The fastest lens for Nikon’s Z-series cameras, the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, is scheduled to go on sale late in October.
Angled view of the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. (Source: Nikon.)
Originally announced just over a year ago, this ultra-fast lens is a legacy lens developed in the spirit of the famous Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 developed back in 1977. The new FX-format lens is the fastest Nikkor lens ever made and features advanced optical technology, facilitated by the large Z mount, which has allowed the development of the ultra-fast f/0.95 maximum aperture, which offers unparalleled low light ability and bokeh characteristics. The optical design of this lens comprises 17 lens elements, arranged in 10 groups. Included are four ED glass elements plus three aspherical elements, including a large-diameter ground aspherical lens element. Together they minimise optical imperfections including distortion and spherical aberration, while the addition of Nikon’s new ARNEO Coat complements the Nano Crystal Coat to effectively minimise reflection over the entire visible light range.
The outer lens barrel is finished with metallic material machined from a metal ingot. The lens, is supplied with a hood that has felt-lined on the inside which helps to further prevent light reflection. In addition, the lens information panel enables instant confirmation of aperture, focus distance and depth of field even in dimly lit environments. The number of functions that can be assigned to the lens Fn button has been increased to match those of the Fn1/Fn2 buttons on the camera body.
An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism within the lens accurately controls the electronic signals from the camera. A highly precise focus ring facilitates focusing with the appropriate amount of torque and a large angle of rotation even with the maximum aperture of f/0.95. Comfortable shooting for stills and movies is also ensured with the new control ring to which selected functions can be assigned. The same control ring also minimises noise caused by changes of settings. Nikon’s fluorine coat is applied to the front lens element, effectively repelling any dust and dirt that adheres to the lens surface. This lens is also dust- and drip-resistant. In the US, this lens has a suggested retail price of US$7,999.95. It will ship with a premium custom padded case .
Nikon has also announced the up-coming availability of the MB-N10 battery power pack for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras. Designed to hold two EN-EL15b batteries, it can increase the number of shots possible and movie recording time by approximately 1.8x, based on CIPA standards. It offers the same weather sealing and modern design of the Z 7 and Z 6 and can support USB charging. Click here for more information.