Lothlórien or Mordor, depending on whether you consider Nikon “the dark side” I guess! Been shooting with this combo for about a week now and I am amazed by the results. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G (see our lens page in the database) is just one of a kind…very few Nikkor lenses are capable of rendering such beautiful images. Lots of depth, color and beautiful bokeh, as illustrated in some of the images below. Sharpness in the center is also excellent when you nail focus, even wide open. Lola was a bit hesitant about the Df at first (she rarely parts with her Nikon D3s + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G combo), but once she used it a couple of times on commercial shoots, she quickly changed her mind.
Image quality is stunning, especially when shooting in low light situations. Armed with a fast f/1.4 lens, you could literally shoot in dark with the Df and get amazing results. These are some of the images that we have captured so far and I am planning to take the Df to much more challenging lighting conditions this weekend and within the next couple of weeks. I am currently busy writing the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G review (now published). By now I have plenty of image samples to showcase its performance, along with other accompanying lab test data. The Nikon Df review should be posted within the next 2 weeks.
I also have a bunch of other gear that will soon be reviewed, including the Nikon D5300, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Sony A7 and A7R cameras and much more. Just wish there were more than 24 hours in a day!
A quick tip for photographing your family this Christmas. Instead of putting people in front of the Christmas tree, try shooting through it! The first and the last images in this article were taken with a single source of light, an off-camera flash with an umbrella in a shoot-through configuration to the right of both subjects. Lola literally stuck the lens right in between Christmas tree lights and ornaments, which created beautiful highlights, reflections and bokeh. Just make sure to shoot with a fast lens and open it up to its max aperture (Lola used f/1.4 for those shots) to get the best results.
More to come!