The pursuit of true craftsmanship is time consuming. It can take years to perfect a piece of technology, let alone an innovation that showcases completely new possibilities.
We believe the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct sets the next benchmark in optical precision and quality – let us tell you why.
A brief history
The starting point is 1977 and the launch of the first Noct lens; the NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 Noct. Named after "Nocturne", this was designed for taking pictures at night, at maximum aperture, without producing sagittal coma flare – a common issue of the time due to technical limitations.
It was first a revolution and then became a legend; bringing an unprecedented ability to produce high quality images at maximum aperture. With time, technology caught up and now, over 40 years later, the opportunity to develop the next Noct iteration has been realised.
The Z-Mount difference
Why now? The new Noct lens is a proof of concept. It’s a means to push what is possible by today’s optical standards without compromising on image quality.
Enter the Nikon Z mirrorless system, designed around the ultra-wide Z mount. This system has been developed for the next 100 years, the potential it brings is that significant. And from the new construction, notably the shorter distance between sensor and mount coupled with the wider mount diameter, we could finally realise shooting at a 0.95 aperture with uncompromised image quality. Other lenses out there might be able to go as wide as 0.95 but not without sacrificing some other aspect.
How it works
Optical engineers increased the size of the Z-Mount’s diameter but kept it very close to the sensor, with a 16mm flange distance, making a more compact system with higher performance. Furthermore, the larger diameter helps funnel a greater amount of light to the sensor – especially the corners – for total illumination. This means that despite its versatile depth of field and outstanding bokeh, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is incredibly sharp right through to the edges.
The implications of this are immense. With such a super shallow depth of field, every single component must work together with pinpoint precision – otherwise the photographer wouldn’t be able to focus properly. Every single material used, every single structural element, must be of the highest quality to realise the potential of the lens. From portraits to nightscapes to movies, the depth and sharpness is unparalleled.
A specific type of craftmanship
Developing, finessing and releasing the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens has taken years. The amount of time required to build one of these lenses outstrips anything Nikon has produced before. Dirk Jasper, Product Marketing Manager for Nikon Europe, shares his thoughts on what makes the lens special:
“The quality and arrangement of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct requires masterful craftsmanship like no other. The end result is one thing, but the process of making it and putting it together is also special in itself.
“I believe it’s more than just a product, it’s a piece of art – one that’s intrinsically linked to Nikon’s Japanese heritage and culture. Just as a sushi master pursues rigorous training for years, even decades, to perfect his or her craft, this lens has taken years and years of development. It’s the result of our most experienced engineers, our best glass and top-qualified technicians coming together to break the boundaries of what’s previously been possible.