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Nikon D810 and Nikkor 105mm f1.4 lens
Nikon D810 and Nikkor 105mm f1.4 lens

World’s Fastest Bokehmon 105mm f/1.4 Lens

World’s Fastest Bokehmon 105mm f/1.4 Lens

When it comes to bokeh, the wider it opens the better it will be. While the whole world of gamers are busy finding Pokemon and playing SuperMario, Nikon recently announced the world’s fastest 105mm f/1.4 lens and it is absolutely bokehlicious. Photographers may lovingly call it Bokehmon. The lens is designed to be used for professional portrait works but may very well be used for other creative works. Nikon claims that  this lens can reproduce point light sources faithfully without sagittal coma flare, even on the edges of the frame, making it superb for astrophotography. World’s Fastest Bokehmon 105mm f/1.4 Lens.

nikkor 105 mm portrait test
Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 Sample at f/1.4, 1/2500s

It produces stunning bokeh which is better than any other lens in the current line-up and also features instant manual-focus override. The only concern is that is comes without optical image stabilization but you can’t just beat physics.

Icing on the cake, it will work perfectly on Nikon’s recent DX line-up like Nikon D3300, D7200 and the recently launched D500. It will work best with the Nikon FX or Full Frame line-up. Pair it with a Nikon D5 or Nikon D810 and it should be able to blow away any competition for sharpness and bokeh quality.

nikon 105mm f1.4 lens sample bokeh
Sharp and Bokehlicious by Nikon D5, f/1.4, 1/800s, ISO 3200, -0.7EV

It is optimized for use on FX cameras but will also work on the DX bodies. On a crop sensor or DX body it will work as 160 mm lens due to the crop factor. It boasts 14 optical elements in 9 groups and is multi-coated with nano-crystal coatings. Before this 85mm lens was well celebrated as a portrait lens among photographer community, but this will take the bokeh game to whole new level.

nikkor 105mm new lens buy

Technical aspects explained:

  • Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED ∅82 N.
  • AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.
  • NIKKOR: Nikon’s brand name for all their lenses.
  • E: Electronic diaphragm, just like Canon has been doing since 1987. This means it only works on these newest Nikon cameras.
  • ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.
  • IF: Internal focusing; nothing moves externally as focused.
  • ∅82: 82mm filter thread.
  • N: “Nano” continuously variable index of refraction anti-reflection coatings.
    nikon 105mm f1.4 lens test

Nikon 105mm f/1.4  hit stores in August 2016, and you can order it on amazon here. It will certainly be a hot cake for all the professionals who love doing portraits and events. Want to pixel-peep? Check out the full resolution samples here. What do you think about these new bokeh monster? Let us know your thoughts in comments below.

Not enough? Then read about World’s best lenses.

All photographs courtesy Nikon USA

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