Premium prime? Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G in-depth review

By | June 5, 2018

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G was one of the more unexpected lens releases of 2013. It’s a fast normal prime for full frame shooters, but its $1699.95 / £1599.99 price tag represents a huge premium compared to the existing (and very good) AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G. What’s more, lab tests failed to show any clear sharpness advantage either. So why, exactly, is Nikon asking so much for this lens, and just how well does it perform in real-world use? Read our detailed review to find out. 

Landscape photography isn’t always just about capturing wide-angles and endless panoramas. I find myself frequently discovering interesting subjects my 24-70mm isn’t long enough to capture and that is when I change to the 70-200mm to get tight and close. The Nikon 70-200mm is not just a portrait lens as you most likely have come to understood it — its optical performance is phenomenal for pretty much any type of photography. The one thing you need to be cautious about when shooting landscapes, would be not to incorporate some foreground elements which are close to you, or you will have difficulty getting everything in focus, unless your aim is to isolate a topic. The lens is ideal for shooting overlooks or alternative subjects from a distance. Every once in a while, I use the 70-200mm to shoot large panoramas too. The only disadvantage of this lens is its bulk and weight.The Nikon 24mm f/3.5D PC-E is a special-purpose wide-angle tilt/shift or”view control” lens that is excellent for landscape photography. One of the biggest challenges of landscape photography is to bring everything out of the nearest foreground element to the farthest thing in the background to perfect focus. While stopping down the lens certainly helps, you may often end up in situations, in which you need to highlight a foreground thing by remaining very close to it and stopping the lens down will not provide adequate depth of field to capture everything in attention. In addition, stopping down lenses outside f/11 on full-frame cameras and outside f/8 on cropped-sensors cameras reduces picture quality due to an optical phenomenon called diffraction.