David Charlesworth (www.davidiam.com) sent me few sample images taken with the just released Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens ($1,696.95) and several comparisons with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens ($216.95). You can find all full resolution photos in this Flickr set. I wanted to get the images out ASAP and did not have time to group and label them properly - you will have to look at the EXIF data for more information. I will have more detailed testing and comparisons with the Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* ZF.2 lens once I receive them in the next two-three weeks.
Here are few words from David:
"First impressions: its lighter than I imagined, but balances like a dream on the D800. Holding just the lens, its very "mount" heavy. A lot of empty plastic out the front. It almost wants to tilt out of your hand when you're holding it. Focus ring is perfectly located and smooth as silk. Lens is made in Japan, the hood in China. Autofocus speed is acceptable, won't win any competitions. Shot a number of single focus and continuous focus samples. Seemed to lock quickly in low light and keep up nicely with continuous AF. The first sample files are shot handheld, then toward the end I did more comparison shots from a tripod, mirror-up, etc. It was dark when I started, so the shots are more limited than I wanted, but should give some people something to start with."