Well, not exactly, as this new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.4 (vs. f/1.2), but Nikon promises:
“The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is a lens that makes the most of advanced optical design technologies… to achieve high reproduction capability of point light sources even at the maximum aperture, and natural depth of subjects utilizing smooth and beautiful bokeh characteristics. With shooting of distant night landscapes, the lens minimizes the sagittal coma flare…”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? These were the coveted attributes of the Nikkor-NOCT.
Those of you who have been following this blog already know that the legendary Nikkor-NOCT was my favourite NIkon lens, and may very well be my favourite lens of all time:
Will the new lens be as impressive?
I hope so, given all the advances in lens design and manufacturing over the last several decades. However, one thing I know for sure is that the new lens won’t have that silky-smooth manual focusing with which the old Nikkors were bestowed.
Either way, these are exciting times in photography.
Check out the specifications of the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G here, and sample images here.