If you are in the market for a new standard f/0.95 prime, which should you choose? In this useful test, one photographer pits the Nikon NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct against the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH to help you figure out which one is best.
These are not lenses you’ll find in many photographers’ bags, perhaps mostly because the Nikon Noct will set you back a tasty $8,000, while the Leica Noctilux will cost you a little more at $12,795. There’s also the small matter that the Nikon is very hard to track down right now, with most vendors lacking any stock. If you recall, Nikon announced last year that demand for its doorstop of a lens was so high that it was struggling to keep up production. As you can imagine, coronavirus probably isn’t helping with that right now.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the Leica lens is more than a decade old and weighs significantly less than the Nikon, and you’d expect to see a difference, despite being the more expensive of the two. Certainly to my eye, the Noct seems to produce markedly better images when shot wide open.
Which will you buy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.