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Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens

Product Code: 3240184T
The combination of a 105mm focal length with a f/1.4 aperture is designed and destined to create outstanding portraiture.

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Park Picks 2017 Highly Commended: Best Lens

This Nikon lens is a great example of the arguments for and against prime lens use in photography.

Whilst the flexibility of a prime lens is limited to just one focal length, the quality achieved by a lens such as this is unmatchable from a zoom lens because the optics are designed to solely fit that focal length.

The argument against would be that this is a heavy price to pay for just one type of photograpic use - although prime lenses are definitely more flexible than people give them credit for, especially in the 35mm-55mm range.

Where this lens can silence its doubters is with its absolutely spectacular output, justifying its cost by producing imagery that is nothing short of astounding. The focal length is a more unorthodox one for portraits, more erring on the side of telephoto, but the f/1.4 aperture creates an opportunity for incredible shots of this nature.

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Nikkor Lens Summary

  • Fast prime lens with 105mm focal length for full-frame Nikon DSLRs
  • Strong low light performance
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism for aperture control
  • 14 elements in 9 groups - including three ED glass elements
  • 9-blade diaphragm
  • Part of the 'gold-ring' series of Nikon F mount lenses encorporating great construction quality and nano crystal coat technology - ensuring minimal flare and ghosting
  • Nikon Silent Wave Motor for quiet autofocus
  • Nikon F-mount

This lens is compatible with Nikon DSLRs

Our Verdict

The Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Nikkor prime lens is a unique combination of a focal length verging on telephoto with a very large aperture size of f/1.4 - the first of its kind at launch.

This makes it a great choice for creative portraiture shots, with maximum opportunity for delightful bokeh filled photographs. 

Adorned with Nikon's gold ring, an emblem that signifies great quality optics, build and mechanisms to eradicate ghosting and flare from images, this lens is built to ensure the very best imagery can be achieved.

We Love
  • Large aperture plus 105mm is a commendable achievement
  • Low light performance is strong in this one
  • Prestigious gold ring design and technology
Nikon 105mm f/1.4 AF-S Lens in Detail

A remarkable 105 mm FX-format prime lens with bright f/1.4 aperture.

Crafted to inspire new levels of artistry in portraiture, this is an exceptional lens with a unique character.

This distinctive portrait lens builds upon a legacy of excellence that stretches all the way back to the renowned NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5.

Designed to perfectly capture every nuance, the all-new optical construction ensures outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness, contrast, and resolution. Bokeh is exquisitely smooth, and subjects are sharply rendered even when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4. Whether you’re working with available light or in the studio, images boast a depth and dimension that are truly memorable.

DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER

This FX-format prime lens will perfectly reflect your personal aesthetic. The 105 mm focal length combines with a shortest focusing distance of 1 m to enable frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop.

The unique optical design enables every component of the scene to be faithfully reproduced: even when shooting wide-open, the finest fabrics can be captured in all their beauty. And the rounded 9-blade diaphragm produces stunning bokeh, and enables sensitive depth-of-field control.

EXQUISITE BOKEH

Thanks to its unique optical construction, this lens offers wonderfully smooth bokeh and can endow subjects with a beautifully natural-looking sense of depth.

The intensity of image blur transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, enabling bokeh with no rough edges. And the fine gradation of bokeh from the focus point to the background renders images with an incredible sense of natural depth.

The benefits extend to movies, too: when pulling focus, bokeh transitions incredibly smoothly, providing a unique advantage when it comes to filming atmospheric scenes.

DRAWING WITH LIGHT

The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED enables exceptional aesthetic control. Subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4. 

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, and subjects located at the edge of the frame are sharp and well resolved, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity.

LEGENDARY NIKKOR QUALITY

Nine rounded aperture blades decrease diffraction, delivering faithful reproduction of a scene’s elements. AE control is rendered exceptionally stable—even during a high-speed burst—thanks to the incorporation of an electromagnetic aperture control mechanism in the lens barrel.

Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, and autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift as a result of Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor).

Three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. The front and rear lens elements are protected and made easier to clean by Nikon’s fluorine coat, which effectively repels dust, dirt, water, and grease.

The following cameras are compatible with this lens:

Buy Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens - price £1,849.00

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