I recently had the chance to shoot with the Nikon's new 105mm f/1.4 prime lens (or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, if you want to get technical). Their other 105mm, the f/2.8 micro, is a lens I use a lot, so I was interested to see how this one compared, especially with such a fast wide aperture.
I'll be comparing them directly in a separate review. These sample images go along with that side-by-side review as well as give a sense of how the lens performs in real-world shooting. I've put the emphasis here on the large apertures that are the headline features of this lens, so there are a lot taken in low light as well as many that make use of the narrow depth of field at f/1.4. All of these were shot hand-held (there's no VR on this lens, unlike the f/2.8 version).
As you'd expect from a high-end and, let's face it, expensive lens like this, and especially coming from Nikon, the optical quality is excellent. As usual, it's sharpest a few stops up from wide open, but even wide open at f/1.4 and f/1.8, it is very sharp. Auto focusing when mounted on a Nikon D810 was accurate and quick. And while the lens itself is a bit bigger and heavier than its f/2.8 sibling, it's still very portable. Bokeh is one of those very subjective things, but I was very happy with what this lens delivered. I found nothing to complain about in terms of chromatic aberration or lens flare, even when pointing it right at the sun.
I was using it right around the time that I had several early mornings down near Washington DC's Tidal Basin and Lincoln Memorial, so many of the shots were from there.
I've processed these lightly in Lightroom but have only adjusted things like exposure and contrast. I haven't applied any lens corrections such as distortion correction or removing lens vignetting. I've included the aperture each was taken with in the captions below. You can click on each photo to open a full-size version if you want to take a closer look.
Sample Images taken with a Nikon 105mm f/1.4E
- Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format,
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