Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4 G lens review: Premium performer?

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday November 12 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Premium Price, Premium Performer? | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4G lens performance | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G versus competition | Conclusion

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Versus Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Versus Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D all three mounted on Nikon D800

Compared to the current AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G (which remains in the range) and the now discontinued film-era AF-D iteration, the new 58mm model is some four points behind both in overall IQ.

Individually the new Nikkor has the higher sharpness overall but the current 50mm is sharper at full aperture, while both are sharper than the AF-D model.

Stopped down to f2.8 and the new Nikkor is sharper in the centers than either but the outer field, edges and corners are similar to the old AF-D model and someway behind the current 50mm model until f11, where the new 58mm has high sharpness from corner-to-corner.

At full aperture, the new 58mm f1.4 is marginally behind the current 50mm f1.4 AF-S model

Stopped down the new 58mm f1.4 has very high sharpness levels but it’s restricted to the center of the field till f11 where sharpness extends across the frame