Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED review

Great for portraiture, the Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED is all about beautiful bokeh

Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Shorter, slimmer and less than two-thirds the weight of the directly competing Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, the Nikon has an identical focal length and aperture rating. It’s more manageable for handheld shooting although the purchase price is more difficult to swallow. It’s a more high-tech affair than the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G and Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G but the Sigma 105mm still has the edge for beautiful bokeh.


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    Super-tight depth of field

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    Lovely bokeh

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    Excellent build quality


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    Quite heavy at almost a kilo

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    Expensive to buy

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The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED is designed and engineered with bokeh in mind. In the context of portraiture, you can have sharpness for a single eye and even the eyelashes will be blurred. You’re best off shooting with a tripod, for the sake of focusing accuracy, at which point the competing Sigma 105mm Art lens is better poised, as it comes complete with a tripod mounting collar which keeps everything nicely balanced in portrait-orientation shooting.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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