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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

58/1.4G vs NOCT-Nikkor vs Voigtlander 58/1.4 SL (D800E, Persimmon Tree)

This comparison evaluates the overall performance of three 58mm lenses on the Nikon D800E:

All three lenses have outstanding bokeh, and all three have focus shift and field curvature, hence a comparison is ill-suited to a simple “which is best” investigation. It is more about rendering style and observing differences. And for some, autofocus might be a compelling features.

Every lens is designed for certain characteristics which trade off some behaviors for others. These include color aberrations, field flatness, control of spherical aberration, distortion, bokeh, flare, and of course, cost. All three of these lenses are properly categorized as “lenses with personality”, meaning that none of them are highly corrected optics in the sense of the very best performance possible. For that, turn to the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon, which manages to combine a medium format rendering style with the ultimate in performance.

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon NOCT-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 AIS
Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 SL

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