I've spent the last seven months shooting the 50 1.8G, really as an experiment, to see if it was as good as everyone claims. The truth is, at $200 it's hard to say a bad word about the 1.8G. I think it's the best lens on the market for a beginning photographer. I did miss the rendering of my old 50 1.4G, especially the way it seemed to grab onto light sources and create flare - yes I like flare, haha. I shot the 50 1.4G starting in 2012, for about a year an half, and really loved it. I was astonished at how great it performed for a mere $450. But then the 58 1.4G came out last Fall and I grabbed one up. Honestly, I really struggled to understand the purpose of the 58. It's unlike any lens Nikon makes. I was very uncomfortable with its performance wide open, especially for paid shoots, because the results were so sporadic. That's when I decided to sell the 58 and see if it really was worth $1500 more than the 50 1.8G. The answer - yes absolutely. The 58 really is the best lens for personal work because it makes every shot look magical. It's inspiring to know that you have the 58 in your camera bag waiting for you. Just to give you an example of what I'm talking about, simple pictures of my family opening Christmas presents look amazing, because the subject isolation is so intense. It really is a look that you can't get anywhere else. That's why I sold my 50 1.8G this week and re-purchased the 58. It's been a long journey. But I feel much more confident about my decision at this point because I've gathered enough of my own evidence to warrant the purchase. If I were non-professional, taking photos simply for pleasure, the 58 would be the only lens I owned. And frankly, I'm waiting on the UPS truck right now to deliver my new copy. I'd be interesting to know about your experiences with the 58, or your struggles. Not that anyone will respond, haha, Google+ seems to be slowly dying off.