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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format,
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Nano Crystal Coating; Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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|Item Dimensions||4.17 x 3.72 x 3.72 inches|
|Item Weight||2.17 pounds|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||82 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||0 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
Meet the new standard by which all short telephoto lenses will be measured against, the world's first full-frame 105mm with an f/1.4 aperture. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens is a marvel of optical precision, distortion correction and craftsmanship. It's fast maximum aperture make this an ideal optic for available light—recommended for portraiture or indoor sports. This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity. For those seeking the ultimate in image quality in photography or videography, there's no close second.FEATURES:World's first full-frame 105mm with an f/1.4 maximum apertureA marvel of optical precision, distortion correction and craftsmanshipChromatic aberration, ghosting and flare is minimized by three Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elementsNano Crystal Coat (N) outperforms conventional antireflection coatings over a broad wavelength range for maximum contrast
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The portrait of perfection.
Meet the new standard by which all short telephoto lenses will be measured, the world's first* full-frame 105mm with an f/1.4 aperture. A marvel of optical precision, distortion correction and craftsmanship. It's fast maximum aperture make this an ideal optic for available light—recommended for portraiture or indoor sports. This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity. For those seeking the ultimate in image quality in photography or videography, there's no close second.
*Among AF lenses for digital SLRs compatible with FX-format image sensor; as of July 27, 2016; statement based on Nikon research.
Gorgeous background defocus
World's fastest, brightest 105mm full-frame lens
An excellent performer for available light, the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED also excels when using Nikon Speedlights—indoors or out. Create beautiful portraits with minimal depth of field as well as using Advanced Wireless Lighting with Auto FP High Speed Sync. Its f/1.4 maximum aperture and nine-blade diaphragm produce a superior bokeh effect with large, smooth spheres with gradual alteration. The focal length (105mm on FX cameras, 158mm on DX cameras) creates an ideal working distance that's close enough to interact with the subject.
Ultimate image quality
A must-have for serious shooters
This is the culmination of Nikon's expertise in lens design, optical excellence and industry leading innovation. Its new optical design creates ultra-high definition across the entire frame, especially when used with one of Nikon's full-frame (FX) high-resolution DSLRs. Its a lens that pushes boundaries of imaging possibility, one that can take your photography and videography to a thrilling new level. What will you achieve with it?
No compromises accepted
Pure, distortion-free photos and videos
Chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare is minimized by three Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements. Nano Crystal Coat (N) outperforms conventional antireflection coatings over a broad wavelength range for maximum contrast. Like the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, point light sources are reproduced naturally without sagittal coma flare and minimized astigmatism, even at the frame edges. An electromagnetic diaphragm (E) maintains consistent exposure during high-speed capture, while fluorine coat ensures a lifetime of brilliant performances.
Superior imaging at your fingertips
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.
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Being an "E" lens, it means that a number of older cameras will not be able to control the aperture, leaving the lens stuck wide open on those cameras. Personally, it makes me a bit sad that there's no way for me to use this lens fully with any film camera, but if it's going to be stuck at an aperture, I suppose I prefer this lens to be stuck wide open than closed down if I ever did decide to go down that route.
As you can probably imagine with a 105mm f/1.4 lens, the size and weight are no joke. This is fairly large lens that will, at times, intimidate people on the other side of it. This is something that many people don't really think about and with people used to modeling or having photos taken of them, it may not affect them, but it might take a bit for some family members to get used to it. And as far as carrying it around for street photography—yes, I've actually tried this—be prepared to be met with suspicion like you're some sort of stalker. All joking aside, it is definitely a large lens and if you're one to be involved in long photo sessions or carry your camera around for long periods of time, I would definitely take the weight and size of it into consideration. I've found that having a sling strap has helped a lot in this regard.
Probably because 105mm makes for a really good portrait length, people assume that this is a portrait lens and while it is an excellent lens for that purpose, I wouldn't necessarily pigeon-hole it like that. Its technical proficiency makes it useful for all sorts of shooting. Ironically, there is a contingent of people that dislike lenses like this for portraits simply because they feel that the sharpness starts to work against them by bringing out all of the details—read: flaws—in the skin. I can empathize with this to a degree and I agree that sharpness should not be the be all/end all of how a lens should be evaluated. That having been said, I will point out that you can soften features in post if you have a sharp lens, but if you don't have a sharp lens, you can't exactly bring detail back.
On this topic, the most obvious competitor to this lens would be Nikon's own 105mm f/2 DC, which is an older autofocus design with Nikon's "De-Focus Control". The 105mm f/2 DC is an excellent lens in its own right and is a very sharp lens as well. The two lenses, however, are quite different and simply render images in a different way so even though the newer lens was likely released as a replacement, I wouldn't really consider it a a spiritual successor to the older lens. Don't get me wrong, the DC does not hold a candle to the 1.4E in image quality, but I definitely think that it has some desirable attributes that have not carried over to the 1.4E there will be different situations that each one is better suited for. I imagine part of this is due to the way we judge lenses has evolved since the advent of all of these sites that will rub laboratory tests and assign numerical performance values. While there are many technical attributes, we can measure objectively, we would do well to keep in mind that a lot of photography is subjective and there are aspects of the character of lenses that can be difficult to quantify. So if you already own the 105mm f/2 DC, I would say try out both before making a decision to "upgrade". Having gone into that, as an exercise in technical excellence, the new 105mm f/1.4E is a stunning specimen of modern lens design.
Attached to a D810, the lens focuses very well and I have not needed to perform any auto-focus micro-adjustments. The speed of focusing is not super fast—there's a lot of big glass to move around—so I don't know how well it will work out for something that is looking for a lens to shoot indoor sports or some other fast action. I have tried shooting some moving animals from time to time and it's been hit or miss, but it's entirely possible that this is due to my technique given the fact that I don't really do that kind of shooting.
All in all, I am very happy to have added this lens to my arsenal and it's been a solid workhorse for me since I got it. I would encourage anyone to give it a shot. In an increasingly competitive market, I really do believe that Nikon hit it out of the park with this particular release. Now if they'll just release a new 50mm and 135mm...
Update: I recently took the lens out to a soccer game and it seems like my initial concerns about the AF speed were largely unfounded as I felt that the lens performed pretty admirably overall. I've uploaded a few of the photos and while there were certainly a few misses, I ended up with a lot more keepers than I had initially anticipated. Granted, soccer is probably not the ideal sport to be shooting with this lens given the relatively short focal length in relation to the size of the field, but I just wanted to give it a real test and I would say that it passed with flying colors.
Very sharp, yet renders out of focus backgrounds beautifully.