My 58mm f1.4 review (on Df and D4). Shots and experience in the field, not test chart review.

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Huckles
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My 58mm f1.4 review (on Df and D4). Shots and experience in the field, not test chart review.
8 months ago

Hi guys,

after the great response to my Df review, here is a review of the 58mm f1.4.

I have shot thousands of images already with it, mostly at Weddings. So my thoughts were more centred not around if it was better than the existing 50's (or by how much), but how did it compare to my favourite portraiture lens, the 85mm f1.4 G.

There are plenty of reviews out there comparing 50's but this is just an extra opinion.

Enjoy!

V

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MPA1
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In reply to Huckles, 8 months ago

Very nice work and good to read a review that cares not a whit for pointless test chart results. Thanks for taking the time.

Do you think the AF systems on the D3s/x would be adequate in light of your comments? I imagine so, but interested to know what you think.

I have not seen this lens for sale yet in New Zealand. Nikon NZ told me it was available and about $3,500 but no dealers seem to be listing it yet.

It's such an odd focal length - I can't help but wonder why they did not just make it 60mm!

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In reply to MPA1, 8 months ago

It's sweet on the 51 point system. It's not bad per se on the Df but the Df only has the 39 point clusters. $3500 NZ?! That's too much, way too much...

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In reply to Huckles, 8 months ago

thanks for posting. your shots -- and perspective -- are very interesting. i also tend to prefer the 58 on a Df, though my uses are much different to yours. in spite of its detractors, i find it to be a very useful -- and fun -- lens.

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In reply to Huckles, 8 months ago

Great review...better than the ones many here follow with near-religious fervor.

Robert

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In reply to Huckles, 8 months ago

Being primarily a DX shooter, I don't have a lot of interest in the 58.  I'm glad I read your review though....I'll take a real world review over test charts any day, but most importantly, I REALLY enjoyed your images.

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MPA1 wrote:

Very nice work and good to read a review that cares not a whit for pointless test chart results. Thanks for taking the time.

Do you think the AF systems on the D3s/x would be adequate in light of your comments? I imagine so, but interested to know what you think.

I have not seen this lens for sale yet in New Zealand. Nikon NZ told me it was available and about $3,500 but no dealers seem to be listing it yet.

It's such an odd focal length - I can't help but wonder why they did not just make it 60mm!

An odd length, but not unheard of.  My first 35mm camera, back in the early 70's, was paired with a 58mm f/1.4 lens.  The latest 58mm Nikkor also makes a nice portrait lens on DX.

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Great review.

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GASP! No test charts or angled rulers? How in God's name are we supposed to know what sort of images it can produce? Oh by the images it produces, imagine that

Thanks for this real world review. This is the difference between a photographer and an engineer doing a lens review.

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In reply to Stacey_K, 8 months ago

Nice review and great shots but at $1700 I will take the new Sigma over Nikon. Not even a contest. Sigma all the way.

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Nice photos in the review!

I don't think much of the Nikon crowd knows how to handle a lens that is very specific in its rendering and application at a given focal length. Every lens gets compared for a certain set of tests and everyone wants a winner. The Leica crowd seems to more readily accept that it may make sense to own multiple lenses at a given focal length.

Your 2-3 lens setup is similar to what I've moved to since getting back into Nikon gear:

D4s with 14-24, 58, 105 Macro
RX1 at 35

I should soon be adding the 200 f2 and I'll be pretty well set.

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Simple, short and a nice review with beautiful photographs. I like its bokeh and oof object rendering, certainly adds character.
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Really excellent examples of just what this lens was made to do.  The community really needed to see these.

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amobi wrote:

Nice review and great shots but at $1700 I will take the new Sigma over Nikon. Not even a contest. Sigma all the way.

Nice, but at $950 I'll take the 50mm f1.8G over the Sigma.  Not even a contest.  Nikon all the way.

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In reply to Huckles, 8 months ago

Solid review. Thanks for sharing.

I never thought about your lens combo recommendations and am intrigued. Now I'm wondering if I should sell my 24mm and buy a 14-24 I generally use a 24mm and 85mm prime combo. I have a 50mm, but never use it. I just picked up 2 35mm lenses.

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Huckles wrote:

It's sweet on the 51 point system. It's not bad per se on the Df but the Df only has the 39 point clusters. $3500 NZ?! That's too much, way too much...

I agree. But we apparently enjoy being ripped off....!

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Great review and images, thanks for posting. This is in my wish list for sure.

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chuhsi wrote:

Solid review. Thanks for sharing.

I never thought about your lens combo recommendations and am intrigued. Now I'm wondering if I should sell my 24mm and buy a 14-24 I generally use a 24mm and 85mm prime combo. I have a 50mm, but never use it. I just picked up 2 35mm lenses.

I have both the 24 f1.4G and the 14-24.

I like both, although sometimes I wish I had a 17-35 f1.4 zoom instead...!

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amobi wrote:

Nice review and great shots but at $1700 I will take the new Sigma over Nikon. Not even a contest. Sigma all the way.

Money isn't everything.

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Hi,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful images and your experience with this lens that is however way out of my leaque. Bokeh looks very, very nice in your pictures.

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