The $8,000 question: just HOW good is the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct?

In depth: just how good is the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct?
(Image credit: Nikon)

Few lenses capture as much attention as Nikon's latest future classic, the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct. Following a history of ultra-exclusive lenses, it continues a bloodline that includes a number of exotic optical oddities.

While there are some very enticing lenses on the Nikon Z lens roadmap, nothing compares to the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 – which had a field of view so wide that it could actually see behind itself. And then there's the incredible Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED, which when launched in 1990 with an asking price in the region of $75,000 – around $147,000 (£113,233 / AU$213,192) in 2020 money.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.