down performance.

              I really want to test the Sony system and its responsiveness to AF + accuracy before making conclusions. I suspect the 58mm f/1.4G will focus better for portraiture, but I could be wrong. Sony is definitely shaking up the market with its new cameras. I am excited!

              The only thing to consider, is that Sony is intentionally making slower lenses to keep them more compact – notice how none of the lenses were in the f/1.4 and f/2.8 range? That’s because anything faster would mean larger and Sony knows that people would criticize them for making gigantic lenses on such a small camera body. As I explained to Bob Vishneski during our fall workshops, full-frame requires full image circle and there is not much one could do to cut down on the size. Slower lenses are a good way to address the issue, but then will Sony always have to stick with such lenses? I hope not, since that would not make them very competitive against Nikon and Canon…

            • 51
              ) Leslie

              Stefan, I have a nikon mount zeiss lens 135 ZF.2 and i was wondering if i get the sony a7r or a7, will i be able to use the zeiss lens (nikon mount) on the sony ff by using some sort of adapter?

              Thanks, please enlighten me as i do not want to spend more lenses now for my needs.
              Landscape & Portraits are my interest but lately, i have been craving for small size full frame with 24-85 focal length. off course it must be of good quality and dr performance.

            • 52
              ) Stefan

              @Leslie:
              You have a wonderful lens my friend!
              You can sure use it on A7/A7r with any Nikon F to NEX adapter. If you use it with the metabones adapter you’ll end up with 96mm f/1.4 lens (if I’m not wrong).

          • 33
            ) Stefan

            Yes, good times are coming.
            And the prices started to go down. The D600 went to $1699, the Canon 24-70 2.8II went $500 down as well…
            You are right about the slower lenses. At least the Zeiss 24-70 f/4 is all internal focusing, which I like a lot.

            Something on a side, but have you heard of Nikon replacing the 200mm Micro D lens soon? I really need one, but don’t want to invest in the old one or look for Sigma solution.

            • 53
              ) Leslie

              @stefan ;

              thanks for the reply

              if i get this adapter, will there be a minimal IQ loss or metabones ext 1.4 will reduce the IQ a little?

            • 54
              ) Stefan

              I don’t have a metabones adapter, as I still can’t spent $450 for it., but my guess is that it will not add any IQ . I haven’t heard of any complaints about lowering the IQ either, but I think it is slightly possible, as it is just another glass between the sensor and the Zeiss optics.
              You can read some reviews out there. In general people are very happy with these adapters.
              I do have one Fotodiox basic adapter with aperture ring and it is cheap, well built and there is no glass to affect IQ.

  2. 4
    ) Rami

    I think I’m in love! I guess now this will be the lens I get myself for Christmas… that zoom lens will have to wait.
    As for the price, it’s obviously not cheap but not completely unreasonable when you compare it to Nikon’s other gold ring 1.4G lenses (24mm, 35mm, 85mm). And I love the fact that it’s not another 50mm! A good excuse for me to keep my old one :)

    • Rami, good point, those that know what it is for will buy it. This has been my dream lens for a while and when I first heard of Nikon potentially making it, I really questioned if it would actually be an f/1.2 lens. I was not surprised to see that it was not, as it would be close to impossible to design such a lens with AF. And I am certainly keeping my 50mm too!

      • 11
        ) Rami

        An f/1.2 would have been nice but I guess a 1.4 that you can shoot wide open is more useful than a 1.2 that you have to stop down! I’m looking forward to reading your review when you get the chance to test this!

        • Rami, definitely! How good is an f/1.2, if the images are soft right? Well, the 58mm f/1.4G is significantly sharper than the Noct 58mm f/1.2 at maximum aperture. There is just a lot more hype around the Noct, since it is a rare lens and hard to find today. In reality, its sharpness figures are not super impressive – the 3D factor is.

      • 49
        ) Reality Steve

        I personally don’t think Nikon’s outdated PDAF is good enough to support both 36 MPx and f/1.2.

        A D700 with 12 MPx is relatively solid at f/1.4 but the D800 with 36 MPx already shows unacceptable AF reproducibility at the same aperture. A D800 trying to focus reliably at f /1.2 might well be am AF disaster Nikon knows better than to offer to the market.

  3. 9
    ) Don B

    I am never too sure that I like a really small depth of field, like a f 1.4 lens offers.

    For instance, the couch model’s left hand is bit too much out of focus for my taste. The 3D effect makes that left hand a little bit scary :)

    I am sure ths is a wonderful lens, but I doubt that I would ever shoot it at f1.4.

    • Don, if you are not planning to use this lens wide open, then it is certainly not for you :) This particular lens is designed specifically to be used at f/1.4. When you stop down, you wash away the effect of 3D depth and bokeh is also negatively affected…

  4. 10
    ) Luis C.

    Nikon states “flattering portraits” with this lens. Does this mean that the focal length deals with the distortion issue of 50mm? I can easily straighten out the distortion of my 50 1.8 in post but wondering if this deals with the “85 is the new 50″ for portraits I’ve been hearing so much lately.

    • Luis, yes, distortion is very minimal with this lens. The 58mm f/1.4G is specifically targeted to be used for portraiture. 85mm is great, but it is often too long as a general-purpose lens. My wife shoots with the 50mm 90% of the time and she will love this lens. She is not very fond of the 85mm, because it is often too long when photographing events and weddings.

    • I think it depends on the type of portrait. I think 85mm is definitely better suited for close-ups… but for environmental and medium-close shots this should be wonderful. It’d be nice to not have to stand on a very tall surface when doing “from above” shots like with an 85. ;-)

      • Sean, you are absolutely right :) Longer lenses have more compression and that’s not always desirable. At close distances, the 85mm can wash the background pretty clean, especially at wide open apertures. With the 58mm, you get a wider perspective, which is nice and you do not have to run away from your subject just to fit them in the frame!

  5. 12
    ) Andrew R

    It would be interesting to compare the 58/1.4 with the Zeiss 55/1.4 against which it competes for the title of best fast normal lens (at f/2 I don’t think the Leica Summicron 50 AA quite competes in this category). Judging by the published MTF charts, contrast should be similar but the Zeiss lens has better resolution across the frame and is markedly superior in the corners at f/1.4. However the Nikkor appears to have less astigmatism. Of course the Nikkor is smaller and offers auto-focus although I expect that for best results, careful manual focusing would be optimal with either lens.

    • Andrew, I am sure the Zeiss 55 f/1.4 will not disappoint, but like you’ve pointed out, the Zeiss is manual focus! I don’t know if you have ever had a chance to shoot with a manual focus f/1.2 or f/1.4 lens, but those are incredibly hard to focus at the maximum aperture. Depth of field is insanely shallow and the viewfinder on DSLRs is too small to focus accurately with such lenses. People replace their focusing screens to be able to focus with fast aperture Zeiss primes and they still struggle. For that reason, it would be hard to justify the cost of the Zeiss compared to the 58mm f/1.4G. I am sure the Zeiss will outresolve the Nikon, but lack of AF is a bigger problem in my opinion…

      • 48
        ) Andrew R

        Hi Nasim

        Thanks for the reply and for your always illuminating comments. I use the 50/1.4G as a portrait lens with a DX sensor and have found the best way to get sharp pics at f/1.4 is to focus manually using live view with the camera on a tripod. Admittedly this is on a 12 MP body, so this approach may not suffice for a 24+ MP full frame camera!

        I’m not committed to Zeiss superiority and am just pleased that we now have two brilliant nearly-normal F mount primes to choose from. I look forward to seeing how they compare in practice…

        All the best
        Andrew

    • 21
      ) Rami

      The Zeiss is more than double the price and almost 3 times heavier!! If you plan on using the lens anywhere outside a studio environment that’s a big consideration too!

  6. 15
    ) Nitin Sharma

    I am new born baby in the world of photography, i also got addicted to the “Phobia” of buying new gadgets ( A heavy Mistake).

    I think i forgot the basic thing first “LEARN” and then read such articles to buy such expensive gadgets.

    I wish we had professionals like nasim in Botswana(Southern Africa) to educate the newborns. I just wish.

    Nasim think of doing some online or distance training. WE NEED YOU.

    • Nitin, please read this article by our very own Bob Vishneski. Do not be stuck with buying gear – it is all about you :)

      • 23
        ) Nitin Sharma

        Indeed an eye opener but a hardcore reality.

        Nasim the challenge that we face over here is that we don’t have good mentors.

        I am learning photography by reading articles written by you and others but when the desired result doesn’t come then there is frustration and above all no one is there to correct the mistake then and there.

        Nasim why can’t you start video conference lessons for individual and distance learners like us.

  7. 18
    ) Richard D

    This may be a dumb question, but I’ve always wondered why certain prime focal lengths are made. For instance, why is this lens a 58 mm? Why not a 57 mm or a 53.5 mm? Or, why not just a plain old 50 mm with very similar specs as this one? Maybe this one is 58 mm in order to emulate the original Nikkor 58 mm f/1.2 you mention, Nasim, but why was that original lens 58 mm? Is it possibly a 58 mm in order to differentiate it from 50 mm lenses which do not have as good as specs at this one?

    I am being real serious here…I am just really curious about this.

    • 36
      ) Red
      • 42
        ) Richard D

        Thanks for the link, Red.

        I do know in general why certain ranges of focal lengths are used…..as this link states, something in the range of 50 mm to 60 mm does cover what the human eye typically sees. My question is more along the lines of why have different prime focal lengths within this range? Why have a 50, a 55, a 58, etc.? Is there any difference to the user of the lens between a 50 mm or a 58 mm, everything else being equal? There obviously is a slight difference, but it seems to me that if Nikon sets up a production line for a 58 mm as well as a production line for a 50 mm lens, that adds to their costs. Why not have just something in the middle, say, a 55 mm lens at f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8, etc.? Maybe it doesn’t really add to the cost…..but, again, I’m just really curious about why this is done. Note that I find it interesting that in their images they show to compare different focal lengths, they do not show a 58 mm version! :)

  8. 39
    ) Jorge Balarin

    Dear Nasim, I was surprised to see that the first photo of the ones that you provided in another post – a daylight landscape – was shoot at f2. Are we not supposed to choose something like f8 to shoot a landscape ? The same happened with a night city landscape, that was shoot at f2 and using a tripod.

  9. 40
    ) Игонин Алексей

    Насим, добрый день. Спасибо за информацию, как то я пропустил анонс этого стекла. Думал, что будет 58/1.2. Надо будет дочке купить для свадеб. На 800-ке будет самый раз. Я читаю вас постоянно, просто все как то спасибо за ваш сайт сказать некогда. Вот – спасибо большое.

    • Ооо – какие люди! Давно от вас не слышал Алексей! Надеюсь все хорошо!

      К сожалению, сделать 58мм f/1.2 Никону практически невозможно из-за размера F mount – электроника не поместится… А вот 58мм f/1.4 для свадеб будет просто великолепен, особенно на D800!

      • 65
        ) Игонин Алексей

        Да я все куда то езжу, приезжаю, опять уезжаю. Я теперь на Д4 сижу. Достаточно удачно продал свой D3S. Правда с сожалением, но, техника не стоит на месте. Кстати цвет у Д4 и Д800 другой. Я теперь практически все Силкой обрабатываю, после ДХО цвет пока не нравится. Все хочу оформить визу в Штаты, чтобы наконец то съездить на Аляску. Вы то там, смотрю уже много раз были. Завидую. Но всегда находятся какие то Ботсваны, Замбии, Кении и пр. Может в 2014 наконец то сподоблюсь. Кстати, правда, что Никон хочет выпустить фулфрейм в ретродизайне, но с матрицей от Д4? А 58/1,4 закажу, когда он будет доступен на БиХе для отправки. Спасибо, что не забыли. Смотрю – дети подрастают:)

  10. 41
    ) Elizabeth Crellin

    Nasim, After reading your article on the Nikon35.mm lens for DX cameras, I was thinking of buying this lens to use on my D7100, but now reading your review on the new 58mm f/1.4G it’s made me rethink. It sounds so wonderful. I love street photography, landscapes and nature. Is the 58mm more for portraits?

    • 44
      ) Randall

      35mm all day. 58 will seem long on dx. Stick with dx gear and you will have more money and similar results. :) Overpriced fx lenses are for people who like to blow money and get turned on by gold rings and round bokeh balls. ;-) You could buy a used d600 for $1600!

  11. 43
    ) Randall

    To do list:

    Sell 85 1.4g
    Sell 50 1.8g

    Buy 58 1.4g
    Glue 58 1.4g to front of Nikon d600

    :)

    • 56
      ) Brian Copeland

      Don’t sell the 85 1.4g! This lens might replace the 50mm, but it’s still not going to shoot portraits on an FX. Plus, I bet the 85mm will still be better than the 58mm. The 58mm will just be a more general use focal length. I’d sell my D600 before I’d sell my 85mm 1.4g! Then, I’d save up for a used D700. Good luck!

      • 58
        ) robert jordan

        agree too, 85 once you have one you don’t want to give it up, unless really have to.

        Bob

      • 59
        ) Randall

        Yeah I prob can’t bring myself to part with it anyways.

    • 57
      ) Leslie

      i agree dont sell the 85. its a very nice sharp lens. i was in the same thought like you when i read the new 58.

      i do have 35, 85, 135, 70-200 and the 58 might come handy if you just wanna go light for casual shooting if you are not sure what you will be shooting, taking 58 and 1 body is quite good option.

      if you have 2 bodies, hook one up for 85 or 35 if you know there is landscape/potrait and 58 for unseen circumstances. and it is still light carry in your bag

  12. 45
    ) HomoSapiensWannaBe

    I wonder if Sigma will soon have an updated F1.4 50-58mm ART lens, and at what price and performance?

    I like the Sigma 35/1.4, but it is heavy. It does have 13 elements in 11 groups, but weighs 665g. Nikon’s own 35/1.4G weighs 601g, so maybe it’s hard to make such fast, retrofocus wide angle lenses much lighter due to their having so many glass elements.

    I like how Nikon kept the weight down to 385g with this new 58/1.4 lens!

  13. I somehow don’t understand the point of introducing a lens of this focal length, when 50mm is already there in the market. Could somebody please explain me the reason. I really seem to have no clue. Optics might be better, I agree, but why not introduce something between 50 and 85mm, instead of this 58mm lens?

  14. 47
    ) Art

    First of all thanks to all you wonderful people at Photography Life for a great website. This is one of three items that I have been patiently waiting for Nikon to release. I love to shoot cityscapes at night and always wanted the 58mm 1.2 for the coma reduction but could never bring myself to spend all that money for it when I would find one for sale. This lens seems to have solved that problem while also saving me some money. I just pre-ordered it at B&H using your link. I cannot wait to try it out for night photography and also for portraits.
    Now if only Nikon would introduce a replacement for the 300mm F4 with VR and a D800 like camera with the D4 or D3S sensor (I know that’s not going to happen) my wish list would be complete for now.

    Regards
    Art

  15. 50
    ) robert jordan

    I shoot moving(not too fast) trains at night where I can find lighting. When using older fast primes I got the blobs I didn’t even know at the time were coma. I am really interested in this to contain coma, like the prior poster because at night, shooting wide open is what I need, every stop or even 1/2 stop counts. As a side note I have found the newer sigma 35mm 1.4 to be very good wide open as far as coma. I also have the Nikon 85mm 1.4G. These all are costly but look at them as long term investments in something I want to do. For me, night shots are often pre planned and I have enough wiggle room to move around to make the focal length work. Also, tho they are a little bulky compared to older primes I use them with the D700 and really like the feel. The lens size seems to balance with the camera and provides a good platform for steady shooting and I don’t feel the weight is a problem.

    Bob

  16. 55
    ) Brian Copeland

    I just pre-ordered the 58mm through B&H. As much as I hate to drop $1700 on another lens this year I’ve been waiting for this one. My 50mm 1.4g is my bread and butter lens and I’ve always hated that it wasn’t as sharp as the $200 1.8g. My only concerns are the extra 8mm (I own the 35mm 1.4g because 50mm is too close sometimes), the 72mm filter size, and the weight and size of this one. For $1700 it needs to be much better and just as usable as my 50mm 1.4g and not just give me bragging rights that I own the whole Nikon Prime Lens Dream Team!

  17. 60
    ) Chanel Mok

    Hi, I am a father of two very young kids and am using D600 + 24-70mm f2.8. I want to buy a sharp prime lens for indoor shooting (without flash) with my family. May I have your kind advice of whether I should buy 35mm f1.4 or this new lens? Many thanks.

    • 61
      ) Brian Copeland

      Chanel,

      I own the 35mm 1.4, the 50mm 1.4 , and the 24-70 2.8. I also shoot full-frame (a D700 and D800E) and just ordered the 58mm 1.4. Personally, my $400 50mm 1.4g stays glued to my camera and my $1700 35mm 1.4g stays in my bag most of the time. I anticipate the new 58mm to be even better than my 50mm and for it to takes its place. So, personally, if I had to choose between one of these I would get the 58mm 1.4g. Hope this helps…

      -Brian

      • 63
        ) Chanel Mok

        Hi Brian, many thanks for your kind advice. I will buy it when it becomes available in Hong Kong by end of this month. Have a good day!!

        Chanel

    • 66
      ) Ryan

      Its really preference. I own both the 35 1.4g and the 50 1.8g. Around the house the 35 is glued to my d800. It is so sharp at wide open apertures. I like the 35 focal length better because it provides more environmental context without much wide angle distortion. 35 is very close to 50 with respect to being normal. Its just wider.

      When I go out with my kids (travel, etc), I prefer 50 because its so light. I would rather have a lightweight 35, but its not really an option. Maybe I could get the 35 f/2, but its soft compared to the more modern 50.

      I recommend renting and trying both. Or buy both and return the one you prefer least.

    • 67
      ) Ryan

      As others often say, you could also just limit your zoom to each of those two focal lengths for a day and see which perspective you like best.

      • 68
        ) Chanel Mok

        Hi Ryan, thank you for your good suggestion and sharing. I will try the two focal lengths to see which one suits me most. I am just wondering if the new lens 58mm 1.4 which would give a sharper image than the existing 1.4 prime lens. Will see.

        Cheers,
        Chanel

        • 69
          ) Ryan

          You are welcome Chanel. I too am very interested in the 58mm lens. I can’t want to try it out. If its sharp as I expect it to be and versatile enough for my style of shooting, it will definitely be on my short list of gear to purchase.

    • 71
      ) Kim

      Chanel, Can I ask another question for your consideration? How large are the rooms in your home? We have a small home and I frequently find myself reaching for my 35mm 1.4 for that reason alone (and sometimes my 24mm). With my 50mm, I was frequently pressed against a wall to get the perspective I desired. I too pre-ordered the 58mm, but in hopes of using it as an environmental portrait lens with the kids. I wholeheartedly agree with the advice to use your zoom at those focal lengths before deciding. Good luck!

      • 72
        ) Kim

        eta: *hope to use the 58mm as an OUTDOOR environmental portrait lens.

  18. If you ever would have the time to compare the performance of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G with the Zeiss Otus T* 1.4 / 55 mm ZF.2, I would be very interested.
    Thank you already for the comments above about the need for auto focus with f/1.4
    by the way, i always wondered why Zeiss is not producing an auto focus version of there lenses also for Nikon and Canon!??

    • Luzius, that’s definitely coming – the Zeiss Otus has been ordered and I will receive it when it ships.

      As for why Zeiss does not design AF lenses for Nikon and Canon, it is simply a licensing issue. Nikon/Canon want Zeiss to pay for allowing AF lenses and Zeiss does not want to pay such royalty fees. It is very unfortunate, but I repetitively asked Zeiss and they just do not want to deal with all that…

  19. 70
    ) Hari

    Nasim,
    I’m intrigued by this lens. The bokeh is amazing. Are there any other lenses that have this 3D-like bokeh that are cheaper?

    Otherwise I may have to save up and purchase this.

    • Hari, there are a few lenses that are capable of such performance. The old Noct, the new Zeiss Otus and a couple of other classics can do something similar. I think the new 58mm f/1.4 will have the best bokeh in Nikkor’s 50-60mm line though and should perform even better than the Noct in bokeh.

  20. 73
    ) Jorge Balarin

    My flat is extremely small and I don’t have problems to photograph one or two persons with my 50mm.

  21. 76
    ) Decap

    Nasim,

    between 85mm 1.4g and the upcoming 58mm 1.4g, which one would you recommend for portraits and bokeh (and 3 dimensional effect)?

    Thanks

    • 80
      ) Jorge Balarin

      I’m not Nasim, but I owned the 85mm f/1.4 and I love it. I think the 58 f/1.4 will be in the same league in terms of bokeh, but due to the larger focal lenght of the 85mm this lens will continue to be the “head and shoulders” portrait king, while the 58mm, being a more versatile lens, will be a good partner of the 85mm.

      Paired with the D800 the 85mm f/1.4 has its flaws, there is when the 58mm could be superior, but not in terms of bokeh.

    • Decap, either one would work. My personal pick would be the 58mm f/1.4G, because it is wider and allows for more versatile shooting.

  22. 77
    ) Paolo V.

    This lens will cost £1599 (US$2,569) in England vs. US$1,600 in the US. The pricing for this lens is imho a complete joke.

    Of course it will be much sharper than the 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 but how do you justify charging 10x as much in the case of the 1.8 which is widely thought to be better than the 1.4. Does this lens really cost anything like 10 times as much to make? No of course not but Nikon probably realises that it has plenty of customers who equate lens quality with the highest price. Unfortunately, it’s starting to feel like Nikon is starting to well and truly milk this “syndrome”. I have no issue with spending large amounts when the cost is justified but somehow the price setters at Nikon seem to be losing touch with reality. I believe they are making a massive error judgement as they are alienating their much larger “amateur professional segment” through such an extreme pricing differential. I have a D800 which I bought for portraiture. My prefered lesn is my 85 1.4G but it is too long for practical use indoors. I tried the 50mm 1.4 and 1.8 and sold them because they just lacked that special character in their rendering of subjects. This is the lens release that should have given me exactly what I needed for my D800. My other frustration is the lack of a high quality 20mm prime (the 20mm AFD was terrible, the 24mm 1.4G isn’t wide enough, so I went for the massive 16-35 f/4 through lack of a good alternative autofocus prime).

    The fact that these days Nikon is automatically charging over £1,000 for any half decent glass has confirmed that I am making the right move by switching to micro 4/3 using an Olympus OMD and the high quality yet much more affordable and compact prime lenses like the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 (50mm equivalent on full farme) and soon to be released 42.5mm (85mm on FF) f/1.2 and Olympus 45 f/1.7. (90mm on FF) For a premium quality Nikon 58mm 1.4G, it seems very hard for me to understand how Nikon can ask for more than £800. They do so through “marketing”, making reference to the revered Noct 58mm despite the fact that this is f1.4 and the Noct was f/1.2.

    Today’s Nikon appears to be run by Bean Counters (rather than a company that is truly passionate about photography) and is starting to go the same way as Apple. It’s producing very little game-changing innovation and are focusing instead on milking older technology and rolling out similar products year in year out where the improvements are more form than substance, more marketing than real innovation. So what are we paying for? – the Nikon marketing machine. As a loyal Nikon customer for many years, it time for me at least to move to a company like Olympus that is pushing the envelope much further in terms of innovation and not charging silly prices for the privilege. I still have my D800 (starting to gather dust) and a 24-70, 16-35 and 85 f/1.4g. Up until a week ago I was considering keeping both systems, the announcement of the 58mm finally gave me a sense that I was going to get what I really wanted a professional quality mid range prime that would do my D800 justice, then I saw the price. A lens that could have kept me a loyal Nikon customer for many years to come has had the effect on pricing ground of making me switch 100% to an alternative manufacturer and my Nikon gear will instead find its way to Ebay. If anyone is interested in knowing what first prompted me to consider micro 4/3, please refer to the following link and the high quality images Ming Thein has taken on a tiny Olympus OMD through his Flickr stream.
    “The demise of the dslr”
    http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/08/24/the-demise-of-the-dslr/

    • 78
      ) bob jordan

      Reading several sites, there is talk about the VAT included in the price as opposed to sales tax being added on after retail in the US(but can be avoided.) Not sure how much of the difference that makes but VAT is at 21 pct. There are also market differences and currency exchange rates fluctuate due to market conditions, ie the Euro or the pound can vary a lot due to marked conditions compared to dollar or yen but Nikon cannot change its price so there may be a fudge factor in there as Nikon cannot just change its price as the pound moves up and down.

      Another salient could be the markup needed by retailers in each country(ie business expenses, margins). The retail price obviously takes this into consideration. If std mkup in UK is x and it is
      Y in the US then this can reflect in the retail prices.

      Anyway I would not consider this lens if it did not fit into exactly what I want to do, ie shoot wide open at night. I have the 85 1.4G and the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and would be in the market for a new model Sigma
      50mm, but like others have mentioned, it is not here yet.

      Bob

      • 79
        ) Paolo V.

        Hi Bob – yes I have heard the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is an extraordinarily good lens. Sigma seem to be moving in the right direction in terms of providing high quality at a reasonable price. As you said, their 50mm offering is not in the same league optically as the 35mm and it seems Sigma still has some work to do in terms of quality control. What surprised me most with my recent switch to the Olympus OMD is the extraordinary sharpness (thanks to a class-beating 5 axis image stablisation system). I suspect there are plenty of D800 buyers like myself who wanted the image quality of full frame without realising that the sensor on the D800 is so large that to really get razor sharp images you need to use it on a tripod. That’s what the D800 manual strongly recommends and I guess I didn’t realise just how important tripod use is with the D800 until I saw the images produced by the OMD. My experiences with the OMD surprised me in other ways too – far more accurate auto white balanace than the D800 (which has a magenta bias) and much more vibrant colour rendition and better micro contrast. The weakness of the OMD is it’s not good with moving objects. I most shoot portraits so that is less of an issue. This Nikon 58mm lens would have been perfect for me and I especially like that it is half the weight of an 85 1.4g, I’m just staggered by the UK price. There is too big a difference between the US and the UK price. Nikon will be making a massive mark up on this lens whatever the currency so it doesn’t make sense to have such a big difference just in case there’s a currency shift. The US will be their biggest market so any impact of a currency devaluation would hit them far worse in the US market than in the UK. Apple has moved towards a fairer cross-border pricing startegy over the last 5 years, why is this so hard for Nikon? As far as I am concerned they have already “fudged” it. This kind of ill though out pricing strategy will really damage their European customer base and send more of us into the open arms of their competitors.

        • 81
          ) Jorge Balarin

          The Sigma 35mm is the sharpest 35mm in the market, but in terms of bokeh it is clearly inferior than the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 or the new Nikon 58mm f/1.4. The Sigma 35 is a multipurpose low light lens, while the Nikons are portrait oriented lenses.

    • 99
      ) Eric

      “Of course it will be much sharper than the 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 but how do you justify charging 10x as much in the case of the 1.8 which is widely thought to be better than the 1.4″

      Is sharpness the ultimate criteria by one judges a lens, or its price?

      They do so through “marketing”, making reference to the revered Noct 58mm despite the fact that this is f1.4 and the Noct was f/1.2.”

      And…your point is? Have you not thought that there were engineering reasons for the change?

      “Today’s Nikon appears to be run by Bean Counters (rather than a company that is truly passionate about photography)”

      Actually, it is funny that you mention this, because I think THIS lens in particular is more about producing an image that is aesthetically beautiful, than it is about impressing the masses with the MTF results. I was surprised at reading the press release for this lens, because the engineers were discussing how they engineered the lens to produce results that were more about a pleasing image. *That* is refreshing, especially in this day and age.

      About the only thing I can knock this lens for is the price.

  23. 83
    ) bob jordan

    For those interested, my 58mm has been shipped by B & H from a preorder.
    This is the first time I ever preordered anything. Generally I do a lot of thinking. LOL.

    As a reference this is a person who got his D700 from the very last batch and in slide days
    ran around with a N80 and an 28-200 plastic Nikon zoom. If there was ever an accurate
    prediction it is how digital is saving me soooo much money. Smile.

    Bob

  24. Hey Nasim – I was lucky enough to get an early one (arrived yesterday), and I LOVE it. I was a bit concerned with focus speed, but it’s very good. I was able to do a bit of night shooting, and posted a mini-review if anyone is interested: http://christianlee.ca/review-nikon-58mm-f1-4g/

    • Christian, thanks for the quick review, I am sure our readers will find it helpful! I will be getting mine next week – it shipped yesterday.

      Looks like you used video light to illuminate the subjects? Just a personal recommendation from a fellow photographer (I hope you do not get offended) – I would bring out the subjects a little more. I guess placing the video lights a little closer would help, but since you cannot go back and redo it, I would just use the adjustment brush in Lightroom and bring out the exposure a little – half a stop would look great! Play with the white balance on the adjustment brush a little as well. I think the subjects have a little too much of yellow on their faces.

  25. These were done with available light, and left basically SOOC. Normally I would have added light, but felt for the purpose of evaluating the low-light capabilities of the lens, I would use only ambient. I should probably add that in my review notes.

    Thanks for the feedback. :)
    Christian

    • Ah, that explains it! I saw some light on the subjects’ faces and thought it was weak video light from a distance. Thanks for explaining!

      • A conveniently-placed street lamp, which also explains the putrid yellow tone. Haha

  26. Thank you for your very nice test images. I love the look and the care you took to shoot a proper test.

    The look of these images is the closest I’ve seen to that elusive MF look on a DSLR camera. But they do appear pretty soft to me. Can you comment on that?

    It doesn’t diminish the beauty of the images, but as this is a test of a lens I think it is worthy of some explanation.

    • Sorry, I skimmed the posts but missed the one immediately above which states the shots are made in available light. Assuming hand holding this is a good result.

      • 91
        ) Christian

        Paul – they are pretty sharp, but obviously ISO1600, handheld available light at 1/100 and f/1.4 isn’t going to give ideal critical sharpness. I’m a wedding photographer, so these test shots are realistic for my world.

        I’m sure there will be lots of people taking photos of brick walls on a tripod, my test images were more to assess the lens’ capabilities with high contrast / flare.

  27. 92
    ) dencelly

    Nasim, I received my copy yesterday. I made a few test shots at night and in daylight compared with the 50 1.4.Hmm … sharper at f 1.4? more contrast? but where? Yes little more and buttery bokeh – really good – but this is not a surprise. At f 1.4 it is a little bit softer as the AFS 50 1.4 G. Is my copy a fake? I’m really looking forward to your comparison with the 50 1.4 G and 50 1.8 G Nasim!

    • 93
      ) dencelly

      Please forget my to hasty comment above. Just a little bit AF correction with my D800E and boooom … I have nothing more to say … except, good bye medium format! ;)

      • Results please!

      • 95
        ) Rami

        Do you happen to have any of your sample photos posted somewhere? I’m very curious to see some more images and hear some more reviews while I’m waiting for it to be in stock again…

      • 96
        ) Donald

        I received my copy too tonight. Had to dial +8 Af fine tune on D800 too. Took some photos with it and the 50/1.4g, both at 1.4, handheld, indoor at night. Noticeable better than 1.4g.

        • 97
          ) Donald

          I mean better than the 50/1.4g

        • 98
          ) dencelly

          Congratulations Donald, it’s a fine lens. It is wide open a little bit softer than the 50 f1.4, the DXO test acknowledges this too. Thats no problem for me. But in price comparison to the 50 1.4 this ‘very expensive’ lens shows us how good the 50 f 1.4 is for much less money!

          For me the 58 f1.4 fits better to my D800E and I feel that the AF with this lens is more accurate than with the 50 f1.4.

          Have fun with your 58!

  28. 100
    ) Arvind Gora

    For DX you already have the 35 mm f/1.8 G DX which gives sharp images. For FX, this Nikkor can be given a miss. No doubt it has amazing optical quality but the caveats like distortion and chromatic aberration are deal breakers after the price paid. This situation is not helped by the fact that it’s all plastic which reduces the lifespan of this glass by a great degree. The Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 for Nikon gives matching performance with reduced distortion and chromatic aberration and is cheaper but without the weather seal. Since you won’t be able to keep either of the lenses forever, it’s wise to pick up the value for money deal. If money is not the crunch, go for better 24 mm f/1.4 G and club it with a 50 mm f/1.8 and you are good to go for ages. Interested folks can read more at http://pixelarge.com/nikkor-nikon-35mm-f1-4-g-af-lens-review/ and Keep Shooting. :)

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