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On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)

Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 - $11,295
IBE OPTICS Raptor T/2.9 60mm Macro - $15,750
Cooke S4 T/2.0 LENS 50mm - $17,900
ZEISS Supreme Prime 50mm T/1.5 - $20,625
ARRI 50mm T/1.3 Master Prime - $30,260
Cooke 50mm T/2.3 Anamorphic/i - $32,000
ARRI 50mm T1.9 Master Anamorphic- $49,655

At $8,000, the Noct is a bargain.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 22:42 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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wasTF: Really good video,
but claiming it has good image quality without showing own sample pictures. a bit weak!!!

PS: The nikon sample of the stars looks overprocessed at 100% ...

hammarbytp
Really? They're all at infinity for photographic purposes. DOF is irrelevant for astro photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 22:27 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: This puts Nikon right up at the front of the lens pack. It also ads prestige for all Nikon owners. Greatness by association. I would probably never buy one but it feels good to be a part of this.

Nikon has really pulled itself together within a relatively short time. A couple of years ago one wondered whether it had lost its way and today it is very much in the forefront of photography again. Their high end lenses and bodies are all beautifully made and a pleasure to use. The real plus for me is that one can still use most of the existing lenses on the latest bodies which makes it far easier to change to the latest Z series bodies and still continue using all of ones existing Fmount lenses.

Nikon has stayed loyal to its customers throughout. I have been using Nikon gear since 1970 and have many excellent primes from that time and use them, with great pleasure and excellent results, on the latest bodies. Others manufacturers have abandoned their existing customers along the way.

From all the reports I've seen, the answer is yes, this lens is sharper than the Otus. In fact an acquaintance of mine who recently received and tested one is now selling his Otus 55mm.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 22:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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Price: The Noct looks to be an all out effort from one of the worlds finest optical houses. It must be such a pleasure for their design and engineering team to bring this lens to market. Price and limited manufacturing numbers tell us this will be a specialized lens, mostly for professionals who know how to get the most from it. And yes, what company doesn’t strive for a halo product, a source of pride for the team and the company. Image does count. And what a bland world it would be if the desert menu only consisted of custards.

I'll bet that by this time next year there are a whole lot of these lenses in high-end wedding photographers' hands, producing a boatload of dreamy bridal portraits.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 22:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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AstroStan: Star fields are a most rigorous test for a lens because the stars are point sources at virtual infinity so all kinds of aberrations become evident. The sample image reveals significant off-axis aberrations via gull wings, linear smears and so on. These defects are largely imperceptible for most day-time photography.

AstroStan, I think the "aberrations" you mention are compression artifacts--probably re-compression artifacts from the DPreview site. There are astro images from this lens on the Nikonusa site and on flickr that show no coma or other aberrations at all on my 4K monitor.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 22:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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David610: Is glass display case included?

No, but a pelican-style case is.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 21:59 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: At $8k I suspect this will have a very very very small target market. i'm sure it's a great lens, but it's huge (compared to some other Z glass--yes I know this one is f0.95) and absurdly expensive. I even cringe at $3000 lenses. The only people I could see getting this would be ones where the company they work for is paying for it, or they're making a six-figure income from their photography....

Maybe Nikon will start bundling this with a Z6... buy the lens and we'll throw in a free camera body.

I think they'll sell as many of these as they can make. The rendering is as beautiful as any lens I have ever seen, and for a lens of this quality these characteristics, it is very fairly priced.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 21:57 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's 58mm F0.95 'Noct' lens (313 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: At $8k I suspect this will have a very very very small target market. i'm sure it's a great lens, but it's huge (compared to some other Z glass--yes I know this one is f0.95) and absurdly expensive. I even cringe at $3000 lenses. The only people I could see getting this would be ones where the company they work for is paying for it, or they're making a six-figure income from their photography....

Maybe Nikon will start bundling this with a Z6... buy the lens and we'll throw in a free camera body.

Androole, I don't know what image you're looking at, but there is no coma in images from this lens that I've seen. None.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 21:51 UTC
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kasra yousefi: Do these new Nikon’s have full electronic (silent) shutter?

Yes. That has been stated. Silent mode and Electronic First Curtain.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 17:44 UTC
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DarkShift: I would like to know, what is the maximum video recording time with fully charged battery? Also, does turning off IBIS increase recording time?

With the D850 and a fresh battery, I can easily shoot video for over 70 minutes. I hope it would be about the same with Z7. With so many similirarities between the models (except for IBIS and AF), it should be about the same.

The specs give a recording length of 30 minutes. (Don't know where the 15 minutes comes from, but it's not the Nikon spec sheet.)
I'd expect the D850 time would be about the right using the rear screen only. IBIS may have an effect, so shutting it off may give you more time, especially if hand-holding, where it would be working harder (but of course, that's where you'd want it most.)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 17:44 UTC
On a photo in the Nikon Z7 sample gallery sample gallery (10 comments in total)

Seems like very good near-eye focus in the near-dark.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 17:12 UTC as 3rd comment
On a photo in the Nikon Z7 sample gallery sample gallery (12 comments in total)
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mg_k: Horrendous skin tone, soft image.

Looking at the light sources in the image, skin tones are really down to the light in the room. Of course much of the image is soft, it's at f1.8, but look at the camera-right eye wih the loupe. You can count the pores in his skin and his eyebrow hairs. I will say that focus is a few mm foreward of the eye.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 15:04 UTC
On a photo in the Nikon Z7 sample gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)
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smithim: "Tack sharp?" That's a joke, right?

I'm counting eyelashes. Seems very sharp to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 14:56 UTC
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