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In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert) on December 2, 2013

Keywords: df, nikkor, 58mm, iso

Talk about eccentric behavior . . . Combining the Nikon Df and 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor lens . . .

You think you have irrational NAS?  See if you can top this!

Yes… call me crazy. I decided to mate the two most controversial and most “panned” Nikon Products in recent memory and challenge myself to see if I could make images that would not leave me with buyer’s remorse. Can a new Nikon Df Camera and new 58mm f/1.4 Nikkor lens at full aperture make good images together or is this a marriage doomed to fail? Why in the world would someone (me) even be tempted to go against the massive public outcry over these 2 products?

Paraphrasing, combining and summarizing internet site comments to date:


“the camera is old school technology that was supposed to be released 2 years ago”

“the lens has less sharpness across the field of view than lenses 1/5 its price”

“the camera is eye candy for rich people whose only taste is in their mouths”


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