Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4 G (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/5000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/5000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/5000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/6400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/8000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/5000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/8000s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4 G is undoubtedly an impressive lens but it falls a little short of our high expectations given the very high price tag. The lens is capable of delivering a very sharp center quality at large apertures and the border region is also decent. Stopping down improves the results until reaching truly outstanding levels at medium apertures.

The amount of vignetting is unusually low for an ultra-fast aperture lens and distortion is usually nothing to worry about either. Lateral chromatic aberrations mostly irrelevant. The quality of the bokeh is good although it doesn't stand out. Especially the foreground blur could be smoother, although that's a lesser issue admittedly.

The build quality is very high thanks to high quality materials and tight tolerances. Some may raise an eyebrow regarding the use of plastic rather than metal for the lens body though. The AF speed is fine without being a benchmark. AF noise is a non-issue thanks to the Silent-Wave motor.

Now this doesn't sound so bad actually, right ? However, the much cheaper Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4 G isn't really significantly worse and if our Canon review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM DG Art can be a guidance, the Sigma will be able to beat the Nikkor at almost half the price (which is still high enough for a nifty-fifty).

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