Review of Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

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Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

In short

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical - one of Nikon's best standard fixed lenses with auto focus support. 'Standard' here means a lens with a standard focal length (usually 35 to 85 mm). Immediately about the main thing: although Nikon 58 / 1.4G is good enough, it has a too high price tag.

About Nikon 58 / 1.4G all at once, without leaving the cash desk:

  1. it's not a fifty dollars. 58 mm focal length slightly change its scope and ease of use. I would like to see Nikon instead of Nikon 58 / 1.4G 50/1.2G (E) (analogue Canon EF Lens 50mm 1: 1.2 L USM or Canon EF Lens 50mm 1: 1.0 L Ultrasonic). But nothing who wants an autofocus lens from Nikon at F / 1.2 - let them look towards the mirrorless and Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm 1: 1.2 N (Nikon 1 Nikkor 32 Nano Crystal Coat). On the other hand, on Nikon DX cameras, the Nikon 58 / 1.4G lens has EGF, equal to 87 mm and is very suitable for portrait shooting. The increased focal length (58 instead of 50mm) can be both helpful and a hindrance in some cases. Who needs less - look to the side Tamron SP 45mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD.
  2. more simple Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM not so worse than Nikon 58 / 1.4G to overpay as much as 4 times
  3. Nikon 58 / 1.4G case is made of plastic (or some more durable material?). Modern manual metal Nikon 50mm 1: 1.2 Nikkor (AI-S) crying bitterly
  4. Nikon 58 / 1.4G has no direct relation to the truly legendary Nikon Noct-NIKKOR 58mm 1: 1.2 (Ai-s), and also has nothing to do with the old Nippon Kogku Japan NIKKOR-S Aut0 1: 1.4 f = 5.8cm. The Nikon 58 / 1.4G is just an ordinary modern development for the TOP segment, where Nikon had a hole before the Nikon 58 / 1.4G was released. UPDATED: after the announcement of the 'real Noct' in the face Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct my thoughts were confirmed - Nikon 58 / 1.4G has nothing to do with the line of legendary Noct-s.
  5. Nikon 58 / 1.4G has a low focus speed. The lens travel time from infinity to MDF and vice versa is identical to the lens Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM. I have repeatedly mentioned that this is one of the main shortcomings of Nikon 50 / 1.4G. The same sore from Nikon 50 / 1.4G inherited and Nikon 58 / 1.4G. Most likely, the lenses simply use the same ring focusing motor (these data are not exactly confirmed). It's a shame, but Chinese YONGNUO LENS EF 50mm 1: 1.8 focuses significantly faster than the Nikon 58 / 1.4G, and costs 30 (thirty) times cheaper.
  6. focus ring Nikon 50 / 1.4G rotates 180 degrees; Nikon 58 / 1.4G rotates approximately 135 degrees
  7. Nikon 58 / 1.4G has an MDF of 58 cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1: 7.7. Wherein Nikon 50 / 1.4G  и Nikon 50 / 1.8G focus from 45 cm, and the maximum zoom ratio is much better and is 1: 6.7
  8. as we can see - some 'improvements'!

UPDATED: Nikon 58 / 1.4G price tag is comparable to the optical mirrorless monster Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.2 S... Nikon Z system mirrorless cameras are definitely better looking to the side Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.2 S.

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical with original hood

Main technical characteristics of Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical:

Review Instance Name 'Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G' gold lettering. White lettering 'Nikon Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical ø72' 215349
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - the lens is designed for Nikon FX full-format cameras
  • AF S (built in Auto Focus motor) - built-in focus motor
  • G (Gelded) - no aperture control ring, focus distance transmission to the camera
  • SWM (Silent wave motor) - silent wave (ultrasonic) focus motor
  • M / A (autofocus with manual override) - auto focus with manual control priority
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • N (Nano crystal coat) - nanocrystalline antireflection of optics
  • RD (Rounded Diaphragm) - rounded petals aperture
  • During focusing, there is no lengthening of the frame of the body, analogue of internal focusing
  • Rubber basket (Rubber lens mount seal) - dustproof and waterproof mount seal
  • Golden ring - a gold ring near the front lens
  • ASPHERICAL - use of special aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • Listed professional equipment Nikon NPS
Front Filter Diameter 72 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 58 mm

Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for digital full-frame and crop cameras
Number of aperture blades 9 pieces, petals rounded
Tags a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet (3, 1.5, 1, 0.8, 0.58 and infinity), depth of field tags for F / 16, bayonet mount mark and lens mounts
Diaphragm F / 1.4 to F / 16, without aperture ring
MDF 0.58 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 7.7
The weight 385 g
Optical design 9 elements in 6 groups

optical design Nikon 58mm F1.4G

The scheme includes:

  • 2 aspherical (ASPHERICAL) elements are shown in blue on the optical scheme
  • N (Nano Crystal Coat) element / elements (with nanocrystalline enlightenment). Unfortunately, the position of these elements / element is not indicated on the optical diagram
Lens hood Nikon HB-68 plastic hood with re-installation for transport
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN
Period From October 16, 2013 to the present
Instructions See
3D view See
Price

Describe the focus in detail, the assembly does not make sense. Everything is very similar or identical Nikon 50 / 1.4G.

A line of autofocus original Nikon Nikkor lenses with F / 1.4 for full-frame SLR cameras with Nikon F mount:

  1. Nikon 24final match.G
  2. Nikon 28final match.D
  3. Nikon 28final match.E
  4. Nikon 35final match.G
  5. Nikon 50/1.4 (MKI) -> Nikon 50/1.4 (MKII) -> Nikon 50final match.D (MKIII MIJ) -> Nikon 50final match.D (MKIII MIC)
  6. Nikon 50final match.G
  7. Nikon 58final match.G
  8. Nikon 85final match.D
  9. Nikon 85final match.G
  10. Nikon 105final match.E

Separately, there is a particularly fast autofocus lens for Nikon Z system mirrorless cameras:

  1. Nikon 50 / 1.2 ZS

And separately there is a particularly fast autofocus lens for Nikon 1 system mirrorless cameras:

  1. Nikon 32 / 1.2 N
Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical with hood in transport mode

Image quality and sample photos

In general, the image quality is fine.

Strengths

  • excellent color rendering
  • great bokeh
  • low distortion
  • good enough backlit work
  • good (confident) sharpness in the center of the frame at F / 1.4, excellent on covered apertures

Weak sides

  • noticeable chromatic aberration
  • strong spherochromatism, it is also 'freezing' - the color of contrasting elements of the image outside the focus area in purple and green

Pictures from Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without making additional adjustments.

The review helped prepare a professional presenter and actress Anastasia Gubanova.

You can download the original photos in the '.RAW / .NEF' format at this link. Several photos in processing here и here.

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

My experience

Nikon Development Department:

  • making an autofocus lens of class 50 / 1.2 for SLR cameras does not work - instead, let's make an autofocus 58 / 1.4. UPDATED: Full-frame 2020 / 50 lens comes out in September 1.2 - Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.2 Sbut only for mirrorless cameras.
  • why do we need a new motor for Nikon 58 / 1.4G, old from Nikon 50 / 1.4G should come
  • Nikon 58 / 1.4G doesn’t need high focusing speed, it's a creative lens!
  • you need to add more plastic, inflate the case, deepen the front lens shaft, add the letter N - to make it big, heavy, professional! And it must be produced in Japan, so that the client feels all the power and all the quality earth forces optical power! And the lens hood? We will order the blend in China and let it be 'Made in China' from the outside.
  • we will not tell anyone on which lenses we will apply our nanocrystals (N-antireflection). What are you saying? Apply to just one? Let's do it! Draw the main letter 'N' on the body! Let amateurs also think that 'N' is like Canon's 'L' (after all, the anonymous person reading this section thinks that way!)
  • Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM Art tearing Nikon 58 / 1.4G resolution? For the first time we hear!
  • Canon back in 1989 had autofocus Canon EF Lens 50mm 1: 1.0 L Ultrasonic, Nikon ... Nikon will never have this, mount size, that's it. Seriously, Nikon has nothing lighter than the rangefinder Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-N Auto 1: 1.1 f = 5cm (fluoroscopic perversions with TV-Nikkor 1: 0.9 f = 35mm do not count). UPDATED: out Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.2 S и Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct, but only for mirrorless cameras.
  • Why make a filter on a classic 77 mm? Let them suffer with a slightly smaller diameter of 72 mm!
  • a few years later: it is not possible to make an autofocus 85 / 1.2 - instead, let's make an autofocus 105/1.4! We already have experience with 58 / 1.4. A focus motor for 105/1.4 take from some Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6that was lying in stock (link where you can look at the most powerful focus motor for 105 / 1.4) We already had a ride with Nikon 85 / 1.4G! Just write on the body SWM and sell!
  • we will be 2017 years old in 100, you can do everything! And this is an idea! Put the logo 'Nikon 100th Anniversary' on three-part iconostasis and sell in tridentor!
  • 58 is like 85, only the numbers are reversed. The psychological trick! The mystery of the focal length is revealed!
  • in Canon legions speak openly and point out about the dust and moisture resistance of its flagship Canon EF Lens 50mm 1: 1.2 L USM, and we will be somewhere clearly indicate protection Nikon 58 / 1.4G? No, we will not!
  • What is the salt of Nikon 58 / 1.4G? There is no salt, and therefore we will tell everyone about super-bokeh and talk about the connection with the legendary Nikon Noct-NIKKOR 58mm 1: 1.2. UPDATED: they released a replacement - Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct.
  • provide a lens to antiquity Kenny, he will arrange the right PR a week before the official announcement - and sales will skyrocket
  • on the network, we will launch an advertisement 'anonymous filming on Nikon D3100, remember, Nikon 58 / 1.4G is a dream for your sweet dreams'
  • and let's still sell the Nikon 58 / 1.4G for four Nikon 50 / 1.4G. The golden ring is worth it! People are eating! World! Work! Dollars!
  • how to get around the enemy Canon EF Lens 50mm 1: 1.2 L USM? Just set the price tag for $ 300-400 higher. Who is more expensive is better!
  • or maybe release the updated Nikon Noct-NIKKOR 58mm 1: 1.2 and show Otusu 1.4 / 55 where do crayfish hibernate? No, it’s better to release more in 2017 whale plugs without stub and with limited compatibility with old cameras... UPDATE: did show with Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct... But again - for mirrorless cameras.

If you put aside humor and mockery, then Nikon 58 / 1.4G still good lens (not great and not very good, but just good)... In general, it is overrated. If the financial component does not matter, feel free to buy Nikon 58 / 1.4G.

If add to Nikon 50 / 1.4G gold ring (!), 8 mm focal length, letter 'N' (and no one will ever know the difference in enlightenment), selling for $ 1100 more - you can easily get a Nikon 58 / 1.4G.

For creative photography, as well as for portrait photography, I recommend getting a lens for the same money Nikon 85 / 1.4G (or any good 85th one).

For reference: 58mm is actually a very common focal length. For example, a lot of prime lenses were produced with this focal length value - the most widespread and widespread lens is Helios-44. 58/ 2 (a trillion of his modifications and many of his ancestors in the face Biotarov) And even now they release pretty Voigtlander nokton 58mm F1.4 SLII и Voigtlander nokton 58mm F1.4 SL II S и Petzval 58mm f / 1.9 Art.

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical and YONGNUO LENS EF 50mm 1: 1.8

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical and YONGNUO LENS EF 50mm 1: 1.8. Nikon can to eat Yagu and not choke.

Who has a limited budget and no funds to buy Nikon 58 / 1.4G, look at the Nikon 50 / 1.8 or Nikon 50 / 1.4 line:

All Nikon 50 / 1.8 Autofocus Lenses

  1. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (first version, MKI) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1990. It is easy to distinguish by a window with a focusing distance and a narrow plastic focus ring. There are two subversions that are no different:
    • MKI first subversion. Weighing 210 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From September 1986 to March 1987. Serial numbers start at 2
    • MKI second version. Weighing 165 grams. It is easy to distinguish by the absence of a screw under the inscription '1: 1.8'. From 1987 to 1990. Serial numbers start at 3.
  2. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (second version, MKII, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was produced in Japan and China. The MK II version was produced from 1990 to 2001. There are three subversions that are no different:
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 2002 to this day. All lenses are made in China.
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as '1.8 G'-version or '1.8 AF-S' version) - the lens has been produced since 2011, all lenses are made in China.
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical Special Edition (fifth version, MKVbetter known as version 'Special Edition' or 'SE' or version for the camera with a retro design of the case Nikon Df) - the lens has been available since the fall of 2013. All lenses are made in China.
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm 1: 1.8 S, from summer 2018, lens for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount... Diagram of 12 elements in 9 groups, 2 ED, 2 ASP.

Details on the lineup of fifty dollars from Nikon can be found in my article 'All Nikon autofocus fifty dollars'.

All Nikon 50-58 / 1.4 / 1.2 autofocus lenses

  1. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (first version, MK I) - the lens was produced only in Japan from 1986 to 1991
  2. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4 AF Nikkor (second version, MK II, also known as the 'N', or the 'NEW' version) - the lens was only available in Japan from 1991 to 1995
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor (third version, MKIIIbetter known as 'D'-version) - the lens is available from 1995 to this day. There are two subversions that are no different.
  4. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.4G AF-S Nikkor SWM (fourth version, MKIVbetter known as 'G' version) - the lens is only available in China from 2008 to this day.
  5. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical (version better known as'58/1.4') - the lens is only available in Japan from 2013 to this day.
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm 1: 0.95 S Noct - The lens is available from 2019 to this day. Premium Lens for Mirrorless Cameras Nikon Z... It does not have automatic focus, but has a record aperture. Complex optical design with 17 elements in 10 groups, with 4 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements.
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 / 1.2 S - The lens has been produced from 2020 to the present day. Professional S-line lens for mirrorless cameras Nikon Z... Complex optical design with 17 elements in 15 groups, with 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements
Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical, view from the bayonet side

Prices

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Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical, camera view Nikon D90. The view of the most expensive modern autofocus fifty-fifty was shot using the cheapest autofocus modern fifty-fifty YONGNUO LENS EF 50mm 1: 1.8... What an irony ...

Results

Nikon 58 / 1.4G left a mixed impression. Good image quality at a very high price. In any case, this is so far the best autofocus fifty dollars or about fifty dollars from Nikon.

  1. a list of all autofocus original and non-original fifty dollars for Nikon cameras can be found here
  2. You will find useful information about choosing an original portrait lens for Nikon cameras. here
  3. Useful information on choosing a budget portrait lens for Nikon cameras can be found here
  4. interesting observations about all autofocus fifty dollars from Nikon and Canon you will find here

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Comments: 178, on the topic: Review of the Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 58mm 1: 1.4G Nano Crystal Coat SWM Aspherical

  • alexey

    I like it at 850 and I liked it at 800 ke, the rest is not interesting to me, who likes 50mm 1.4 is not a problem forward.

  • BAHO444

    By the way, this review objectively wins thanks to the shooting conditions in this review, and a very pretty girl-model, if leaves and flowers were shot for them, then enthusiastic exclamations about the “drawing” would be much less :)

  • Alexey

    How can you evaluate the quality of top-end optics on a corp camera? If you showed a photo on 50 / 1.4 g and 58 / 1.4g on a d600-d800, then you could judge the picture. I shot on d800 with Nikor 50 / 1.4g and when I switched to 58 / 1.4g and was pleasantly surprised to say the least. In the 50s, there was a soap picture which diaphragm you couldn’t set (the modernized screwdriver version) and judging by the geometry the distortion was greater there. In 58mm, the real sharpness in the center starts from 3.2. About the case size a lot of flooding and I like that the lens is deeply recessed and there is no need for a lens hood because I set the nd filter b + w vario and it would not be convenient to work with it with the hood installed.

  • Alexey

    58/1.4

  • Alexey

    50/1.4

  • Alexey

    Personally, my opinion is that 58 / 1.4 is a kind of symbiosis of bokeh and sharpness (although there is sharper optics). And it is intended primarily for art photography, although I had to shoot a subject on it as well.

  • Alexey

    Nikon 58 / 1.4g

  • Alexey

    All frames were shot on Full frame cameras. The first 3-Nikon d-800, subject on Nikon d-850.

    • Oleg

      This topic is already hackneyed here, it is criticized not for its optical properties, but for its inflated price, lack of dust and moisture protection as a competitor at a higher price, a slow focusing motor inherited from a cheaper brother, and an excellent hood "made in china" will give a special charm when shooting a wedding. From the fact that the company, for marketing reasons, released two fifty dollars with the same aperture, one shit for 300 bucks, and the second good one for 1500 with the same aperture, it did not stop being just fifty dollars, and in order to separate one from the other, it simply added 8mm focal length, without adding no dust and moisture protection, no faster autofocus and throwing a cheap Chinese hood to the pile, but yes, you can not wear it

  • Eugene

    I really liked about AF

    I have been using it for 10 years 50 1.4g I don’t know what to replace with everything.
    I don’t sell a 13 year old 1.8D because it’s incomparably faster in indoor reporting.

    So I liked what they wrote that he is just as bad 58mm as 50 1,4G. The drive is most likely the same.

    And in three other tests, at the first request in Google, it was only briefly written about FAST, but not very AF. In general, paid reviews.

    • Michael

      50 1.8g does not seem to have such problems

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