Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window).

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/6400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/6400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/8000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/5000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

It's difficult not to be excited about this lens. Sharpness is outstanding across the frame at any aperture setting (limited by diffraction at small apertures, of course). This extremely high resolution comes combined with a beautifully smooth and pleasant bokeh.

That combination alone would probably sell quite a few copies of the lens, regardless of its steep price. On top you get very high contrast, low CAs, moderate and acceptable distortion, but also (and unsurprisignly) quite some vignetting wide open. And unfortunately it's not an APO design, which means you'll have to deal with bokeh fringing at large apertures.

The build quality is outstanding, which of course can be expected at this price level.

In summary, the lens well deserves a 5-star rating. And it is, of course, 'Highly recommended'.

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