Everything We Know So Far About Nikon’s “Ultimate” Lens, the 58mm f/0.95 Noct

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct mounted on Z7 camera.

When Nikon unveiled their new Z Series full frame mirrorless cameras, they also teased a lens that promises to impress. The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct takes advantage of Nikon's new Z mount to become the fastest lens in the company's history.

While full details will become available closer to the lens' release date, here's what we can tell you. The large aperture lens inherited its design and name from the AI Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1, a standard prime lens Nikkon released in 1977. “Noct” comes from the word nocturne and indicates its ability to perform well in low light conditions. The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is meant to represent the very pinnacle of the firm's new S-range lenses, which take advantage of the Z mount system for increased optical performance.

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens

The manual focus lens “exemplifies Nikon's mission to pursue the ultimate optical performance in the mirrorless category.” To that end, Nikon is taking the utmost care in its development. Nikon is actively working to achieve an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95, combining sharpness and detail with speed. Other goals include obtaining beautiful bokeh with continuity while maintaining superior point-image reproduction.

Early images of the massive lens show a small side display that will show information on aperture, focal length, and depth of field. The lens, like all others in the S range, will have a Nano crystal coat to address ghost and flare due to diagonal light. And, for the first time, a Nikon lens will also have a second, ARNEO protective coat to prevent ghosting and flare from vertical light. A fluorine coating will repel dust, dirt, and moisture, while a ground aspherical lens element will correct aberration.

For now, Nikon's timeline places the release of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct in 2019. There's no official word on pricing, but rumor has it that the flagship lens will retail for around $6,000.

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens will be available in 2019.

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens

Nikon is set to release three lenses in 2018 for its new Z series of full frame mirrorless cameras.

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens

NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct (far left) next to other lenses in Nikon's new S-series and mount adaptor.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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