Press release from Nikon Canada
Nikon Canada is celebrating a momentous NIKKOR production milestone as well as the announcement of the AF-S NIKKOR 105-mm f/1.4E ED, a premium lens for the most discerning photographers. This luxurious new medium-telephoto lens is engineered to help create flattering images with gorgeous bokeh, while delivering impressive sharpness and beautiful colour rendition. As a testament to a lasting legacy of high-calibre lenses, Nikon has also announced that NIKKOR lens production has reached the landmark achievement of 100 million units produced worldwide.
“Reaching the milestone of 100 million lenses produced is a great honour and a testament to the photographers who both love and rely on NIKKOR glass to get the job done,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED represents the embodiment of the NIKKOR line of high-quality lenses, giving photographers a robust, well-balanced lens that provides intense sharpness, astounding image quality and stunning background bokeh. It is sure to be a favourite among portrait photographers.”
Captivating Image Quality
The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, full-frame (FX-format), medium-telephoto prime lens and is the world’s first to strike the impeccable balance of 105 mm focal length and large f/1.4 aperture for a truly outstanding optic. This new NIKKOR lens is ideal for professional and advanced enthusiast photographers, especially those capturing portraiture, from in-studio fashion to golden-hour engagement sessions on the beach. These users will love the precise sharpness, providing a flattering compression to subjects with a sensational bokeh. Beyond the gorgeous image quality lies stellar resolving power, especially when used with Nikon D-SLRs such as the D5, D810 or D750.
The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED is a fast lens offering stellar optical performance, even in the peripherals. Sharp rendering is attained for shooting distant subjects throughout the aperture range — from maximum aperture to being stopped down by several stops. Gradual alteration from the focal plane helps render subjects in high-fidelity with a natural depth, giving colourful portraits and landscapes that little bit of extra “pop” to help create a truly distinct image. The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED is also an excellent choice for low-light photography, as its large maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot at the fastest possible shutter speeds. The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED can also reproduce point light sources faithfully without sagittal coma flare, even on the edges of the frame.
Masterful Lens Construction
Decades of precision knowledge and experience are put forth into every NIKKOR lens, and the AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED is an exceptional example of brilliant craftsmanship and Nikon technologies merging. Packed with the latest advanced optical innovations, the AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED features Nikon’s electromagnetic aperture control technology for consistent exposures, even during high speed continuous shooting.
On the outside, solid build quality is well-balanced for all-day shooting, while the lens is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture. Additional Fluorine coatings are used on the front and rear elements, so that smudges, dirt and moisture are easily removed. Inside the lens, the optical formula consists of 14 elements in nine groups, which include three ED glass elements. A nine-blade diaphragm further helps to create a circular, pleasing out-of-focus area. The lens also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm 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 24 mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.4G, AF-S NIKKOR 58 mm f/1.4G, and AF-S NIKKOR 85 mm f/1.4G.
Pricing and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm f/1.4E ED will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers beginning August 25, 2016, for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. For more information, please visit www.nikon.ca.