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Nikon’s manual focus ultrafast Noct-Nikkor was in production for 20 years and was removed from the line-up two years before the introduction of the APS-C Nikon D1 in 1999. While this high-grade model eschews the f/1.2 maximum aperture of the original, it is the spiritual successor to that lens and includes all of Nikon’s latest technology. Read on to find out how well it performs.
Nikon’s original manual focus Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 model was designed for photography at night and in poor light using film cameras.
Technology has moved on since then and this recently announced model is not intended as a direct replacement for the Noct-Nikkor but as an ultra-high grade option to the AF-S 50mm f/1.4, and as a short-telephoto on DX bodies, where it becomes the equivalent to a 90mm.
It features a complex optical construction with 9 elements in 6 groups with, unusually, two aspherical elements and nano-crystal coating. As with the upgrade to the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4, it has an ultrasonic type AF motor for near silent focusing and a minimum focus distance of 0.58m. It’s unusually light in weight at 365g (13.6 oz) but it’s a large lens, measuring 70mm in length with a 72mm filter thread and a maximum diameter of 85mm. The AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4 G is available now at $1,700.