The AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED, which Nikon delightfully calls “glamourous glass” and “luxurious,” is a premium lens the company says delivers “gorgeous” bokeh, “impressive” sharpness and beautiful colour rendition. But the piece de resistance is its f/1.4 aperture.
Nikon says the lens offers “stellar” optical performance, across the frame. The lens can also reproduce point light sources faithfully without sagittal coma flare, even on frame edges, says the company.
The lens features Nikon’s electromagnetic aperture control technology for consistent exposures, even during high speed continuous shooting.
Solid build quality is well-balanced for all-day shooting, while the lens is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture. Additional fluorine coatings are used on the front and rear elements, so that smudges, dirt and moisture are easily removed. Inside the lens, the optical formula consists of 14 elements in nine groups, which include three ED glass elements. A nine-blade diaphragm further helps to create a circular, pleasing out of focus area. The lens also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
The AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late August, for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,799.95.