Nikon has decided to unveil the D5300 camera alongside the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens, which will join the company’s premium line-up of optics.
One of the fundamental parts of modern-day photography is the lens. The better the glass, the higher the chances of capturing high-quality images. Nikon has been rumored to announced a 58mm f/1.4G lens for a while, but its time has come along with the D5300.
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens announced for FX and DX cameras
The DSLR camera has replaced the D5200, while the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens does not succeed anyone, it has just joined the company’s premium optics line-up.
The Japanese manufacturer is claiming that its new lens has been designed to perform greatly in low-light conditions thanks to its very bright aperture. However, it works really well for portraits during the day, as well as for providing an impressive depth of field during video capture.
It is aimed at full frame Nikon DSLRs, but the lens is compatible with APS-C and older SLR cameras. If you own an APS-C shooter, then you will have “access” to a 35mm equivalent of 87mm.
Nikon pays a tribute to the Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 with the new AF-S 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4G lens is said to be a tribute to the Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, which is considered one of the best optics ever created.
Although the apertures are not identical, things have evolved over the past years and the new model is capable of matching the quality of its forerunner.
The company added that this professional lens provides unmatched sharpness and that users should not worry about sagittal coma aberrations during low-light photography.
Larger aperture would have prevented Nikon from keeping vignetting under control
It is worth noting that Nikon could have kept the f/1.2 aperture if it really wanted to, but the threat of major vignetting was probably too big, which is unacceptable for a premium optic.
The lens does not have an aperture ring and its internal construction consists of 9 elements in 6 groups with a couple of aspherical ones and a Nano Crystal coating to make sure that other optical flaws and aberrations are kept to a minimum.
If you want an infinite depth of field, then the 9-blade aperture can reach a maximum value of f/16. As for the minimum focusing distance, it stands at 58 centimeters and provides a 0.13x magnification.
Release date and price information
The Nikon AF-S 58mm f/1.4G lens measures 85mm in diameter and 70mm in length, while its filter thread stands at 72mm. The total weight is 385 grams.
Smooth autofocus is ensured by a Silent Wave Motor, which does a tremendous job when recording videos as well.
The release date has been scheduled for late October 2013 and a price set for $1,699.95. It can already be pre-ordered at Amazon for a price of $1,696.95.