As is the case for many photographers, the lure of new gear is an ever present temptation. We preach that true quality lies in one's ability rather than their backpack, but neat stuff is hard to ignore. I've had my eye on Nikon's 58mm 1.4 for a couple months now. Occupying the same space as Canon's amazing 50mm 1.2, the 58mm is quirky in the that it's a 1.4 (seemingly overlapping Nikon's amazing 50mm 1.4G) and yet, costs around $1000 more. Reviews of the glass have been mixed, with some fouling it for its price and somewhat softness, while others (including myself) recognize the incredible bokeh capabilities and ability to perform at irresponsibly low apertures.
In preparation for an engagement shoot in Texas, I took the plunge and rented the lens for the weekend. Needless to say, I'm currently trying to find anything around the house that isn't bolted down to sell and fund one for myself. I absolutely love it.
Hayden Bevill is local car enthusiast that happens to be part of the Average Squad family. He's put together a great S2000 using quality parts with a good deal of character thrown in the mix. He was kind enough to come hang out for a bit while I ran the lens through the ringer.
I don't think this lens is for everybody. If you are the type to examine 100% crops of images, combing over every detail for sharpness, you'll probably be disappointed. Also, if you aren't going below f4, don't waste your money. Any of Nikon's other nifty fifties would be a better investment. While I'm probably overstepping things a bit, I find myself finding elements of wabi sabi with it. The images can be soft, and imperfect, but incredible. If that sounds like something you'd be into, then this is what you want.