One Week with Nikon 58/1.4g

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One Week with Nikon 58/1.4g
Nov 16, 2013

Been shooting the 58 for the past week on the streets and beaches of Oahu. So far I enjoy the lens and it suits my style of photography. Haven't used it at a wedding nor for any studio work as of yet but I suspect it will do just fine. However, this is an expensive lens and there are several less expensive alternatives worth considering (the Otus and Noct are more expensive). No review here other than a slideshow link to some of my images (easier to view as a slideshow) and observations and questions that come to mind. If you are considering purchasing the lens hope this helps.

Linky (by the way most images wide open)

1. Not razor sharp wide open, but is it sharp enough?

2. By f/2 and f/2.8 sharpness is not an issue.

3. Lovely bokeh and rendering - as good as the 85/1.4g?

4. Does this lens produce a unique look and does it have character?

5. Extremely shallow DOF requires perfectly fine-tuned lens if shooting wide open.

6. Should be a very nice lens for wedding photographers.

7. Focus speed not an issue even in low light.

8. Nicely balanced on the d800 - curious how it looks on the DF.

9. Not a fan of this focal length, but surprised by the versatility of this lens.

10. Can it replace a 50 and 85 lens in the camera bag?

11. How does it compare to Nikon's 58/1.2 Noct and 50/1.2 AIS?

12. Is it worth $1200 more than the 50/1.4g?

13. For ultimate sharpness, is it worth spending $2300 more for the Otus?

14. How important is one of the strengths of this lens - night landscapes?

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