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03-Mar-2020
Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens review

Nikon recently released a beast of a lens at CEIF 2020, the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens and we (Asian Photography) were the first in India to receive and review this lens. What makes this lens special is not only its aperture value of 0.95 but also a whopping price tag of Rs. 7,29,995


And there are no prizes for guessing that with a price tag as fancy as this, it is naturally targeted towards professionals who are looking for nothing short of the best performance. So let us see how the lens performed in all the test.



Build Quality

At first glance the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens looks very huge on the tiny Nikon Z7 body and weighs a lot, a full 2 kgs to be precise. But a lot of that weight is also because it is built like a tank, which is very impressive and also offers weather resistance. And the fact that it the lens only offers manual focus further reaffirms its target audience. But the focus peeking function in the Nikon Z7 makes using the lens really easy. The lens has one control ring and one focus ring and a lens information display panel with a display button to change the info according to your needs. It also consists of lens function button right next to display button. The L-Fn button is helpful for focusing aids such as, Magnify, Peaking or the Digital Teleconverter. So while you are using the lens a simple push with your thumb and you activate the function without moving your hand or eyes off the EVF.


Chromatic Aberration

We conducted the MTF tests and found out that the chromatic aberration values for lens. The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens showed a CA value of 0.22 pix which is decent. Its not the best performance under this category, but it surely isn’t bad.



Distortion

We shot the image of building from the lens of a building to check the distortion. The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens captured the image of the building in which the building seems slightly tilted towards right side.


Distortion



Lens Flare and Ghosting

In terms of Lens Flare and Ghosting we shot images from the lens of a street light to check the flaring and ghosting and the lens displayed a great amount of flaring and ghosting. Which honestly to us was a surprise. But we knew these aren’t the things that lenses like these are used for.


Lens Flaring & Ghosting



Image Quality

The most important point when it comes to using a lens like this is its image quality and performance. The images from the lens displayed good sharpness and that verifies that the lens is very capable optically. The overall quality of the images were fantastic. The images were sharp and crisp, the bokeh was smooth when used on Nikon Z7 body. Well with such wide aperture, you can always expect good and sharp images even in low light conditions.



SAMPLE IMAGE


Low Light Image


Depth of Field and Bokehs

Coming to the depth of field, well a lens with f/0.95 will never let you down with that wide aperture, same goes with Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. The bokehs were smooth and circular. The images were pleasing to the eye as the subjects pops out very well from the background.


Depth of Field


Verdict

Well the only words that can describe this lens is 'What a beauty'. Nikon never disappoints with their products and with the Noct lens as well Nikon has managed to deliver high quality. The images are sharp and crisp with smooth and rounded bokehs. The lens has great performance and is also well built.


The only down part is that such quality comes at a great price. With a price tag of Rs. Rs. 7,29,995 and fact that lens we had for our exclusive review is the only lens in the country currently exemplifies the point further. Apart from the price, weight of the lens is another issue that might not work in its advantage.


So if you can circumvent around the price and the weight of the lens then the Noct lens can open a doorway to heaven in terms of the image quality it can deliver. And for photographers that are looking to do Astro Photography, Portrait Photography or ones who are looking for those jaw-dropping bokehs, then this might be the best lens you are looking for.

 
 
 
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