Nikon has introduced its latest autofocus 105mm NIKKOR f/1.4E ED lens – a lens it says is directed towards professional photographers.
Priced at $2,199.95 (SRP), the 105mm NIKKOR f/1.4E ED lens is being pegged as the fast, full-frame (FX-format), medium-telephoto prime lens and is the world’s first1 to strike the impeccable balance of 105mm focal length and large f/1.4 aperture for a truly outstanding optic. Nikon says that the lens is ideal for professional and advanced enthusiast photographers, especially those who are fond of capturing portraiture, from in-studio fashion to a golden hour engagement session on the beach.
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4 is also an excellent choice for low-light photography, as its large maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot at the fastest possible shutter speeds. Packed with the latest advanced optical innovations, the 105mm f/1.4 features Nikon’s electromagnetic aperture control technology for consistent exposures, even during high speed continuous shooting.
The new lens has been built from the outside with solid build quality and has been well-balanced for all-day shooting. The lens is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture. To ensure the photographers can get rid of those smudges, dirt or moisture easily, there are additional Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements.
The internals of the lens are pretty complicated. The optical setup consists of 14 elements in nine groups, which include three ED glass elements. A 9-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 new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED joins other NIKKOR f/1.4 lenses in the Gold Ring Series, which include only premium primes with Nano Crystal Coat and pro-grade build quality. These other lenses include the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G.