Another possibility for tomorrow’s announcement: new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens

Nikon 58mm F1.4 lens patent

One of the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens patent drawings

Update: the posts referring the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens were removed from Pixelistes website shortly after my post.

The admin of the French forum Pixelistes mentioned few days ago that he held in his hands a new full frame Nikon lens that will be announced in the next few days. In another post later last week he reported that the new lens will be a Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 that would weigh 385g and will have 9 elements in 6 groups with a 9-blade diaphragm. The price is supposed to be € 1,789 (around $2,400) and shipping should start on October 31th.

I cannot confirm this information but Nikon has filed multiple patents for similar lens and after the release of the Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 lens, it makes sense to release a new high end 50mm  (58mm) lens. The press conference will be tomorrow (Wednesday) at midnight EST (Thursday morning European time).

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  • xb897

    I think the price is right, but for a new af-s 300mm. A 55 or 58mm 1:1,4 lens just can’t cost the same with the 24mm 1:1,4 (or can it?). And of cource, 1.789 EUR is the price for us in Europe with VAT, so in the US the equivalent price is 1.800-2.000$.

  • Julian

    Well one good thing is it looks like Nikon is focusing on improving their pro lens lineup – and more top quality primes are always welcome.

  • Pat Mann

    This could be a very nice DX portrait lens. 50 is a bit short, the 60 is too slow, and the 85 is a bit long. This is a Goldilocks focal length for DX. Now it will be just a tough choice between this and the Zeiss, depending on how they perform in real life. Not sure they can control the longitudinal chromatic aberration and the traditional Nikon 50mm coma both in just 9 elements, though. Perhaps a real glass aspheric element to justify the price? We’ll just have to wait and see – not up yet at the time of this post.

  • Sean Molin

    Anyone else notice that those links no longer have any reference to the lens? One was removed completely, and the other just removed the information.

    • They removed all references to the 58mm lens. That means that it is the real deal and they got spanked by Nikon.

  • Alberto

    I really can’t see myself spending that amount of money on a 58mm… It’s (in my opinion) a stupid focal lenght… too longish for a general purpose lens, too short for portraiture… And very expensive indeed. I’m pretty sure the optics will be outstanding and much better than the current 50mm 1.4 AF-S G (which is soft and lacking contrast wide open) , but, as far as I’m concerned for 33% less than the price of this new 58mm lens you can get a Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art (800 euros) AND a Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 G (450 euros) and have an both an outstanding general purpose lens, and an outstanding portrait lens, both with excellent optics even wide open…

  • epandrsn

    I can’t imagine paying $2500 for a good ~50mm f1.4. I was hoping it would be around a $1000 and match the sharpness of the 85mm f1.8 wide open. I currently didn’t see any reason to get the current 50mm f1.4 as it’s horrid wide open, and the 50 1.8G version is just a better lens.

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