Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4 G Lens

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84% Silver Award
For applications such as environmental portraits or low-light shooting at large apertures, it's superb. We expect many wedding photographers will absolutely adore it.”

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Key Features

  • 58mm focal length
  • 85mm equivalent focal length on DX format cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 0.58m/1.9' minimum focus
  • 72mm filter size
  • Nikon F mount for for DX and FX DSLRs

Product Description

The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G is a premium standard lens for Nikon's full frame SLRs, which is designed to give the best possible imaging performance even when shot at maximum aperture. Nikon says it's highly corrected for coma flare and light fall-off, meaning that point highlights are rendered correctly right across the frame at large apertures. The lens is also specifically designed to give an attractive rendition of out-of-focus regions of the frame. It can also be used on Nikon's DX format SLRs, on which it will behave like a classic 85mm 'portrait' lens. This 58mm lens pays homage to the acclaimed Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 58 mm
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded blades
Optics
Elements 9
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings 2 aspherical elements, nano-crystal coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.58 m (22.83)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Rear
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 385 g (0.85 lb)
Diameter 85 mm (3.35)
Length 70 mm (2.76)
Filter thread 72 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HB-68

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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84 %
Overall Score

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 respect. Its audience will naturally be limited by its sky-high price, but we suspect many owners will fall in love with the images it can create.

Good For

Low light photography, and selective focus shooting

Not So Good For

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4 G vs AF-S 85mm f1.4 G?

I currently have a D800 with: - Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 - Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8 I want to buy an f1.4 lens for shooting portraits and weddings / parties. Principally because of the narrower DOF and nicer bokeh. I have been planning on buying the 85mm lens but have recently been swayed by reviews saying the 58mm is designed for better bokeh rather than sharpness. Overall I'm looking for beautiful photos rather than pixel perfect sharpness. Can someome who owns both the 58mm and 85mm lenses advise: - is the bokeh noticeably better on the 58mm than 85mm? - does a 58mm lens provide enough compression to produce flattering portraits? - which one the'd choose if they could only take one lens to a shoot? atm I'm edging towards the 85mm because I don't need to get so close in to the subject to keep the narrow DOF at f1.4. Using a 58mm I'll need to move closer in.

zq17 asked
9 months ago

ANSWERS

Easy answer. 85/1.4G - by virtue of it being longer in focal length given the type of work you want to do (portraits), it's not only a better focal length IMO but it will give you better bokeh, AND, as a bonus, it will be sharp if you need it to be sharp should you press it into other areas than just people. Not saying the 58 isn't a viable lens, just that out of these two, I'd pick the 85/1.4G each and every time without even thinking about it - it just is a better lens all around from an image quality perspective AND is more versatile. So for the amount of coin you gotta drop to get either, I know (clearly) what line I'm in. -m Continue Reading

anotherMike answered
9 months ago

I have both. The 58 has better bokeh in my opinion. I like how light sources are football shaped, just like the original 58 1.2. Not everyone agrees though. Many prefer the round light sources of the 85. Light sources aside, I think the 58 is the bokeh champ, although just by a tiny tiny bit. The 85 is in another league when it comes to sharpness and offers very similar bokeh to the 58. I would never purchase the 58 over the 85 - unless you need that focal length. I think Nikon's 85 1.4G is one of the best lenses they've ever made and I think it's the best 85 on the market. I shot with the 85 1.2LII for years, which is great, but I prefer Nikon's 85 much more. Continue Reading

benjaminblack answered
9 months ago

I haven't posted here in quite a while, but I have to say this: the 58mm 1.4 G is a VERY special lens. I've owned all of Nikon's 85mm and 50mm F-mount lenses (except the 58 Noct) at some point in time, and I do appreciate the virtues of the 85mm 1.4G. Yes, 85mm is probably a more appropriate focal length on full frame for "typical" portraiture. But there is something remarkably pristine, three-dimensional and just plain beautiful about the way the 58mm 1.4G "draws" that no current or recent lens I've owned or used quite matches. It's not just the background bokeh characteristics; it's everything the lens does. Particularly, the 58 G can render subjects and backgrounds with a combination of great subtlety, delicacy and dimensionality, along with excellent clarity, that most modern lenses aren't designed to match. And, the very, very slightly messy veil of visually low level aberrations that is just noticeable on even high quality zooms and, to a lesser but still present extent on ... Continue Reading

Anthony Cheh answered
9 months ago

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