Nikon Suggests Next ‘Legendary’ Portrait Lens.

Nikon have today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED lens.

My long Nikon heritage both working for and shooting professionally with the Nikon system, has given me access to most Nikkor lenses for 35mm and digital SLR cameras over the decades.

So I feel qualified to give an opinion.

Time will of course tell, but this one to a largely ‘people’ photographer, does sound very exciting. Shooting at fast apertures can be a ‘red herring’ for many situations, but to me there is a lot more to interest about it.

It needs to be to earn the right to join the ranks of previous highly respected portrait Nikkor lenses, and is more expensive than I was anticipating for such a lens.

But it certainly does seem to have ticked a lot of boxes.

Here we go with the official details:

RRP: £2,049.99 / €2,419

Sales Start Date: 25th August 2016

London, UK, 27th July 2016: Nikon launches the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED and adds another jewel to its lineup of fast FX-format f/1.4 prime lenses. As the only 105 mm autofocus lens on the market with an f/1.4 maximum aperture, this is an exciting addition to the NIKKOR range. Professionals who want to reach new levels of artistry in portraiture and fashion will be able to enjoy exceptional aesthetic control.

The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a worthy successor to Nikon’s famed NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 lens. Whether photographers are working with available light or in the studio, the all-new optical construction delivers unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness and exquisite bokeh. The 105 mm focal length and 1 m shortest focusing distance allow for frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop. Wide-open performance is unbeatable, and subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture.

In order to ensure optimum performance in portrait mode, Nikon’s engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame. As a result, 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, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity. Thanks to the unique optical design, the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly for bokeh with no rough edges. Images are rendered with a depth and dimension that’s truly memorable.

Zara Livingston, Junior Product Manager for D-SLRs, Lenses and Accessories at Nikon UK, says: “The new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is the latest in an already superb legacy of f/1.4 lenses in the NIKKOR line-up. Its optical performance and resolution are unbeatable, making it a very distinctive lens and the ideal choice for photographers looking to capture the finest details in their portraits.”HB_79

Additional key features

Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
Nine rounded aperture blades decrease diffraction, delivering faithful reproduction of a scene’s elements.

Quick, stable, smooth
An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable auto-exposure control—even during a high-speed burst. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift as a result of Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor).

Legendary NIKKOR optics
Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghost and flare. Three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s fluorine coat protects the front and rear lens elements, and makes them easier to clean.

End. (27/07/16).