Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Nikkor Review

Yolanda Curtis
October 12, 2019

Because the Nikon Z50, with its DX sensor (that's an APS-C crop), ditches the full-frame only and altogether more pro approach that we thought the series was all about, aiming at the entry-level market instead.

The new Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera goes on sale in November for $859.95. It is the brand's first cropped sensor (APS-C) mirrorless camera.

There's a 209-point hybrid autofocus setup, and Nikon reports that it's the company's first DX-format camera to include Eye-Detection AF. The device is able to conduct continuous shooting photos at the speed of 11 frames per second and record video in 4K resolution at up to 30 frames per second or Full HD resolution with frequency of 120 frames per second. Unfortunately, Nikon didn't let me keep any of the photos or videos I shot with the pre-production unit I tested, so I can't share the results. The 3.2-inch touch screen has a Selfie Mode for still selfies or vlogging that automatically disables other controls when the screen is flipped to face forward.

Rounding out the key specs are Bluetooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for remote operation and wireless data transfer, and a per charge battery life of 300 stills. Nikon also announced two new companion lenses for the Z50 - a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR.

Both the new NIKKOR Z DX lenses unleash the potential of the Nikon Z mount, using the superior design flexibility made possible by the large-diameter and the 16mm flange focal distance to deliver outstanding optical performance and sharpness in a deceptively compact form factor.

The new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm standard zoom and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses are created to complement the new Z 50, striking the balance of small size and sharp optics. On the video side, the Z 50 can handle 4K video with a full sensor readout, just like Sony's A6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30. The lenses also enhance image capture with a customizable control ring to adjust aperture and exposure, and in-lens optical vibration reduction for smoother recording.

Creative effects: 20 in-camera effects for photos and video. The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens is a slim zoom lens that lets users capture a wide variety of scenes, from lovely landscapes to candid portraits.

The autofocus system should be one of the standout features for Nikon.

As with the Z6/Z7, you can also use the FTZ mount adapter to use any existing F-mount DSLR lenses you might already own, while there are seven further already existing Z-mount lenses which can also be used.

Finally, for anyone who has been waiting for the super high-end 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens Nikon announced previous year, Nikon announced that it will be available on October 31st for a staggering $8,000 (UK price TBA, translates to £6,500). Measured at the maximum telephoto position. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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