Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1,4G – my favorite piece of glass
I want to note, that my interest isn’t to compare the technique parameters, speed, material, etc. I‘I rather want to mention my feelings how this lens works in real life (naturally light).
I have been shooting with the new Nikon 58mm 1.4G for about 2 years now, and my thoughts have changed drastically over that time period. I spent a lot of time shooting with this lens on Nikon Df, and the more I shoot with it, the more I like it. A lot of photographers only concern themselves with two things, sharpness and bokeh, but for me personally, a lens needs to have character.
About the fifty-eight
I think, this is the best prime lens, that Nikon has made over the past 5 years. It is the lightest lens in pro category with an innovative design and picture quality on a makret. It has beautiful colors, which varies with the depth of field. It is incredibly sharp in the center of the frame with a beautiful circular blur in the rest of the image. It produces sharp images across the entire width of the aperture at f2,8 above. Af works perfectly and accurately. If your AF sharpen slightly ahead of or behind an object, there isn’t problem the focusing easily tweak in the camera body (for more information, you can read my first blog about lens calibration).
With little brother 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S
Compared with other lenses
On the market are a lot of lenses, in a similar range. I will fix my attention only for the line of AF-S Nikkor FX lenses, which I personally tried to. This time Nikon offering these 5 basic comparable lenses. 50mm f1,8G and f1,4G, 58mm f1,4G, 85mm f1,8G and 85mm f1,4G. Each of these pieces is the perfect addition to your SLR camera.
Without 58mm lens, I personnaly used too the 50mm f1.8G, because it works perfectly and it is so light. It produces nice images with a cooler colors. The AF is super fast. So it is great lens for everyday Nikon users.
The older 50mm f1.4G it´s very similar to previous piece. The biggest difference is the warmer shades of natural colors. Output when the lens aperture on f1.4-1.6 is unusable. The advantage is the quality of construction, the body is more massive, It is about 100 grams heavier.
Third in line is 85mm f1.8G with the 4th top and most expensive 85mm f1.4G. Both lenses are structurally comparable with sixty-eight and both are great lenses for portraiture or weddings. The focal range of eighty-five is very popular for his beautiful defocused and separation of subjects from the background.
My Nikon 85mm f/1.4G went up for sale and was sold, before i was bought the 58mm f1.4. The output was so similar, that does not make it sense to keep both.
In comparison price/image quality, for everyday users wins the 85mm f1,8G. it is really great lens for 1/3 price of 58 or 85 1.4G and the image output is much better then in case of fiftees lens. But if you’re willing to buy a lens, that provides something extra, 58 and 85 f1,4G will never disappoint.
All pro grade lenses hold their retail price well if you ever decide to sell them on, but trust me on this one – if you can get your hands on one of these lenses, you’ll never want to sell it …
Comparison with Nikon 35mm f/1.4G
- Image quality
- Excels in low-light and nighttime applications
- Beautifully blurred backgrounds (bokeh)
- Low size and weight
- Excellent aperture at f/1.4
- Lens caps, hood and case included
- Cheap plastic ring and body
- High prrice € 1.93900
Nikon’s 58mm f/1,4G is an excellent addition to its prime lineup. It’s small, tough and optically superb. It’s a great for everyday photography, portraits and creative shots. I think their strengths can be applied even in the film industry. This glass has an absolute place in my heart …
Thanks for reading!
Lens type: Normal Focal length: 58 mm Maximum aperture: f/1.4 Minimum aperture: f/16 Lens construction: 9 elements in 6 groups (including 2 aspherical lens elements) Nano Crystal Coat: Yes Angle of view: 40°50' (27°20'with Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras) Minimum focus distance: 0.58 m (1.90 ft) from focal plane No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded) Filter-attachment size: 72 mm Diameter x length: 84 mm x 70 mm Weight: Approx. 385 g (13.6 oz) (excluding hood) Accessories: LC-72 72 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-68 Bayonet Hood, CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch
* sample images from Nikon 58mm f/1.4G