Nikon 58mm f/1.4 announced

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Nikon has announced the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, so it looks like there is no AF-S 50mm f/1.2 afterall. The new 58mm f/1.4 is deigned to have smooth and beautiful bokeh, low coma flare no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at f/1.4. The lens utilises Nano coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The focal length of 58mm is an interesting one, but this selection is to give an 85mm focal length equivalent when used on DX cameras. In the press release, Nikon has emphasised numerous times about its superior quality in rendering and reproduction capability, as well as the quality of bokeh. So it looks like this lens is aimed to score 10/10 on image quality. How does it compare to the “not too old” AF-S 50mm f/1.4, we will have to wait and see. The new Nikon 58mm f/1.4 is retail for $1699USD.

The Nikon 58mm f/1.4 is available to pre-order here.

 

AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Primary Features

  • A fast normal lens with a focal length of 58mm and maximum aperture of f/1.4 that utilizes advanced optical design technologies
  • Minimization of sagittal coma flare for high reproduction capability of point light sources as sharp points across the entire frame
  • Sharp, high-resolution images can be reproduced even at the maximum aperture
  • Original lens characteristics that provide natural depth reproduction with which the degree of bokeh moderately changes as the distance from the sharply focused point increases
  • Controlled light falloff retains natural brightness across the entire frame even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost

 

Photo by Siew Jun Han

Specifications

Focal length
58 mm
Maximum aperture
f/1.4
Minimum aperture
f/16
Lens construction
9 elements in 6 groups (including 2 aspherical lens elements, and lens elements with a Nano Crystal Coat)
Nano Crystal Coat
Yes
Angle of view (diagonal)
40°50′ (with Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras)
27°20′ (with Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras)
Focusing
Autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor with separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
0.58 m (1.90 ft) from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio
0.13x
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size
72 mm
Dimensions
Approx. 85 mm (maximum diameter) x 70 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight
Approx. 385 g (13.6 oz)
Accessories
LC-72 72 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-68 Bayonet Hood, CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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