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p.10 #1 · p.10 #1 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


chuhsi1 wrote:
i wish i could find one of these used


Got mine off the FM Buy/Sell form. You probably won't get a real big discount.



Jun 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM
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p.10 #2 · p.10 #2 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


James R wrote:
Got mine off the FM Buy/Sell form. You probably won't get a real big discount.


I'm waiting patiently for one to show up Already planning to sell my beloved zeiss 35mm f2 to help fund the new lens that I don't need



Jun 30, 2014 at 01:18 AM
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p.10 #3 · p.10 #3 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Some 58g samples...I've been enjoying the heck out of this lens.

f/2


f/1.8


f/4


f/4



Jul 02, 2014 at 09:31 PM
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p.10 #4 · p.10 #4 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Driveitputtit wrote:
Some 58g samples...I've been enjoying the heck out of this lens.

f/2
http://www.curtdavis-photography.com/img/s5/v125/p254215088-5.jpg

f/1.8
http://www.curtdavis-photography.com/img/s5/v127/p1041855342-5.jpg

f/4
http://www.curtdavis-photography.com/img/s6/v142/p365768396-5.jpg

f/4
http://www.curtdavis-photography.com/img/s6/v144/p778887240-5.jpg


foto.theraphy?? heyy nice to see ya here man! Joseph from the cafe

I have to say, you are one lucky man!






Jul 02, 2014 at 09:54 PM
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p.10 #5 · p.10 #5 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Hey Joseph! Yes, that's me. I don't frequent here often enough. In the past, I used the Buy/Sell forum a lot as I was sorting out my kit. Haven't done much gear shuffle over the past year. As I look around here though, I'm reminded how comprehensive this forum is...I need to spend more time here.

Thanks for the words...I truly am a blessed man.



Jul 02, 2014 at 10:14 PM
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p.10 #6 · p.10 #6 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Just received my copy
Damn, this thing is SHARP.... even wide open! I have no idea where the "soft until f/2" came from. Also no AF FT needed.

I've only had it for a couple hours, so I took it out for a little hike. Nothing special here, just casual snaps. It will take me a few days to learn the lens. All wide open:






















Jul 02, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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p.10 #7 · p.10 #7 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Very nice Joseph.

My experience is there are sharper lenses wide open when shot at "close camera to subject distances". But normally, If I'm in that close, especially for a portrait, I'm at f/2 anyways. But you're right, the 58g gets way too much criticism for it's "lack of sharpness". I'll repeat what I saw you post over at the cafe...I've got plenty of ultra sharp lenses, and enjoy using them as much as the next sharpness junkie. But the 58g is plenty sharp, and renders in a manner that I absolutely love. I'm also getting quite used to the 58mm FOV, and find it to be the lens I grab if I want to grab just one and go.



Jul 02, 2014 at 10:47 PM
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p.10 #8 · p.10 #8 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Nice shots Joseph and Driveit!


Jul 02, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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p.10 #9 · p.10 #9 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Thanks man. Got some serious catch up to do with your postings. Fabulous stuff, keep it coming.


Jul 02, 2014 at 11:00 PM
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there's a refurb at robert's camera right now for $1400..very tempting.


Jul 03, 2014 at 12:05 AM
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I see that the sharpness- and the contrast- wide open is rather excellent in your copy DontShoot, and I really like the mood of your shots!

But it doesn't seem like sharpness is the reason to avoid the widest apertures- the magenta and green LoCA on the picnic table top does stand out, and I wonder how well that will be correctable. Still, great character with this lens which seems to provide Nikon shooters a lens with an AF solution very similar to Canon's 50L .



Jul 03, 2014 at 01:20 AM
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johnctharp wrote:
I see that the sharpness- and the contrast- wide open is rather excellent in your copy DontShoot, and I really like the mood of your shots!

But it doesn't seem like sharpness is the reason to avoid the widest apertures- the magenta and green LoCA on the picnic table top does stand out, and I wonder how well that will be correctable. Still, great character with this lens which seems to provide Nikon shooters a lens with an AF solution very similar to Canon's 50L .


John,

I've been shooting this lens for a few months. I don't shoot it wide open that often, but, when I do, LaCA isn't a big problem. Unlike DontShoot, my copy needed fine tuning to get max sharpness. I've read some Canon shooters mentioning the 50L's LaCA and vignetting to be pretty severe. Is that you finding? If so, would you say it is more pronounced than what you see on 58 images?




Jul 03, 2014 at 02:18 AM
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To be specific, I'm talking about LoCA- longitudinal chromatic aberration- not 'LaCA', which is lateral chromatic aberration. The lateral stuff can typically be processed away either in camera for JPEGs or in software. The longitudinal stuff, however, stays. At best you can turn it a neutral gray or some other unobtrusive color.

And the longitudinal stuff isn't a big problem if you avoid it in composition; it's the same way you'd treat a cheaper 50 in any system, as they all have it. Even the 50L has it in spades, for example, while what I've seen with the 58G looks pretty good comparatively, which is why I mentioned it in DontShoot's table shot. The 58G seems to be a compromise between the 50L's rendering 'character' and the 50 Art's highly-corrected rendering, which makes it very well suited for it's purpose.



Jul 03, 2014 at 07:25 AM
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p.10 #14 · p.10 #14 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


All the color abberations I have encountered wide open with the 58mm can be easily removed or lessened to a degree that you can't notice them in the photos by using the eye dropper on the color you want to remove in the Chromatic Aberration correction tool. It can get rid of green and magenta at the same time and is a very good tool.


Jul 03, 2014 at 07:33 AM
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p.10 #15 · p.10 #15 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Have anybody compare this lens to Sigma 50mm 1.4 art? I just received the sigma and wonder which one is better.


Jul 03, 2014 at 07:37 AM
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p.10 #16 · p.10 #16 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


johnctharp wrote:
To be specific, I'm talking about LoCA- longitudinal chromatic aberration- not 'LaCA', which is lateral chromatic aberration. The lateral stuff can typically be processed away either in camera for JPEGs or in software. The longitudinal stuff, however, stays. At best you can turn it a neutral gray or some other unobtrusive color.

And the longitudinal stuff isn't a big problem if you avoid it in composition; it's the same way you'd treat a cheaper 50 in any system, as they all have it. Even the 50L has it in spades, for example, while what I've seen with the 58G looks pretty
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Thanks. I'm aware of the difference, but haven't found Lo to be an issue--again, I'm not walking around shooting everything wide open.



Jul 03, 2014 at 09:50 AM
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p.10 #17 · p.10 #17 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


DontShoot wrote:
Just received my copy
Damn, this thing is SHARP.... even wide open! I have no idea where the "soft until f/2" came from. Also no AF FT needed.

I've only had it for a couple hours, so I took it out for a little hike. Nothing special here, just casual snaps. It will take me a few days to learn the lens. All wide open:


love the swirly bokeh!!



Jul 03, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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p.10 #18 · p.10 #18 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


Prapanpong wrote:
Have anybody compare this lens to Sigma 50mm 1.4 art? I just received the sigma and wonder which one is better.


my guess is that you'll notice the 50A is supersharp and the 58G is not razor like everyone seems to expect these days. two different lenses with characteristics on the opposite ends of the room. i think you can make image comparos in the 50A thread to this one here. pick whatever which one you like.



Jul 03, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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p.10 #19 · p.10 #19 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


For those interested in a 50 1.8G vs 58 1.4G comparison



























Jul 03, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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p.10 #20 · p.10 #20 · Nikon 58mm 1.4G lens review


I have to say, that's a very nice showing by the 50/1.8G- but it also shows why the 58/1.4G is worth it's premium .


Jul 03, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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