Portraits in smooth perfection with the new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

Fast, prime mid-telephoto lens delivering the large, smooth and beautiful bokeh and edge-to-edge rendering

Press Release (Courtesy of Nikon South Africa):

Johannesburg – South Africa, 27 July 2016 – The new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length lens which responds to the demands of professional and advanced amateur photographers pursuing their imaging creativity with a variety of photographic scenes, is announced by Nikon in South Africa today. The lens is also the world’s first*1autofocus lens with a 105mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture, further advancing the boundaries of imaging innovation.

The FX-format compatible AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, which embodies the “three-dimensional high fidelity” design concept, effortlessly crafts impressive portraits and photos of still subjects that beautifully utilize the large and smooth bokeh characteristics. The lens also delivers superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame for landscape shots, be it for day or night scenes, alongside an excellent reproduction of point light sources.

“Creating a significant shallow depth of field with the smoothest of bokeh through a 105mm focal length, is now made possible with the combination of phenomenal optical performance and innovative design. This new lens, the world’s first*1 with a 105mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/1.4, answers to the desire of a portraiture with soft, mesmerising bokeh effect. The effect is made possible through gradual alteration from the focus position and resulting in the creation of a natural reproduction of the subject’s depth,” said Grant Norton, Head of Sales and Marketing for Nikon in South Africa. “NIKKOR design technology further equips the lens with a highly accurate diaphragm control for stable auto exposure, and various elements to reduce chromatic aberration and flare effects. This lens will be a compelling apparatus for a photographer’s creativity.”

New Nikon 105mm F1.4E
Girl on a bridge, taken with Nikon 105mm lens

AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Primary Features

A natural beauty: The new autofocus lens with a focal length of 105mm*2 and a maximum aperture of f/1.4, making the most of the impressive cropping of a scene and optimal compression effects, is developed based on the design concept of “three-dimensional high fidelity”. The concept constructs a natural 3D reproduction of three-dimensional subjects on the two-dimensional fields that are photos, as well as large and beautiful bokeh characteristic that provide smooth alteration of bokeh as the distance from the focus position increases. These characteristics enable rendering with a natural sense of depth in portraits and images of still objects.

Smiling baby photographed with 105mm
Middle aged man portrait photographed with Nikon 105mm
Young woman on bridge at nigh photographed with Nikon 105mm

Perfecting the points that matter: Scenic and expressive landscapes are reproduced with superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame, even at maximum aperture, for extremely sharp and clear rendering. The high reproduction capability of point light sources ensure the rendering of points and sharp points of light with very little distortion or bleed in night landscapes, resulting in sharply reproduced yet breath-taking captures. The bright viewfinder image achieved with this fast, prime lens that supports comfortable shooting is equally effective in handheld shooting for low-light scenes as well.

Inheriting the finest: The NIKKOR technology infused within the lens’ design and build stems from three Extra-low Dispersion lens elements that provide compensation for chromatic aberration. Nano Crystal Coat is utilized for effective reduction of ghost and flare, while the lens is also equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable auto exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting. Rounding up the innovation to effectively repel dust, water, grease, and dirt is a highly durable fluorine coat applied to the extreme front and rear lens’ surfaces.

1 Among 35mm-format compatible lenses as of 27 July 2016. Statement based on Nikon research

2 When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the effective angle of view is equivalent to that of a 157.5 mm lens in FX/35mm (135) format


August 2016