It’s official! Nikon has officially announced the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens. This would be the auto-focusing iteration of the extremely popular 105mm focal length. Currently, Nikon sells two more versions in this focal length segment. One is the well-built AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D and the other one is the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8. The defocus controlling version does not auto-focus on all bodies, especially the entry and upper entry level bodies. The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED aims to iron out that issue.
The new lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.4. You would be able to use that shallow depth of field for subject – background separation, virtually melting away the background at will. Plus, the fast wide f/1.4 aperture ensures that you can make great exposures even in less than favorable lighting conditions.
This lens is optimized for the larger FX cameras. It has an angle of view of 23 ˚ 10’ and a minimum focusing distance of 3.28’. The construction consists of a total of 14 elements arranged in 9 groups. There are three extra-low dispersion elements. Nano crystal coating ensures ghosting and flares are suppressed. To prevent smudges and dirt impacting the front element of the lens, fluorine coating has been used.
Auto-focusing is powered by Nikon’s silent wave motor (SWM) technology. You also get full-time manual focusing override. The lens diaphragm is composed of a total of 9 rounded blades. The filter thread specification of the lens is 82mm. Overall weight is 985 grams.
The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED has been listed for shipping starting August 26 on B&H. Adorama lists it for shipping starting the same date.