Bokeh comparison between Sigma, Otus and Nikkor 58mm

Started Apr 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
coreyh
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In reply to Dibyendu Majumdar, Apr 21, 2014

The 58mm 1.4g is just not sharp enough for my liking.  You can slice it any way you want, but it is just not a sharp lens wide open.  It does sharpen up nicely by f2 and that is where I see a lots of photographers shooting @ with this lens.  I can't help but think they are shooting at this aperture because they want the extra sharpness, not because they want the extra depth of field, but I could be wrong and there actually may be photographers out there that purchase f1.4 lenses and faster just to shoot them stopped down.

I am not one of those.  I purchase f1.4 lenses to shoot @ f1.4 and stop down when I need which isn't very often because I like shallow depth of field.  I also like sharpness and the 58mm just looks like you smeared toothpaste all over the front element @ f1.4.  The Sigma however, looks very nice with high sharpness and most importantly, very good micro contrast wide open.  The 58mm is just soft and lacks contrast.

I can also enhance my bokeh very easily in post process by using a radial filter with a slight blur.  I cannot however, rid the 58mm of the lack of sharpness and micro contrast.

If the lens is capable of nice sharp images @ f2.0 and keep the nice bokeh like the 58mm does, then I see no reason except a screw up that it cannot shoot sharply @ f1.4 and also have nice bokeh.

I do see a lot of nice web size images from the 58mm.  They do have very nice bokeh, but when people are brave enough to post 100% crops @ f1.4 I cringe.

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