Nikon 50mm and 58mm Bokeh Comparison
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Nikon claims the newest 58mm f/1.4 G has great bokeh. Well, so does the 50mm f/1.4 G, so let's pull these out, as well as the original 58mm f/1.4 from 1959, a real 58mm f/1.2 NOCT and an 85mm f/1.8 AF-D and see what happens.
The Results (click any image for the © Camera-original file)
For fun, I threw in an 85mm f/1.8 AF-D, since focal length has more to do with bokeh than aperture, and as expected, the slower 85mm lens has bokeh at least as good as the 58mm f/1.4 G, again for a fraction of the price.
By the time I got the NOCT mounted, the sun had come out and makes it difficult to compare here. Its bokeh looks at least as good as any of the others.
If you look closely (you may click any of these for the camera-original file), you'll notice that the blur circles are smooth for the spherical lenses, but have rings in the images form the two aspherical lenses. This is from the way that the aspherical lenses are made; they are only approximating their desired aspheres.
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I shot everything wide-open hand-held on a Nikon Df.
I moved in or out to keep the subject, the snowman, the same size.
Focus was usually on the snowman's eye. Don't be trying to analyze relative sharpness because the gift and green ribbon weren't always in focus on each sample. If it's not sharp, it's probably because it's not in focus.
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