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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.
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I'll respond.  There surely hasn't been much activity on this message board for several months.  Maybe that's because you sold your first copy and were without one for a while.  Glad to hear you're back in the fold!

The 58 f/1.4 is indeed magical.  It has become one of my most frequently used lenses.  I have two camera bodies, and it is on one of them all the time.  I use it almost exclusively when I shoot people.  Portraits shot at wide aperture give you such great subject isolation.  Such was my most frequent use early on, but now I'm using it more and more for general shots at medium apertures.  Those who say it isn't sharp are mistaken; at f/8 and around there, it is very sharp.

The 58 certainly gets a lot of criticism, mainly because of its price.  I really think that criticism comes from those who have never used it!  It's hard to envision it's rendering and "magic" if you haven't seen it.  It's also hard to describe those properties, but they are certainly real.  I surely wouldn't want to be without mine.  It is expensive, but it something happened to mine, I'd buy another copy without hesitation.
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Another good review of the 58 1.4G: 
Nostalgic memories… The Legendary Nikkor Noct f1.2. One of the sweetest lenses I have ever owned and cherished… I let it go years ago. Sometimes mistakes are funny in a way, over time you get regret.. but then if you don't learn from it, it would be truly wasted.
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I'm still in love with original Noct-Nikkor, someday I'll hunt one down! 
Nelly Pérez, writer. Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 @ 1.2. Natural light.
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Here's a really fun shot by the 58 1.4G!!! Ha!
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What do you think of this shot by Jussi Hermunen? I thought it was a pretty nice example of what the 58 can do at night:
#nikon #fireworks
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Outstanding shot 
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Haven't posted here in a while. There's just a lot more activity over on Facebook - which isn't much. Flickr and Fred Miranda definitely have great 58 communities going and I encourage you to check them out! Here's a one I like from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122011164@N04/15249370964/in/pool-afs5814g
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Francis's work always has a lot soul 
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Bill McDad has been creating some works of art with the 58 1.4G recently. He shares a lot of his amazing work over on the Facebook community :)
From Ahmad & Hala's Engagement Session.
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Great new review of the 58 1.4G. Very fair. NSFW. 
For a while now, the 50mm 1.8G lens had been my go-to portrait lens. I loved it for its size (not intimidating to subjects), AF speed (for the price), close focus (for intimate portraits), and most importantly, its rendering of people. When Nikon announced the 58mm 1.4G lens, I immediately took ...
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Just found this one on Flickr by Daniel Gray!! The 58 soaking up the light - love it!!!
A fun collaboration between Japhia Olson and I for her new car. Japhia's site: mintdesigncompany.com/ My site: www.DanielGrayPhotography.com Strobist: one einstein e640 in a 22" beauty dish a little forward and to her right on a stand. Car is a light painted composite with a flashlight. I think this is about 4 frames total.
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How's this for bokeh? The background blur of this lens reminds me of the 200 f2 sometimes.
Nikon D800E + AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
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