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Go beyond the ordinary with Nikkor 58mm, 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, AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G offers thrilling new capabilities and inspiration.
When shooting photos or video in low light especially at night you often want your lens aperture wide open. With many lenses, though, shooting at maximum aperture can cause a slight distortion at the edge of your frame points of light render as diamond-shaped flares. The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is specially designed to combat this distortion while providing even brightness across the frame. Capture sharp, evenly lit photos and videos, edge to edge.
The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G adds a dramatic sense of depth to your compositions both at short distances as well as longdistance landscapes. When shooting stills of a close subject, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G can achieve beautiful bokeh with soft, natural edges that diminishes smoothly away from your focal point. When recording HD video, use these outstanding bokeh characteristics for interesting smooth focusing transitions and drawing attention to your subject.
Paying homage to the acclaimed Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, the 58mm focal length falls in the sweet spot between a standard lens (50mm) and a medium telephoto lens (85mm). On an FX-format D-SLR, it offers a natural perspective with just enough telephoto characteristic to control depth of field. On a DX-format D-SLR, its 87mm equivalent perspective is ideal for portraits and other medium telephoto uses.
Reviewed by 3 customers
Sharpness is only average for an f/1.4 lens, but this lens is about so much more than sharpness. Bokeh is to die for, and even more importantly this lens just makes people glow in decent lighting that would still look flat on lesser lenses. or portraits you just can't do any better. I use this lens on a Nikon Df, which matches well. Most of the complaints about sharpness I've seen come from D800/810 users pixel-peeping at 100% on their 36 megapixel files. This is NOT a pixel-peep lens, and if its spec-chart bragging rights you are after then you will be better served with the Zeiss Otus or the new Sigma Art. If, however, you want everyone and everything you point your camera at to be rendered well on a print of file (viewed as an image, not at single-pixel level) then this is as good as it gets on the Nikon system.
If there is such a thing as an "environmental portraitist," I am he. Through my photography, I try to show people in their environment being comfortable in their "own skin." I own the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G, which is also a great lens with beautiful bokeh, but the angle of view is too narrow to show the environment surrounding the subject. However, the 58mm lens's angle of view is wide enough to show the environment that surrounds the subject. The last thing I am going to say about the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens is "Wow."
..don't expect sharpness wide open unless you plan very carefully. Beautiful transition from focused area outward- this lens' specialty. A lot of chromatic aberration remains @ f/ 1.4 in high contrast areas, necessitating correction in post if you suffer from pixel-peeperism. Stopping down to f/2- makes creating a point of acceptable sharpness easier, but you lose a bit of creamy bokeh. I wouldn't recommend this lens for somebody looking for a "Nifty Fifty" or "walk around" lens. It's a lens where you plan your shots, looking for opportunities to accentuate its ability to render points of out of focus lights beautifully and produce dreamy transition from focus to out of focus area. It's ability to turn a background into a dreamy blur-scape sets it apart from the 50 1.4 G, D in my opinion.