Nikon Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S

Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1977-01-01

MSRP Price: $4000

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: A legendary 6-group, 7-element lens created for low-light / nocturnal use. The original version came out in 1977 and Nikon updated it with an Ai-S version in 1982

Photography Life Review Summary: Without a doubt, the Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 is a very special and truly legendary lens. Almost forty years have passed since Nikon first invented the Noct and to date we have not seen a true equivalent – the latest generation 58mm f/1.4G cannot be considered as a replacement, because it lacks the sharpness the Noct is able to produce, particularly at the maximum aperture. Read the full Nikon Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S Review by Photography Life.

Nikon Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens Type Prime Lens
Focal Length 58mm
Mount Type Nikon F
Format Full Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s) 35mm, FX and DX
Compatible with Teleconverters No
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.7
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization) No
Aperture Information
Aperture Ring Yes
Maximim Aperture f/1.2
Minimum Aperture f/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format) 40.8°
Optical Information
Lens Elements 7
Lens Groups 6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Aspherical Elements 1
Nano Crystal Coat No
Super Integrated Coat (SIC) No
Focus Information
Focus Manual Focus
Built-in Focus Motor No
Silent Wave Motor (SWM) No
Minimum Focus Distance 0.5m
Filter Information
Filter Size 52mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust Sealing No
Mount Material Metal
Tripod Collar No
Dimensions 63x74mm
Weight 465g
Other Information
Available in Colors Black

Lens Diagram

Nikon Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Diagram

Sample Images

Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (10) Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (4) Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (2)

Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (12) Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (7) Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Sample Image (11)

Reader Interactions


  1. Shawn Young
    November 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    This is a very specialized lens. For general photography, a Nifty-Fifty (at 3%-10% the price of this one used) will serve you much better and will have AF besides. What can this lens do that a typical Nifty-Fifty can’t?
    1) Render points of light at night as points of light, not as blobs
    2) Go the extra mile in very low light. (The manual f/1.2 will too, at one fifth the price.)
    3) Go the extra mile for an exceptionally shallow DOF. (Again, the f/1.2 does this, but is less sharp.)

    I owned a copy in the 90s, and own a copy now. Obviously I love the thing for cityscapes after dark and stars. I always shoot it wide open–if I’m stopping down, my 50 f/1.4D is much, much more convenient (lighter, AF).

    If at all possible, try before you buy.

    Optics: 5/5
    Construction: 5/5
    Usefulness for ultra-shallow DOF: 5/5
    Usefulness at night: 5/5
    Usefulness for general photography: 2/5 (fine, but Nifty Fifty is lighter and has AF)
    Value for money:
    If you need points of light in the darkness as points: 5/5
    If you need super-shallow DOF: 3/5 (if the 50 1.2 is sufficient for your needs, get that instead)
    General Photography: 0/5

    Also Compare to: 58mm f/1.4 G, less than half the price, does have AF (and hence half a stop slower). I have not had a chance to test this new offering so I can’t comment.

    Perhaps Compare to: similarly priced Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4–not released at the time of this note.

  2. Ezio
    March 20, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Good morning
    Can I manually use this lens on Nikon z7 Camera?
    Thanks for your answer
    Ezio Racchi

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