Lens Description: A low-light powerhouse that shines in nearly any situation. Go beyond the ordinary with the NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a lens designed to excel in low-light and nighttime applications but with characteristics you'll enjoy for so much more. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture produces outstanding evenly lit images with edge-to-edge sharpness - virtually no sagittal coma or light falloff. Its unique design and rounded 9-blade diaphragm produce stunning bokeh and depth of field control from f/1.4 to infinity - equally useful in daytime portraits and nighttime cityscapes. Whether you're shooting photos or HD video, FX or DX-format, the NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G offers thrilling new capabilities and inspiration.
Photography Life Review Summary: Overall, I am very impressed by what the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G can deliver. It is surely the finest Nikkor lens in the standard range that is capable of producing beautiful images that stand out with a distinct, three dimensional look and feel. I am glad that Nikon chose a different path for optical design this time around and concentrated more on aesthetics, rather than on pure optical performance. I believe that was much needed for the 58mm f/1.4G to stand a chance against its predecessor, the NOCT 58mm f/1.2. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Review by Photography Life.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Specifications
|* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area|
|Lens Type||Prime Lens|
|Mount Type||Nikon F|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||FX, DX|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||No|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||0.13x|
|Vibration Reduction / Image Stabilization||No|
|Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||27°20’|
|Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||N/A|
|Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format)||40°50’|
|Minimum Angle of View (Full Frame format)||N/A|
|Super Integrated / Super Spectra Coating||Yes|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|Silent Wave / Ultrasonic Motor||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.58m|
|Focus Mode Switch||Auto ,Manual|
|Accepts Filter Type||Screw-on|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||No|
|Available in Colors||Black|
|Supplied Accessories||LC-72 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, HB-68 Bayonet Lens Hood, CL-1015 Lens Pouch, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap|
Here is how the lens performed according to Imatest:
As you can see, there is a huge difference in performance between the center frame and the rest of the image. At the maximum aperture of f/1.4, the wavy / sombrero field curvature is pretty evident, since the corners are sharper than the mid-frame. As the lens is stopped down, the effect of the field curvature diminishes significantly and the mid-frame picks up to good levels at f/2.8. By f/5.6, the mid-frame reaches excellent levels. However, the extreme corners never really improve to good levels, even when stopped down to f/8.
Unfortunately, the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G has a visible amount of barrel distortion. When photographing straight lines, it will be noticeable to the naked eye. Imatest measured a barrel distortion of -1.45, which is pretty close to distortion on the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G (-1.42). In comparison, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G suffers from less distortion at -1.02, while the Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 has the least amount of barrel distortion at just -0.60.
Lateral chromatic aberration is controlled very well, even in high-contrast situations. Take a look at the CA levels measured by Imatest:
“LoCA”, or longitudinal chromatic aberration (which is the effect of color fringing in front of and behind the focused area) is very similar to what the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G yields, which shows a noticeable change in color in front and behind the focused area.
As for vignetting, here is what Imatest was able to measure at different apertures:
As you can see, vignetting levels are impressively low for this lens. While there is some visible vignetting wide open at about 1.8 stops in the extreme corners, vignetting drops significantly at f/2 to below 1 stop. Stopped down to f/2.8, vignetting disappears almost completely and stays that way all the way to f/16. As a comparison, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G has strong vignetting even at f/2.8.