Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Portrait Lens

I got a box from B&H Photo today. Funny… I didn’t order anything (recently). Much to my surprise and delight, they sent me a reivew copy of the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor, Nikon’s stunning portrait lens.

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I’m going to find some subjects to test this lens on, but my first impressions are very positive. Focus is fast and precise. Bokeh is to die for, and it’s very sharp wide-open.

A few quick thoughts on the 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor
  • It’s big and robust. Not surprising at all, but you will definitely be using both hands on the camera while shooting with this lens. Weight: 987g (2.17lb)
  • 82mm front filter thread: Frankly, I’d probably not be using filters with this beauty, but the large size is important to note.
  • Focusing ring is smooth and effortless, as with most Nikon primes
  • No VR: Between the fast 1.4 aperture and the high-ISO capabilities of today’s DSLRs, you won’t really need VR, especially in a studio environment. Leaving VR out probably reduces weight (slightly) and improves image quality.
  • Electronic diaphragm: The “E” designation means that there is no mechanical coupling to control the lens aperture. This is intended to improve aperture accuracy
  • 9 diaphragm blades: For that creamy bokeh
  • In the box: Bayonet Lens Hood, Pouch, Instruction manual
  • Bring your wallet: List price is $2196 Pre-Order Here
Test Shots (more to come!)

My only available subject was my golden retriever, Otter. Both of these shots were captured wide-open with my Nikon D810:

Nikon D810 with 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor. 1/250s f/1.4, ISO 100. (Click to enlarge)
Nikon D810 with 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor. 1/250s f/1.4, ISO 100. (Click to enlarge)
Nikon D810 with 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor. 1/250s f/1.4, ISO 140. (Click to enlarge)
Nikon D810 with 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor. 1/250s f/1.4, ISO 140. (Click to enlarge)

5 thoughts on “Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Portrait Lens”

  1. I have the 200MM F2 VR 2

    Would love to see a side by side comparison for the sharpness wide open. So far the images, that I’ve seen posted on the web, look crazy sharp.

  2. How do you think it would be for shooting indoor sports, like pro basketball, where they dont’ allow you to bring a lens longer than 5 inches?

  3. I assume you’re talking about shooting from the stands, right? It would probably work great as long as you’re fairly close to the action. I once took photos of an NBA game from the seats with my 105 f/2.8 macro lens and those were ok (and that was on film).

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