Nikon’s latest lens is set to fill a gap in the photographic market. That’s because the new AF-S Nikkor optic is the only 105mm autofocus lens currently available with a fast maximum f/1.4 aperture.
This ultra-wide aperture is considerably brighter than the previous model, which could only open as far as f/2.5. Its 105mm focal length is a little more zoomed in than other portrait lenses which are usually around 80mm or 85mm. This extra reach should make it a better choice if your subject is a little further away, or you prefer a tighter composition.
Nikon launches the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED and adds another jewel to its lineup of fast FX-format f/1.4 prime lenses. As the only 105 mm autofocus lens on the market with an f/1.4 maximum aperture, this is an exciting addition to the NIKKOR range. Professionals who want to reach new levels of artistry in portraiture and fashion will be able to enjoy exceptional aesthetic control.
The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a worthy successor to Nikon’s famed Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens. Whether photographers are working with available light or in the studio, the all-new optical construction delivers unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness and exquisite bokeh. The 105 mm focal length and 1 m shortest focusing distance allow for frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop. Wide-open performance is unbeatable, and subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture.
In order to ensure optimum performance in portrait mode, Nikon’s engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame. As a result, Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image. Peripheral light falloff is controlled to retain brightness across the frame, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity. Thanks to the unique optical design, the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly for bokeh with no rough edges. Images are rendered with a depth and dimension that’s truly memorable.
Zara Livingston, Junior Product Manager for D-SLRs, Lenses and Accessories at Nikon UK, says: “The new AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is the latest in an already superb legacy of f/1.4 lenses in the Nikkor line-up. Its optical performance and resolution are unbeatable, making it a very distinctive lens and the ideal choice for photographers looking to capture the finest details in their portraits.”
Additional key features
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
Nine rounded aperture blades decrease diffraction, delivering faithful reproduction of a scene’s elements.
Quick, stable, smooth
An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable auto-exposure control—even during a high-speed burst. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift as a result of Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor).
Legendary Nikkor optics
Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghost and flare. Three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s fluorine coat protects the front and rear lens elements, and makes them easier to clean.