In the midst of all these camera announcements, Nikon has taken the time to unveil a new piece of high-end glass as well. Paying homage to a lens discontinued 15 long years ago, Nikon is bringing back the 58mm prime lens, this time with an f/1.4 aperture.
From 1977 to 1998, Nikon’s 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor was a well-liked lens that still attracts buyers on eBay today. Since it was discontinued, nifty fifty lovers have had to content themselves without a Nikkor 58mm prime, but no more. The new 58mm f/1.4G has come along to save Noct-Nikkor lovers from having to spend somewhere in the vicinity of 5 grand on a used one online.
The new lens features nine glass elements in six groups (two aspherical) and a special Nano Crystal Coating and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating for exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures — from f/1.4 all the way to f/16.
Inside are nine rounded aperture blades for beautiful bokeh, a Silent Wave Motor for quiet focusing, and 72mm filter thread for whatever it is you want to attach to the front.
The lens is an F-Mount and will fit all FX and DX cameras in the Nikon line, although with DX sensors the equivalent focal length goes up to 87mm. It’ll be available for purchase later this month (already up for pre-order) for those of you who want it and have $1,700 to drop on new glass.