Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 Noct review
It's large, very expensive and manual focus. But the 58mm F.95 Noct just may be Nikon's best-made lens ever. Thomas from CameraLabs reviews the Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 Noct.
At a glance;
- Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/16
- Three Aspherical Elements
- Four Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Very good resolution and contrast.
- Very little longitudinal CA and coma.
- Good resistance against flare and glare.
- Very good Bokeh.
- Very good performance for close-ups.
- Minimal distortions (through lens profile).
- Extensive weather sealing plus fluorine coating against moist and dust.
- Multi-function ring assignable to aperture or exposure compensation.
- Integrated tripod collar, OLED display, function button.
- Manual focus only.
- Large and extremely heavy lens.
- Extremely expensive.
- Very visible focus breathing.
The Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct represents the pinnacle of optics for the mirrorless Z system: It boasts a unique f0.95 focal ratio and enjoys all the latest technology and the best glass Nikon has available. As such it is without direct competition. Judged on its own merits, Nikon’s “highest-grade, symbolic lens among the NIKKOR Z S-Line models” performs very well to excellent with regard to contrast, resolution, color aberrations, and coma. Nikon corrected the lens very well for close-up shooting down to 1:4.9 magnification too which in combination with the f0.95 aperture alone makes images possible that no other lens can deliver. And the Z-Noct produces a very desirable Bokeh with soft transitions and a creamy rendering of background and foreground. Plus it is hardened well against the elements including a fluorine coating to combat dust and moisture at the front element.
The down-sides of this lens? It’s very large, uber-heavy, super expensive, and manual focus only. The last point may be an absolute no-go for many photographic assignments but I found it easier to focus manually than I had feared: The lens is so sharp even at f0.95 that it’s easy to detect when it is in focus – and the tools of a modern mirrorless camera including focus-peaking and magnified live-view (with image stabilization) really make focusing that much easier. I also found that size and weight is not the biggest problem while shooting as the combination of lens and camera can be held quite comfortable. You simply need to be extra careful when mounting or dismounting the lens.
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