Melville, NY—Nikon is celebrating a lens production milestone with the introduction of the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED. The premium medium-telephoto lens is engineered to create flattering images with artistic bokeh, “while delivering impressive sharpness and beautiful color rendition.”
Nikon announced that Nikkor lens production has reached the landmark achievement of 100 million units produced worldwide.
“Surpassing the 100 million lenses produced milestone is a great honor and a testament to the photographers who both love and rely on Nikkor glass to get the job done,” said Kosuke Kawaura, director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
“The AF-S Nikkor 105mm 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 background bokeh that is sure to be a favorite among portrait photographers.”
The 105mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, full-frame (FX-format), medium-telephoto prime lens. It is the “first to strike the impeccable balance of 105mm focal length and large f/1.4 aperture for a truly outstanding optic,” added Kawaura.
The lens is marketed for professional and advanced enthusiast photographers. And it is especially targeted at those capturing portraiture, from in-studio sessions to golden hour shoots outdoors.
It is engineered to achieve sharp rendering for shooting distant subjects throughout its aperture range. Gradual alteration from the focal plane is said to aid in rendering subjects in high fidelity with a natural depth. As a result, the lens is said to give “colorful portraits and landscapes that little bit of extra ‘pop’ to help create a truly distinct image.”
The 105mm f/1.4 is also suitable for low-light photography, as its large maximum aperture lets photographers shoot at the fastest shutter speeds. Additionally, the lens is designed to reproduce point light sources without sagittal coma flare, even on the edges of the frame.
AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 Lens Construction
The 105mm f/1.4 features Nikon’s electromagnetic aperture control technology. This technology was developed to provide consistent exposures, even during high-speed continuous shooting.
Additionally, the lens is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture. Furthermore, fluorine coatings are used on the front and rear elements, so that smudges, dirt or moisture are easily removed. And, it features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
Internally, the lens’s optical formula consists of 14 elements in 9 groups. These include a trio of ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements. Plus, a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a circular out-of-focus area.
The new lens joins other Nikkor f/1.4 lenses in the company’s Gold Ring series. This series includes only premium primes with Nano Crystal Coat and pro-grade build quality. These lenses include the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G, 35mm f/1.4G, 58mm f/1.4G and 85mm f/1.4G.
The Nikkor Brand
In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the Nikkor brand name—the Aero-Nikkor for aerial photography applications. Since then, it has been used as the brand name for Nikon’s lenses.
Nikon is now celebrating a milestone in the total production of Nikkor lenses for Nikon interchangeable-lens cameras. Production reached the 100 million mark in mid July 2016.
Nikon offers a range of FX- and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from ultrawide 10–24mm to super telephoto 800mm lenses. The company continues to introduce lenses that “further optical technology, utilizing cutting-edge techniques and knowledge from experience cultivated over its long history.”
These advancements include Nano Crystal Coat, antireflection coating applied to reduce ghosting and flare.
More recently, Nikon lens technologies such as the use of Phase Fresnel (PF) and fluorite elements have helped to create smaller and lighter lenses. Many Nikon lenses now also feature a fluorine coat that assists in repelling contaminants such as dirt, water and oils. The introduction of an electromagnetic diaphragm also helped to create lenses that provide crisp exposures, even during high-speed shooting.
Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,199.95. nikonusa.com