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- 105 mm - Fixed focal with high strength of 1: 1.4
- Electromagnetic fascia mechanism and nine fascia Lamellen
- Nanokrist all coating and fluorine coating
- 3 ED glass lenses
- AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm 1: 1,4e ED; Lens Bag cl 1218; Lens Hood HB 79
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|Item Dimensions||9.45 x 9.45 x 10.6 cm||12.7 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm||8.4 x 8.7 x 8.7 cm||8.64 x 8.64 x 8.64 cm||20.07 x 8.64 x 8.64 cm||13.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm|
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|Max Focal Length||0||105 mm||85 mm||85 mm||200 mm||70 mm|
|Min Aperture||f/1.4||22||16||16||2.8 mm||22|
|Min Focal Length||0||105 mm||85 mm||33 mm||70 mm||24 mm|
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Objectif 105 mm au format FX avec ouverture lumineuse de f/1.4 Cet objectif exceptionnel affiche un caractère unique, de quoi atteindre de nouveaux sommets dans l'art du portrait. Il tire parti d'une longue expérience de l'excellence acquise depuis le célèbre objectif NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5. Conçue pour capturer toutes les subtilités, la toute nouvelle construction optique offre une netteté, un contraste et une définition extraordinaires sur tout le champ de l'image. Le bokeh est d'une grande finesse, tandis que les sujets sont reproduits avec précision même lors des prises de vue à l'ouverture maximale de f/1.4. Que vous travailliez en lumière naturelle ou en studio, les images sont d'une profondeur et d'une richesse impeccables. Point fort : ouverture maximale f/1.4 et focale 105 mm Cet objectif au format FX saura refléter à la perfection vos goûts personnels. Sa focale de 105 mm, combinée à la plus courte distance de mise au point qui soit (1 m), permet de réaliser des portraits serrés sans recadrage. Grâce à une conception optique unique en son genre, chaque élément de la scène est fidèlement reproduit. Même lors des prises de vue en ouverture maximale, les textures les plus fines sont saisies dans toute leur beauté. Le diaphragme circulaire à 9 lamelles produit des bokeh époustouflants, tout en permettant un contrôle précis de la profondeur de champ. Bokeh étonnant : profondeur et dimension Doté d'une construction optique unique, cet objectif offre un bokeh merveilleuse
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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.
Characteristics of a Portrait Lens
Fast lenses have a wider aperture, allowing in more light in less time. They help you to give sharp focus to your subjects, while letting backgrounds softly fall away.
Sharp shots in low light
Shoot crisp candid shots at dimly-lit wedding receptions, restaurants or nightclubs - without the blur.
Capture pin-sharp portraits with impressive detail and vibrant colour reproduction.
Distinctive character: F/1.4 maximum aperture and 105 mm focal length
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: depth and dimension
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: unbeatable performance when shooting wide-open
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.
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My first thoughts about the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 are positive generally. The lens is big but not too heavy, weighing just under 1kg (985g), which is lighter than my 85mm Milvus (1210g) and the new Sigma 85mm art (1130g). Of course it is much heavier than the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4, (595g).
To look at the Nikkor 105mm (94.5 x 106 mm) looks big, with a friend who owns the Sigma 85mm Art saying that he thought the lens looked big and was surprised when I said it was smaller than his Sigma (94.7 x 126.2 mm) . The reason for this is probably the lack of length compared to his Sigma. Compared to the 85mm Milvus (90 x 110 mm) it is chunkier but also slightly shorter, with the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4g (8.64 x 8.38 cm) being quite a bit smaller. Personally I didn't find the size of the Nikkor 105mm to be too big for the D800 (with battery grip), I am not sure I would want to put it on a D5600 but then again it would be a waste of a lens on that camera anyway.
The filter thread of the Nikkor 105mm is 82mm, which is a little annoying (I have had to buy a B+W 0.9 ND for shooting wide open on sunny days). Most of my lens filters are designed for 77mm, so can't be used but at least it is better than the Sigma's 85mm Arts 86mm filter thread, which must be annoying.
The build of the Nikkor 105mm is solid, in the same league as the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G but personally it does feel like Nikkor has tried to cut weight slightly. Compared to the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4G it feels very plasticy, though this isn't surprising as the only lenses that beat the Milvus for feel are Zeiss's Otus line.
The Nikkor 105mm I bought has been very accurate but the lens I tested originally back focused, this shouldn't be a big issue, with manual correction but it is always useful to have accurate focus out of the box. The Nikkor 105mm doesn't have gearless AF as Nikkor originally claimed and the gears are plastic but it does feel quite (close to my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII) and it does focus quite quickly. Personally I would have preferred the lens to have a proper silent wave motor but it isn't a big issue. The other thing I would have liked to see is VR, which would have been really very useful at this focal length and is something the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 has.
Optically, the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4G is very good. It is sharp and generally has very good bokah (though some have said the bokah is a bit swirly). There is a bit of vignetting but nothing particularly bad and the lens handles chromatic aberration well generally.
Comparing to my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Milvus, generally I do prefer the Milvus slightly in certain areas. Both lenses are very sharp (very comparable). The Nikkor 105mm has a slight advantage with its extra focal length for bokah but the Milvus is very smooth and creamy, so I can't say really which is better without more testing. The Nikkor is definitely better when it comes to Vignetting, which is the Milvus main optical down fall. Chromatic aberration is very good on both lenses and isn't something I have noticed much of.
Where the Milvus pulls away from the Nikkor is contrast, particularly micro contrast, which has always been Zeiss's trump card. The Zeiss can just give a little bit more of a 3D pop, where as the Nikkor feels a little bit flatter (which is a trait of the 85mm f/1.4G as well).
The 105mm focal length has an advantage over the 85mm when it comes to compression and you can see the difference when shooting portraits. Of course conversely the disadvantage is you have to shoot slightly further away to get a similar shot, which can be an issue when shooting in confined spaces. Comparing to 135mm, I would say 105mm has the advantage, the 135mm more compression but you are getting quite far from the subject and you can't really use it much indoors, though I am sure there are some who would disagree with me (when buying the 105mm f/1.4E ED, I was thinking of getting the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus (my dream lens) but practicality won out.
Overall I am very pleased with the lens, it is very good. Personally I still love my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Milvus more but it doesn't have auto focus which is a huge advantage of the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED and it does give better compression, which is also an advantage it has over the other 85mm lenses.
Whether I would recommend the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a bit mixed. If you are going after your first high end portrait lens, I would probably say 'no' just because it is much more expensive than all the other 85mm f/1.4 lenses (except the Otus) but if you are experienced and are looking for something slightly different or have a manual 85mm (which I do) I would very much recommend the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED.
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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.
1) This lens is SHARP wide open. It beats the 85mm 1.4G, both in sharpness and contrast. Colors are beautiful, and spot on. Like the 58mm 1.4G, this lens has a look all its own. It can isolate subjects in a very special way, and really makes them pop in images. Nano coating combats flare well, maintaining contrast and color, which is very useful to me, since I shoot during sunset quite a bit.
2) Don't be fooled, the 105 is comparable in size to the beastly Canon 85mm 1.2. It's very large (takes a 82mm filter!) and is quite heavy, over 2 lbs. I notice its weight whenever its in my camera bag, compared to the 85mm 1.4G. This is the biggest drawback of this lens to me, because when you shoot 8+ hour weddings, you feel the weight from this piece of glass on your shoulder. It balances fine on my D4s, but feels front heavy on my D810.
3) AF speed and tracking is about 30% quicker and more accurate than the 85mm 1.4G in my experience. It's not a speed demon like the 70-200, but it's the fastest I've seen in a Nikon prime.
4) Build quality is solid, with the same polycarbonate exterior as Nikon's other nano primes, along with a gasket at the lens mount. I've shot with it in rain and it's been fine. Focus ring is large and nicely dampened.
5) Price tag is steep, but if your bread and butter is shooting portraits, and you like the telephoto look, this is the lens for you.