Nikon’s insane Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens is officially available, costs $8,000

Oct 12, 2019

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Nikon’s insane Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens is officially available, costs $8,000

Oct 12, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nikon’s Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens has been rumored, announced and demonstrated over the past year and a half, and now it’s finally here. The insanely fast lens from Nikon is now officially out for preorders, the rumors were true: it does cost nearly $8,000. It’s designed for Nikon’s Z-series of cameras, and let’s dive in and see what you get for those 8,000 bucks.

The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is designed for full-frame Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras (Z 6 and Z 7). But of course, you can also use it on a crop body such as the newly announced Z50, where it provides an 87mm equivalent focal length.

The exceedingly fast f/0.95 maximum aperture gives you a really shallow depth of field, for all of you who love bokeh. As you can imagine, it’s also suitable for very low-light conditions. It has an 11-blade diaphragm, to make sure that the bokeh is also pleasantly soft and smooth. You can see some sample images on Nikon’s website and see how it performs.

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The lens contains 17 elements in 10 groups, so it’s rather heavy, weighing 4.4 lb (2 kg). It features four extra-low dispersion elements to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations, and three aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion.

Nikon used ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats to prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare with the light coming from different directions.in order to realize improved contrast and clarity when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions. There’s also a Super Integrated Coating for consistently accurate colors. And finally, fluorine coating to repel dust, dirt, and moisture.

The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is a manual focus lens, with the closest focusing distance of 1.6′ (50 cm). It features an OLED information panel on the top, which displays focus distance, depth of field, and aperture setting information. The programmable control ring is by default set to adjust aperture settings, but you can also use it to control exposure compensation settings.

Take a look at the specs:

Focal Length 58mm
Maximum Aperture f/0.95
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon Z
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View40° 50′
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Minimum Focus Distance1.64′ / 50 cm
Optical Design17 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.02 x 6.02″ / 102 x 153 mm
Weight4.4 lb / 2000 g

As I mentioned, the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is available for preorders and it will set you back slightly under $8,000 ($7,996.95 to be exact). It’s expected to start shipping on 27 November 2019.

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7 responses to “Nikon’s insane Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens is officially available, costs $8,000”

  1. Stephen Baumbach Avatar
    Stephen Baumbach

    That’s it Nikon, make it readily available to the public. Sheer nonsense.

    1. Husselang Avatar
      Husselang

      Just like the insane 6mm fisheye, 1200-1700mm zoom, and other crazy lenses they made in the past. I won’t buy either of them, but I do like reading about and seeing samples taken with these specialty lenses.

  2. Chris Harn Harris Avatar
    Chris Harn Harris

    Manual focus WTF

  3. Sean St Denis Avatar
    Sean St Denis

    Just because it can be made. Doesn’t mean it should. Feel like they are trying to stay relevant.

  4. Vincent Yau Avatar
    Vincent Yau

    Really? For 8 grands and you can’t do auto focus?

    1. Husselang Avatar
      Husselang

      AF systems can’t push that much glass around. They prioritized image quality over convenience ;)

  5. Max Avatar
    Max

    This lens is ridiculous! Why no autofocus? 8k?? OK what the hell take my kidneys I want it!