Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens announcement



Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens key features:

  • 58mm f/1.4 lens that excels in low-light and nighttime applications but also offers exciting capabilities for everyday photography and HD video recording.
  • Virtually no sagittal coma flare or light falloff throughout the entire aperture range—even at the far edges of the frame—for exceptionally sharp, evenly lit, high-contrast shots.
  • Maintain fast aperture settings even when shooting distant subjects like cityscapes and landscapes to infinity.
  • 9 rounded-blade aperture for outstanding bokeh characteristics and enhanced depth of field control.
  • Flattering, versatile 58mm focal length (87mm equivalent on DX-format D-SLRs) that pays homage to the acclaimed Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens.

MTF chart:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f:1.4G lens MTF chart

Lens construction:



Focal length
58 mm
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
Lens construction
9 elements in 6 groups (including 2 aspherical lens elements, and lens elements with a Nano Crystal Coat)
Nano Crystal Coat
Angle of view (diagonal)
40°50' (with Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras)
27°20' (with Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras)
Autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor with separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
0.58 m (1.90 ft) from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size
72 mm
Approx. 85 mm (maximum diameter) x 70 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 385 g (13.6 oz)
LC-72 72 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-68 Bayonet Hood, CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch

Supplied accessories:


  • HB-68 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • LC-58 Snap-On Front Lens Cap 58mm
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1015 Soft Lens Case

Press release:

The New AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens Unleashes Low-Light Shooting Potential for FX and DX-Format Shooters

Fast, Sharp and Powerful, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens Helps Capture Perfect Portraits and HD Video Even in Extreme Low-Light Scenarios

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a professional grade prime lens offering a versatile 58mm perspective and excellent low-light shooting capabilities for FX and DX-format shooters. Designed to excel at night and in extreme low-light situations, this new NIKKOR lens sports a diverse feature set and optical design that make it a dependable and versatile option for daytime portraits, nighttime cityscapes or sharp HD video with a dramatic depth of field. Paying homage to the acclaimed original Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens is capable of capturing stunning photos and videos while achieving beautiful bokeh effects.“With the development of every NIKKOR lens, Nikon aims to provide photographers with the powerful and versatile lensing options needed to capture stunning images and HD video in a variety of difficult shooting scenarios,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Combining Nikon’s storied NIKKOR legacy with renowned optical technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens presents the premier prime lensing option for FX and DX-format shooters who expect the best in low-light performance.”Optimized for elite performance in even the most challenging low-light scenarios, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G sports a unique 58mm (87mm DX-format equivalent) fixed focal length, making it ideal for shooting both flattering portraits, landscapes and street photography. Both FX-format and DX-format shooters will appreciate a wide and fast f/1.4 aperture that helps to ensure professional-grade photos and edge-to-edge sharpness, combined with overwhelming rendering performance. Even while focusing at infinity, the lens’ high resolving power has the ability to process distant subjects with amazing clarity. Whether shooting dynamic nighttime cityscapes or astrophotography, top-class low-light performance is ensured with minimal sagittal coma, while light falloff is controlled to retain brightness and reduce vignetting, even while wide open.The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens is also powered by core NIKKOR technologies designed to provide the user with the ultimate in clarity and control, and the capability to capture beautiful photos and HD video even in extreme low-light. The lens sports a rounded nine-blade diaphragm, providing both FX and DX-format shooters with a circular bokeh, allowing for dramatic sense of natural depth in landscapes and beautiful image blur. Additionally, the lens features a Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, as well as a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to help ensure quiet AF operation, even when shooting HD video. For users who want the utmost control of every frame, two focus modes are available, including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual).

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens will be available in late October 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,699.95*.

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  • Harv.!

    I’ve got no issues with Nikon making this lens, whether there’s a big enough market for it at that price I’m not sure…I would have thought there were other lenses from the A-FD range that required the A-FS treatment first ? the AF 24mm f/2.8D, 35mm f/2D, AF DC 135mm f/2 to name a few.
    Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems an odd lens to bring out at this point considering the 50mms they already have…I wonder if this lens was supposed to be announced together with the D4 but production was delayed due to the flooding they had at the Nikon lens factory a few years ago ?

  • WolfDengler

    Well, I guess it´s the answer to the Zeiss Otus; nice lens, but for very special purposes

  • hahaha

    I upgraded from Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (80 USD) to Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G (580 USD) and if you ask me if the increase in performance is worth 500 USD. I would say no!!! Now this Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G is 1700. I take portraits but I already have Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART. So I will most likely not upgrade to this Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G. But you all might want to take note. If Nikon limit the production of this lens. The price next time for this lens might be more than 3000 (like the Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2). Well you never know, so never say never. I would most likely rent this lens if reviews show there are good reasons for it.

  • saywhatuwill

    Throughout the years I read complaint after complaint about how Nikon has three great f/1.4 lenses and the 50mm wasn’t worthy of being with the other three. Well here it is and now people are complaining. Can’t please anyone.
    My initial reaction was, “is Nikon kidding? $1600 for a 58mm f/1.4 when they already have a $400 50mm?” Then I looked at the press release and saw the specs. It’s actually a nice lens and I might pick it up. I just wish the 85mm f/1.4g has aspherical lenses in it so I wouldn’t need to correct for the magenta and green fringes. Maybe in the next update.

  • Julian

    If my 50 f/1.4G ever packs up I might get this. Otherwise I don’t think I can justify it – I do think the 50 can be improved upon – and I guess this is the lens to do it.

  • Anto de Chav

    This is a lovely lens,9 blade aperture and a 72mm filter size.. and at 385grams it will be easy to manage..

  • Did u know that

    At that price it better deliver tack sharp results for whatever is in focus at 1.4, unlike the current 50mm f/1.4 which is a lens I rarely use at larger apertures than f/2 because of the softness wide open that even extends to details that are in perfect focus.

    I am tempted to pick up the new 58mm, but it will take a bit of convincing in form of reviews and quite a few third party sample photos first.

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