New portrait lens announced

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon has announced a new lens for portraits for pre-order. The Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 is a super fast lens that will probably target a very specific market. It’s fast maximum aperture make this an ideal optic for available light—recommended for portraiture or indoor sports. This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity.

Nikkor 105f1.4

This is a FX/35mm format with the patented nano crystal coat and silent wave motor technology present in all high end lenses for Nikon. Weighing a mere 34.8 ounces it will not take up a ton of room in your camera bag. It has an 82mm filter size and F-mount with a minimum focusing distance of 3.3 feet. With this kind of speed, you get a hefty price tag with the lens retailing at $2196.95 USD. Here are the full specs for your review:

Mount Type Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length 105 mm
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.4
Minimum Aperture f/ 16
Format FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 15°20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 23°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.13 x
Lens Elements 14
Lens Groups 9
Compatible Format(s) FX
DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Diaphragm Blades 9
Distance Information Yes
Nano Crystal Coat Yes
ED Glass Elements 3
Fluorine Coat Yes
Autofocus Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes
Internal Focusing Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 1.0 m (3.3 ft.) from focal plane
Focus Mode AF, Manual
E-type Yes
Filter Size 82 mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 3.7 in. (94.5 mm) x 4.2 in. (106 mm)
distance from camera lens mount flange
Based on CIPA Guidelines
Approx. Weight 34.8 oz. (985 g)

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