Nikon goes 8K… with the $7,997 Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens

Nikon goes 8K… with the $7,999 Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens
(Image credit: Nikon)

The eagerly awaited Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens for Nikon's mirrorless Z cameras will be launched imminently – and its eye-watering price tag of $7,996.97 (£6538.98) has been leaked ahead of schedule. 

Marketed with much furore as "the fastest Nikkor lens ever", the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is a monstrously fast, monstrously sized and monstrously priced optic designed to showcase the unique capabilities of the Z mount on Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras. The manufacturer crows that: 

"Made possible by innovations of the new Z mount, it will deliver thrilling new capabilities for the Z series mirrorless system – vast depth-of-field control and elaborate bokeh for portraiture, superb point-image reproduction and low-light performance for night landscapes and astrophotography – all in an immaculately constructed lens with precision feel and brilliant operability."

 Read more: The 7 fastest camera lenses in 2019 (opens in new tab) 

The lens was revealed way back when the Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) first debuted, and has toured trade shows around the world ever since inside a glass case – leading many to believe it was a 'vaporware' product that might never materialize. 

Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens

The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct will apparently cost $7,997 and be announced this week (Image credit: Nikon)

However, sites like Nikon Eye (opens in new tab) report that the optic will be launched this week, with the inimitable Nokishita (opens in new tab) going a step further and leaking the purported American price: “'Nikkor Z 58mm f / 0.95 S Noct' was added to North American retailers for $7,996.95". 

This price actually comes in above the estimated $6,000 ball park that had been floating around for the past year, making this a prohibitively expensive purchase for most photographers – particularly given that the lens is manual focus only. 

As always, rumors should be taken with a pinch of salt – but it's rare that Nokishita's sources are proven wrong. If the lens is indeed to be announced this week, however, we won't have long to find out how many kidneys we'll need to sell. 

Read more: 

The 7 fastest lenses (opens in new tab) in 2019 – break the speed limit with glass as fast as f/0.75
Nikon Z lens roadmap (opens in new tab): new lenses for the Z system and when they are coming
The best Nikon lenses (opens in new tab) in 2019: from telephotos to ultra-wide lenses and more

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.