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p.1 #1 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Hi guys,

Just finished putting this review together, and hope it will be of some use for anyone thinking about getting this lens

Full review on the blog (some example portraits NSFW)

http://fleetingcaptures.blogspot.com/2014/03/nikon-58mm-14g-review.html

C&C welcomed...thanks for looking!













85mm 1.4G on the left, 58mm 1.4G on the right



























Mar 05, 2014 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Nice read, thanks for sharing. Very nice photos. One question though.

With 58mm being fairly close to 85mm do you happen to have any example shots comparing the bokeh and sharpness between the 2 with the same framing?

Thanks again!



Mar 05, 2014 at 07:59 PM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Thanks for sharing! The only thing your review is missing is a good, real world comparison (i.e. people shots) between the 58, 50, and 85, all of which you mentioned in the review. I get a great sense of depth in your images, but it's difficult to quantify that feeling without seeing where the other lenses lack.


Mar 05, 2014 at 08:12 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Yes, someone should really compared this 58 1.4 to the 85 1.4


Mar 05, 2014 at 09:50 PM
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p.1 #5 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Really nice rendition.

The extra 8mm seems to help a bit to control perspective distortion while remaining a very natural field of view (Shoulders aren't as huge as I would expect coming from a 50 1.4 G).

Too bad it's wayyyy outta my price range.



Mar 05, 2014 at 10:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Thanks for the review and the test images- this lens is downright gorgeous!

photoguycanada wrote:
Yes, someone should really compared this 58 1.4 to the 85 1.4


Not a real-world test, but I find DxO does a pretty good job and dileneating the differences between lenses. Particularly, note the better vignetting and CA performance of the 58G, both of which contribute to higher perceived sharpness by lowering the need for post-processing corrections that would otherwise rob sharpness from images taken in situations where the lens is pushed. I included the 50L since it's mentioned in the review and is most known for it's rendering and used the D600 as the Nikon body to control for resolution.



Mar 06, 2014 at 12:36 AM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Thank you for sharing reesem. I have been waiting for such feedback.
But it raises a question for me - if you mostly use f1.8 on this lens and you rank the 50g f1.8 as sharpest wide open, what does the high price really get you ? Just the nano-coating ?



Mar 06, 2014 at 12:50 AM
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p.1 #8 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


digicV wrote:
Thank you for sharing reesem. I have been waiting for such feedback.
But it raises a question for me - if you mostly use f1.8 on this lens and you rank the 50g f1.8 as sharpest wide open, what does the high price really get you ? Just the nano-coating ?


It gets you crazy nice bokeh and super smooth transitions... and the lens is SHARP enough at 1.4 too.

@ 1.8...









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Mar 06, 2014 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #9 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


This lens wasn't designed to be supremely sharp, it was designed to render a unique image with pleasing bokeh, almost no coma, and very little vignetting... or at least that's what Nikon says.


Mar 06, 2014 at 01:30 AM
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p.1 #10 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Perfect review of this lens.


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p.1 #11 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Hey guys! Thanks for all the feedback!

@Hardcore: that's a great point about comparing the 85mm 1.4. Unfortunately, I don't have any side by side comparison images at the moment, since I use both lenses for very different purposes (85 is my tele during wedding ceremonies and receptions, while the 58 is my closer-in for getting ready photos and model shoots). I'll see if I can make some side by side comparisons during a shoot, and post here.

@myam203: I actually reviewed both the 50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.4G, but they are in different posts. Here are the links:
http://fleetingcaptures.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-nikon-50mm-18g-lens.html
http://fleetingcaptures.blogspot.com/2012/08/review-nikon-85mm-14g-lens.html
You bring up a good point though about those comparisons, so I'll link these reviews within the 58mm post.

@digicV: the price gets you the look and character of the lens. It's just really different from portrait lenses I've used prior, esp. with how it gives an ethereal feel to the images. The nano coating is definitely nice, but it's really just icing on the cake for this piece of glass.




Mar 06, 2014 at 01:39 AM
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p.1 #12 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Wow you do
Some really good work. And yes I've been on the 58G wagon since it's release. This lens is a keeper!



Mar 06, 2014 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #13 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


This was a nice review, thanks!!!

However....the 100% crops look much different from a 36.3 mp camera than they do from a 12.2 & 16 mp cameras. The D800/E reveals all flaws in a lens.

.......And to show all of you that have this 58mm, including myself, how low the coma is at the edges at f/1.4. I took a five minute exposure of the night sky using my AstroTrac and took a shot of the sky (constellation Sculptor) and I included a 100% crop of the extreme upper right corner. I chose this corner since it was the worst of the four corners but all corners were fairly equal in appearance.

It is a great lens and I too will keep it for good. I just want to shoot some portraits with it, hopefully soon. F/1.4 astronomy is no longer a dream, it's a reality with this lens. I just have to remove some CA with capture NX2 because it is visible with this lens at f/1.4 when imaging tiny points of light such as stars.

Todd

1. Full image at f/1.4







2. 100% crop of upper right corner









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Mar 06, 2014 at 04:27 AM
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p.1 #14 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


You guys trying to get me to break into my piggy-bank or what?


Mar 06, 2014 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #15 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


LoL, not sure... Do you want to? I think that you do... ha!

James R wrote:
You guys trying to get me to break into my piggy-bank or what?




Mar 06, 2014 at 05:40 AM
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p.1 #16 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Thanks for sharing..Im really set to get 85G but this 58 is just tempting..


Mar 06, 2014 at 06:03 AM
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p.1 #17 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


@low325: Thank you!!
@Todd: thanks for sharing! I actually have yet to use this lens on some night scenes hehe.
@James R: of course not...
@robert829: both lenses render people extremely well, and if you're deciding between the two, I'd say it comes down to how close you normally are to your subjects when shooting.



Mar 06, 2014 at 07:46 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Would like to see the D3X use this lens for Astronomy. I bet it would better the D800.

Flame suit on.



Mar 06, 2014 at 09:38 AM
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p.1 #19 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


I find it interesting the first copy was so out of spec, you couldn't fix it with AF fine tune. Grats to the new lens! Looks wonderful!


Mar 06, 2014 at 09:57 AM
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p.1 #20 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Nice pics, great information.


Mar 06, 2014 at 01:36 PM
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