The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G is an eye-wateringly expensive standard prime lens that delivers very appealing image quality. The sharpness when shooting wide-open, even in the centre, isn't as good as we'd expected though, requiring you to stop-down to f/2.8 to obtain satisfactorily sharp...
Nikon 58mm f1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens
- New Or Secondhand: New
- Lens is suitable for: Nikon APS-C (DX) & Full Frame (FX)
- Fitting: Nikon FX / DX
- Standard PRIME
- Filter Size: 72mm
Product code: 188366 (018208022106)
RRP £1,709 SAVE £140.00
No used versions available
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Two Aspherical Lens Elements
- Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
- Silent Wave Motor AF System
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance, this fast new prime lens is in a class of its own.
The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, while the brand new optical construction enables astounding sharpness, contrast, and resolution. With outstanding resolving capability, exquisite bokeh, and unbeatable performance when shooting wide-open, this is a distinctive lens for those pursuing the holy grail of low-light photography or who want a lens with a truly unique signature.
A modern legend
The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G brings the advantages of Nikon’s renowned Noct-NIKKOR to today’s high-resolution photography. Thanks to concerted efforts in developing the lens, Nikon’s designers were able to significantly increase sharpness, contrast, and resolution, in addition to greatly reducing coma flare and enabling exquisitely smooth bokeh. The result is a unique lens that offers exceptional aesthetic control, enabling photographers to explore a broad range of creative expression and create images that stand apart from the rest.
Drawing with light
Designed to meet the demands of discerning photographers, the exceptional resolving capability of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G enables every component of a scene to be faithfully reproduced in exquisite high-resolution. Subjects are sharply rendered when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4, and high-contrast images of even distant subjects and low-light scenes can be obtained without needing to stop down the aperture. Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised across the entire frame with the result that point light sources such as city lights are reproduced as fine rounded points, even at the periphery of the image, enabling unparalleled nightscapes. Despite being a large aperture lens, peripheral light falloff is effectively controlled to retain brightness across the entire frame when shooting at maximum aperture, even with focus set to infinity.
Thanks to its unique optical design, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G delivers images with exquisite bokeh and an additional sense of depth. Because the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, bokeh appears with no rough edges. In addition, the fine gradation of bokeh from the focus point to the background enables an incredible sense of natural depth. By measuring the degree of resolution and bokeh across individual planes of the image (between foreground, focus plane, and background), Nikon’s designers achieved the perfect balance of resolution and lens aberrations, resulting in a ‘three dimensional’ look that cannot be measured with MTF curves. The benefits extend to movies, too: When pulling focus, bokeh transitions incredibly smoothly, providing a unique advantage when it comes to filming atmospheric scenes.
Renowned NIKKOR quality
Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat provides outstandingly high anti-reflection effects throughout the visible light range, effectively reducing ghost and flare, and increasing the clarity and contrast of images. A three-element cemented lens technique ensures both optical clarity and reflection reduction, and the front lens element is located deep in the lens barrel to ensure that flare and ghost are effectively reduced even in backlit situations. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor), and build-quality is solid.
- Fast FX-format prime lens with f/1.4 maximum aperture and 58 mm focal length (87 mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR). Offers exceptional wide-open performance. Ideal for night scenes as well as portraits.
- True brilliance: Exceptional resolving capability enables every component of a scene to be faithfully reproduced in exquisite high-resolution. Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the periphery of an image.
- Exquisite bokeh: The intensity of bokeh transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, resulting in no rough edges. Enables high-resolution images with an additional sense of depth.
- Wide-open master: Subjects are sharply rendered when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4. High contrast images of distant subjects or low-light scenes can be obtained without needing to stop down the aperture.
- Superior edge-to-edge performance: Peripheral light falloff is controlled to retain brightness across the frame. Subjects located at the edge of the frame are sharp and well-resolved, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity.
- Renowned NIKKOR quality: Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, increasing the clarity and contrast of images. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor).
Perhaps I am naive but I admit when Zeiss announced their Otus 1.4/55 and Nikon – the Nikkor AF-S 58 mm f/1.4G I though we were going to deal with two lenses which were a match for each other.
Unfortunately, those expecting a lens that will slay all comers in a battle of the test charts, may be disappointed by the seemingly 'quite good' performance of this lens. Those simply looking for the highest level of sharpness in the centre of the frame at fast apertures, will do better spending...
I love this lens! The extra little bit of compression over a standard 50mm is lovely. The bokeh is gorgeous. It's not the sharpest wide open, but at f2 it's totally useable. The look it delivers goes beyond technical specifications. It's a wonderful lens!
The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G is an unusual lens, both in terms of its slightly eccentric focal length and its optical design philosophy. It's not especially sharp for a lens that's designed to be used at large apertures, but this is offset by the excellence of its images in almost every other...
This standard lens from Nikon costs around £1560 and sports a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, silent focusing and nano-crystal coatings to help control ghosting and flare. The 58mm focal length is reminiscent of the old AI 'Noct' Nikkor that was designed specifically for shooting in low light with a...
Overall, the Nikon 58mm ƒ/1.4G AF-S Nikkor is a bit of a strange beast. Compared to its 50mm cousins, the 58mm ƒ/1.4G lens is very large and very expensive. And despite the very high $1,700 price tag, we found the image quality results a bit disappointing for a lens at this price point.
"An amazing lens, sharper than expected at 1.4, beautiful out-of-focus rendition and colours and, to top it all, blessed with fast and accurate autofocus. Not a cheap lens but still a good value considering the distinct quality of pictures that it produces.
I just finished my fourth 3-hour portrait photoshoot using my D850 with this 58mm, 1.4 lens - Love It!! Perfect Bokeh, Sharpness/Clarity, Weight, Size, and Feel in your hands. I still like and use my 50mm, 1.4 but it doesn't come close in comparison to the 58mm. Buy It!! :)
I bought this lens really cheap on a good used sale and hated the thing on a d750. It just couldn't get sharp images by focus not sharpness. I upgraded to the d5 and it's now my most favorite lens. Especially love shooting it at 1.4 with a bright background.
I photograph many masterpieces inside museums around the world. The focal length, aperture, and optics of this lens are ideal for what I do. Many museums have extremely low light, but this lens, coupled with the latest light sensitive Nikon DSLR full frame camera bodies, make reproduction quite...
This lens captures great color, vivid and accurate. Also, the bokeh is quite outstanding. In comparison with the 50mm 1.4G, this lens is less clinical, but still sharp. Just a more visually pleasing image overall -- not that this criticism of the 50mm 1.4 G.
This lens has great bokeh. It makes the subject really stand out and nice contrast. The focus is fast. I used this to take pictures of indoor basketball from just behind and to the side of the backboard with excellent focus results and excellent isolation of the players from the spectators.Its a...
A truly amazing lens, sharper than expected at 1.4, beautiful out-of-focus rendition, colours and reasonably fast and accurate autofocus. Not cheap but still a good value considering the unique quality of pictures that it produces. This is the artist of the family of Nikon lenses.
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.
Just received mine, took some 200 shots, compared to my beloved Noct Nikkor 58mm 1.2, and can tell you the new lens over delivers on my D800E across the board.
Better focus, better micro contrast, OOF is as good as it gets, and autofocus is a plus on a camera that is not as well fitted as...
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