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New Nikkor 58mm F/1.4 Coming Within The Month [RUMOR]

By Anthony Thurston on October 15th 2013

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We have had plenty of Canon and Sigma rumors lately; I don’t know about you but I was beginning to think that Nikon had fallen off the rumor mill, ha! That was until I saw this nice new Nikon rumor hot off the press.

According to the latest rumor Nikon is poised to be releasing a brand new Nikkor 58mm F/1.4 lens within the next few weeks. Details are pretty sketchy at this point but the lens would likely feature 9 glass elements in 6 groups with a 9 blade aperture, weigh in at 385g, and retail for around $2400. If true, the rumor also says that this new lens would begin shipping around the end of October (31st), meaning an announcement could come any time within the next two weeks (or as soon as tomorrow).

No sources have been able to confirm this rumor as of yet, but Nikon has had several 58mm F/1.4 patents published in recent times so this is not outside of the realm of possibility.

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(Recent Nikon 58mm F/1.4 Patent Drawing)

I can already hear some of you wondering about why you should be exited about a $2400 58mm F/1.4 lens when you can go pick up a 50mm F/1.4 for only $300-$400. Its a great question, and one that I would be asking myself if I was still shooting with Nikon. The current Nikon 50mm f/1.4 does not have nano coating and suffers from CA. It is a good lens, but not in line with the top notch optics of the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 just as an example. I can only assume that this new 58mm F/1.4 would be – and better be with that price – a much higher quality lens with nano coating and all the bells and whistles of a top of the line Nikkor lens.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you rather just see a 50mm F/1.2? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

[via Nikon Rumors]
 

As with all rumors, take this as a grain of salt. There are little to no known facts, just speculation and as such nothing should be taken as fact.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Anthony

    Nikon lens mounts were reconfigured and actually sized down since the 1.2 AI-S. The current Nikon lens mount physically is incapable of producing an f1.2 aperture. The only Nikon 1.2’s you will see will be older Nikon lenses using the older Nikon mount for older Nikon cameras. With the Canon sensor being larger, they are capable of creating f1.2 lenses, however the current Nikon mount size does not allow for a 1.2 aperture. That being said, the difference between 1.4 and 1.2 is often times a huge area of debate. Substantial cost for little in return for the cost. It’s arguable that it’s not really necessary to even take the aperture below 1.4 with current technology. But to each his own.

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  2. Ravi

    I use the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D. I also shoot with the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8. Even when I shoot with the 24-70, most of my shots are in the 24mm, 50mm and 70mm range. Hence my affinity to the 24mm and 50mm 1.4 lenses. I really can’t see me using the 58mm lens. I’d surely consider a 50mm f/1.2 lens.

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  3. Steve

    I’ve never shot with a 58mm lens in my life. What would you use it for? I can’t honestly see a need, especially at that price point.

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  4. Ken Toney

    I have read that it’s the size or clearance where the lens connects to camera that prevents 1.2 aperature. Canon cameras can accept them. I don’t think I’ll be plucking down 2400 for a 58mm prime.

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    • Tyler Brown

      The price makes no sense why would a 58mm cost more than 85mm and to the poster who said Nikon can’t make 1.2 lenses, they have and I formally owned the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S

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  5. Keshav

    With all the possibilites of removing CA and other minor optical problems in post, i really don’t see the point of this lens. Would buy it in a blink of an eye if it’s a 50 1.2. It’s high time that nikon gives us a 50 and 85 1.2.

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  6. Valters (@VPelns)

    I Would rather see a 50mm F/1.2, I can’t image why I would want a 58 mm lens, if I have 50mm, or even if I don’t, I would go for 50mm.

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    • Anthony T.

      For some reason Nikon seems to have a thing against the F/1.2 aperture. They have not released an F/1.2 lens in a long long time. But I agree, 58mm seems like an odd focal length when they already have the 50mm F/1.4.

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