Rumors have swirled for a good long while about the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens.
But while specs have leaked over the last year or so, the price had remained a mystery - until now.
The lens is due to launch imminently, but before Nikon could get the lenses onto store shelves, its massive $7,996.97 price tag was leaked by Nokishita.
Granted, we’re talking about the fastest Nikkor lens ever made, so a big price tag was expected. I, for one, didn’t expect the price to be quite that large.
For the longest time, most Nikon cameras enthusiasts expected it to be in the $6,000 ballpark. Turns out that estimate wasn’t even close!
Designed specifically to highlight the capabilities of the Z-series cameras, this lens is described by Nikon as having “thrilling new capabilities” including “vast depth-of-field control and elaborate bokeh for portraiture.”
Furthermore, Nikon purports that this lens offers “superb point-image reproduction and low-light performance for night landscapes and astrophotography.”
On the construction side of the lens, it’s positively enormous (as you’d expect with such a fast lens) and looks awfully sleek and beautiful, as you can see in the video below by NewsShooter:
I can imagine there are plenty of Nikon shooters out there salivating at the opportunity to try this lens. I cannot imagine, however, that there are as many photographers jumping at the chance to drop $8,000 on it.
Aside from the price, another potential turnoff for some shooters is that this lens is manual focus only. We’ll see if this factor and the price point lead to sluggish sales or if these things fly off the shelves. Rumor has it that this lens will launch this week.
A better option (and a less painful one) is to get rid of older gear that you no longer need or use.
And I’m not talking about selling it on eBay, either. Instead, I use Lensfinder to sell my old lenses, filters, and cameras, that way I keep my gear collection nice and streamlined while getting a fair price for my gear.
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Give Lensfinder a try today, and see if you can start saving up for that $8,000 lens you covet!