Noktor Unveils HyperPrime f/0.95 Lens

Some years ago Canon offered a f/1.0 version of its 50mm L lens. They’ve since stopped manufacturing lenses faster than f/1.2, and US-based company Noktor thinks there’s an opportunity for relatively affordable “hyperprime” lenses.

Today, it announced the Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95, a manual focus lens designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The $750 lens will begin shipping on April 15th, but the company is accepting preorders on their website. In addition to Micro Four Thirds, the company has a poll asking which mount it should design lenses for next.

Here’s a photograph shot with the lens showing its low light performance:

One of the problems with having such a large aperture is that the resulting depth-of-field is so shallow. The lens, being more than a stop faster than an f/1.4 lens, could be very difficult to focus correctly for shots were precision is needed. It was one of the complaints people had against the Canon 50mm f/1.0, though that lens was autofocus.

It’s interesting to see another lens company pop up for a specific type of lens, just like Lensbaby and its creative focus lenses.

P.S.: Various sources are saying the lens is almost identical to the Senko 50mm f/0.95 C-mount CCTV lens.

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  • Steve

    Considerably more dof in m4/3rds than full frame. Should not be too horrible a challenge.
    I wonder at the FL choice. Shooting for portrait customers?

  • mnovaes

    Agreed about the DoF, Steve! Although I'm not sure if it's easy to manual focus via LCDs… At $750, it's relatively “cheap”.

  • Steve

    Ok, a rebadged/ remounted C-mount lens. The FL makes more sense now. Just what they could get their hands on.

  • Steve

    Yea, equivalent dof to a 100mm f1.9 in full frame. Narrow, but not needing great skill to nail.
    I've been shooting manual in an old 300D for so long I can focus with my eyes closed (almost) since the viewfinder is that bad anyway. :-)

  • nathanyan

    This is a micro four-thirds lens. In terms of depth of field this produces the equivalent of 100mm f/1.9 on 35mm full frame. It's really not too different from an 85mm f/1.8 or 100mm f/2 lens, and would produce considerably larger depth of field than say a 135mm f/2, 85mm f/1.4 or f/1.2.

    That said, this is big for m4/3 since nothing else gets that close for that format.

  • mattlacey

    I have enough trouble with a f/1.8 50mm due to being very slightly (still legal to drive) short sighted. With such a shallow depth of field even the focus indicator isn't all that helpful!

  • jufemaiz

    Your short sightedness shouldn't be a cause for worry. Have you had the diopter adjusted for your eyesight?

  • mattlacey

    The diopter only has a few positions (D40X), and it's one click away from 20/20 is blurry for me (my eye sight isn't that bad). I think it's just when I see it in focus it's very slightly out, and even when the little focus dot appears, with such a narrow DOF it doesn't mean it's exactly where I want!

  • yaarka

    Nice logo. Like printing B A N A N A on the side of a banana to make up for the bad taste by being grown in feces.

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  • JD

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to make a lens mount adapter than re-case another lens?

    A 0.95 makes more sense on a u4/3 than it does on a larger frame camera, the DOF often gets oppressively small otherwise.

  • JD

    I’ve done manual focusing via LCD on three different cameras. What happens on my Panasonic is that it can show you a 10x view of a particular spot so you can set the focus, let go of the focus dial and you can frame it, then shoot. Not quite as quick as doing it by eye, but I think doing it by eye through an optical viewfinder can have problems too. Doing it by 10x on the LCD is often the way to get the best manual focus on a tripod, and for macro shots.