The 8 fastest lenses in 2023 – break the speed limit with glass as fast as f/0.75

The 7 fastest lenses in 2019 – break the speed limit with glass as fast as f/0.75
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The launch of Nikon's super-fast Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct has got everyone feeling the need for speed. And this has now been fuelled by the launch of the Fujifilm 50mm f/1.0.

However, despite all the pomp and the $8,000 price tag, the Nikon Noct isn't the fastest lens around today – in fact, it isn't even the only f/0.95 lens you can buy right now (just one of the most expensive). 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.