We told you yesterday that an announcement on the rumored Nikkor 58mm F/1.4G could come as soon as today and what do you know, tonight Nikon announced their new D5300 consumer dslr as well as the rumored 58mm F/1.4G that we mentioned.
First off lets get the D5300 talk out of the way since it is pretty standard. The D5300 comes with WiFi connectivity, shoots 5fps, and has a 39-point AF system. Basically Nikon just released a stripped down D7100 in the D5200 body, just as the D5200 was just a stripped D7000 in a smaller body. It will make a great beginners dslr, but for anyone that wants a serious dslr the D5300 – just as its predecessor the D5200 was not – is not a serious option in my humble opinion.
Now for the announcement that I was waiting for, the Nikkor 58mm F/1.4G. Many of you, as well as I, pointed out at 58mm was an odd focal length for a new F/1.4 prime lens considering the 50mm F/1.4G is still a fairly new lens. The key difference here between the two lenses, besides the obvious 8mm difference in focal length, is the superior quality of the 58mm F/1.4G. But as with anything, that superior quality comes at a pretty steep price increase.
Nikon’s new Nikkor 58mm F/1.4G will be available at the end of this month and will retail for $1,699 US. For comparisons sake, the Nikon 50mm F/1.4G is currently available for around $400, that is an enormous $1399 difference in price. Nikon is hoping that the highly superior optics and build quality on the 58mm are enough to sway you that direction, a hope that I think will fall on deaf ears.
That said, here are the specs on the new 58mm F/1.4G:
- Filter Size: 72 mm
- Focal Length: 58mm
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.58 m
- Nano Crystal Coating: Yes
- 9 elements in 6 groups
- Max Aperture: f/1.4
- Min Aperture: f/16
- Weight: 385 g
UPDATE: The Nikon D5300 and Nikkor 58mm F/1.4 are now available for pre-order through B&H. If you would like to pre-order the D5300 you can find that information here, or if you are interested in the 58mm F/1.4 you can find that here.
So what are your thoughts on these two announcements from Nikon? Is the D5300 more than what I make it out to be? Is the 58mm F/1.4G the best thing since sliced bread? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.