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

For Nikon users the choice is quite wide, especially when you factor-in some of the older AF-D type lenses to mix. While we’ve yet to analyze and add the new Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 to our database, we have tested eight models on the D800, including the highly regarded Sigma 50mm f1.4 and Zeiss 50mm f2.0 MP. Note that Nikon Nikkor 60mm f2.8 included is the older, discontinued AF-D model  and not the newer AF-S model.

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D3293216
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G4483216
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon4993216
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon12803117
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G2193116
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D1342917
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G17002818
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D4602818
Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon7252613

While the ranking for the new Nikkor lens is a little surprising, on the plus side it is one of the sharpest ‘normal’ lenses that we’ve tested on the D800 to date. We'll go into more detail but it’s worth bearing in mind the overall DxOMark score takes uniformity across the field into account, whereas our Sharpness Score is weighted towards the image center.