AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED
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Meet the new standard by which all short telephoto lenses will be measured, the world's first full-frame 105mm with an f/1.4 aperture (Among AF lenses for digital SLRs compatible with FX-format image sensor; as of July 27, 2016; statement based on Nikon research). This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity. For those seeking the ultimate in image quality in photography or videography, there's no close second.
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AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED
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I shoot both D810 and D850 cameras and own a LOT of Nikkor glass. That said, my experience with the lens has been a bit disappointing. Wide open the lens is essentially unusable unless you are looking for a ´´defocused´´ sort of look. In my copy I also see chromatic aberration wide open, and when shooting into the light there are cases of flare and blotchy bokeh. The color rendition is excellent, however, and stopped down the lens performs very well indeed. However since shooting at 1.4 was my primary reason for purchasing this lens, and since that aperture is essentially unusable, I find the lens to be disappointing, though stopped down and for applications other than portraiture the lens is okay.
I have owned this lens for 10 months, and it is truly the best I´ve ever owned, even beating my Zeiss 135. Tack sharp from edge to edge and fast enough to capture stunning action and provide outstanding bokeh. For the price, I would have preferred an all aluminum body with metallic seals rather than the lightweight plastic, but I countered that somewhat by immediately getting a high quality lens coat.
Unbelievable at capturing individual and family portraits.
I love everything about this lens!
It´s versatile and sharp.
Probably did not need this lens. But favorite lens the 85mm, 1.8 is in use by my kids 75% of the time. My 105mm, 2.8 Macro is another of their favorites. I bought the 105mm for my portrait lens and I love the clarity and great focus.
This lens is big, heavy, and expensive, but boy is it good! The contrast, sharpness, and light gathering characteristics of this lens are unsurpassed by any Nikon lens I have, and I have most of them. Below are six images with exposure data attached.
I purchased this lens with the intention of getting a prime lens that could achieve gorgeous detail and bokeh. It´s a beautiful lens but I found that the listing of ´´Macro´´ on Nikon´s website is misleading. There is nothing I would consider ´´Macro´´ about this lens. I don´t necessarily need a Macro lens per say, but I wanted something that can get tighter shots than the 105 1.4 allowed. This lens requires you to be further away from your subject to focus, therefore using more pixels on background information than a Macro would. As an example, to take a photo of a lego figurine, I had to be about 5-6 feet away from it leaving way too much negative space around the figure. Any closer, and I could not focus on the lego figure. The only way to get the figure to be tighter would be to crop after in an editing program.
Don´t let me dissuade you from purchasing this lens if you are looking for something exclusively for portraits. It is clearly designed for that and does very well with that. I just thought I would get more versatility from it since it is listed as ´´Macro´´ on Nikon´s website. I find the Macro listing misleading for what it actually does.
Instead, I opted for the 85mm 1.4 as it achieves the same aperture as this but allows me to be closer to my subjects for focusing purposes. For Macro, I would consider the 105mm 2.8.
Je cherchais un objectif pour remplacer mon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G qui serait meilleur à pleine ouverture et que la mise-au-point sera sans hésitation. Non seulement cet objectif est très ´´sharp´´ dès la pleine ouverture jusque sur les rebords des photos, mais son autofocus accroche sans hésitations, la où mon ancien objectif patinait parfois. Mais le plus renversant, est de voir combien cet objectif permet à mon D810 d´aller au maximum de sa résolution. Et depuis que j´utilise ce 105mm pour mes portraits autant en studio qu´en extérieur, je m´aperçois que mes photos sont encore plus détaillées, un rendement des couleurs accru et je redécouvre les possibilités de mon D810.
On my D810, D70 and D500 - simply stunning in sharpness, contrast and rendering.
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