Nikon has unveiled the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens priced at $1696, apt timing after Zeiss released their $4000 55mm last week. The lens uses two aspherical elements, a Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon's Super Integrated Coating in an attempt to remove all traces of flaring or light falloff. Nikon claims this will allow it to be used in low-light situations by maintaining edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures.
The 58mm lens features an aperture range from f/1.4 to f/16 and a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for producing that beloved bokeh. It also features a Silent Wave Motor for quick, quiet autofocusing and fast switching between auto and manual focus. The lens has a 1.9 foot minimum focusing distance and a 72mm filter thread.
It is built with Nikon's F mount for compatibility across Nikon's entire range of FX and DX-format DSLR cameras. Also, when used with DX-format cameras it provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 87mm, ideal for portraits.
Summary of features:
- Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and excellent low-light performance
- The 58mm focal length offers a blend between a standard lens and a medium telephoto, offering a natural perspective with a slight exaggeration of depth of field
- Optical design includes 9 elements in 6 groups
- Two aspherical lens elements assist in the correction of distortion and coma flaring
- The Silent Wave Motor permits fast switching between autofocus to manual operation with Nikon's M/A mode
- Nano Crystal Coating helps to eliminate internal lens element reflections
- Super Integrated Coating delivers accurate colors to your camera by minimizing flaring and ghosting
So those of you who use Nikon and were drooling at the Otus, this might just be the substitution (and probably the lens that better fits your needs) you were hoping for. The 58mm f/1.4G will be available in late October, so you won't have to wait long.