Nikon has announced the AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED. Yes, that wide aperture is real. And yes, at $2,196.95, it's as expensive as anyone thought it might be. The good news is that optical quality is supposed to be at the top of its segment. With a relatively long focal length of 105mm, the f/1.4 maximum aperture is impressive regardless of the price. Also featuring Nikon's latest nano and fluorine coatings, this is bound to be a new favorite lens for many portrait and wedding photographers.
The fluorine coating on the front of the lens helps protect that expensive front element from unwanted oil, dust, and dirt. Meanwhile, nano coating and ED glass elements keep lens flare and chromatic aberration to a minimum. The new 105mm also features Nikon's latest electromagnetic aperture (nine-bladed, in this case) for fast and accurate exposures even at high exposure rates.
Excellent sharpness and superb color rendition are promised even at the maximum aperture and into the corners, which Nikon claims will remain free of sagittal coma flare when reproducing point light sources. Given the lack of vibration reduction in this model (which was featured in Nikon's last 105mm lens), one would expect these specifications to hold true when considering the high price point. It features 14 elements in 9 groups, a minimum focusing distance of 3.3 ft for a maximum magnification of 0.13x, and a weight of 985 g (2.2 lbs). Meanwhile, its MTF chart shows good sharpness into the corners, even at f/1.4:
The new AF-S 105mm f/1.4E features an 82mm filter thread and will be available starting August 26th. Pre-orders for the lens are now open.