Nikon announce a new Bokeh monster, the 105mm f/1.4


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Nikon has unveiled the AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED, the fastest full-frame lens of its kind with autofocus. Resistant to dust and moisture, the lens uses 14 elements in 9 groups, including 3 ED elements, along with Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings. The lens has 9 rounded aperture blades, and the aperture is electronically controlled, which keeps exposure consistent while shooting high-speed bursts. As you might expect, this is a heavy lens, weighing in at 985g/2.1lbs.

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As the only 105 mm autofocus lens on the market with an f/1.4 maximum aperture, this is an exciting addition to the NIKKOR range. Professionals who want to reach new levels of artistry in portraiture and fashion will be able to enjoy exceptional aesthetic control.

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The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a worthy successor to Nikon’s famed NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5  lens. Whether photographers are working with available light or in the studio, the all-new optical construction delivers unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness and exquisite bokeh. The 105 mm focal length and 1 m shortest focusing distance allow for frame-filling head-shots without the need to crop. Wide-open performance is unbeatable, and subjects are rendered with perfect clarity even when shooting at the widest aperture.

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In order to ensure optimum performance in portrait mode, Nikon’s engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame. As a result, Sagittal coma flare  is effectively minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image. Peripheral light falloff  is controlled to retain brightness across the frame, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity. Thanks to the unique optical design, the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly for bokeh with no rough edges. Images are rendered with a depth and dimension that’s truly memorable.

The 105mm F1.4 is expected to ship in late August with a £2049.99

Pre-order yours today! 

 

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 105 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded blades
Optics
Elements 14
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings Three ED elements + Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 985 g (2.17 lb)
Diameter 95 mm (3.72)
Length 106 mm (4.17)
Sealing Yes
Filter thread 82.0 mm
Tripod collar No

Sony announce new lenses!


Sony have announced some very tasty new glass for E-mount cameras. The previously mentioned 70-200 G master is finally with us and an all new 50mm f/1.4 from Zeiss.

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These lenses are a big deal for Sony camera users, particular those with full-frame Sony mirrorless A7-series models. The 70-200mm has three advanced lens elements including XA, Super ED, and ED glass components, as well as its Nano AR coating. It features a floating focusing system – a first for a Sony zoom lens – that contributes to a minimum focusing distance of 0.96 meters and ensures AF performance is optimised during still and video shooting, Sony says. The lens includes a Super Sonic Motor (SSM) plus dual linear motors that work together to move large lens elements quickly. It has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation and a rotating tripod mount that allows the camera to be quickly removed from a connected tripod as needed. The telephoto zoom is dust and moisture resistant with an additional fluorine coating added to the front lens. It also has a focus hold button as well as a focal range limiter.

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £2500

FE 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss

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The full-frame, 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss prime features high-precision Advanced Aspherical (AA) and ED glass elements, as well as a Zeiss T* coating. It has a ring drive SSM (in this case, a Super Sonic Wave Motor), 11-bladed circular aperture, an aperture ring, and a moisture-resistant design.

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £1500

Sony Teleconverters

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To partner up with the stunning 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master, sony have announced two teleconverters, a 1.4x and a 2x. Extending the performance and possibilities of the 70-200mm G Master, Sports, Action and Wildlife shooters now have a serious option when it comes to lens choice,

Available from Castle Cameras from the 29th July, retailing at £550 each

 

 

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH


Panasonic have added a rather tasty lens to line up for micro four thirds cameras today.

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The all new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24 mm) enables photographers to capture dynamic landscapes with rich perspective across a wide angle. It also allows indoor shooting in low lighting and produces an impressive, natural defocusing effect with its F1.4 high speed aperture. Further, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. boasts a rugged, splash/dust-proof design to meet the needs of a wide-range of photographic situations.

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Integrating two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, the lens system comprises 15 elements in 12 groups. The adoption of five special lenses makes it possible to clear the stringent LEICA standard for exceptional image quality with high resolution and minimum distortion.  In general, sagittal flare is commonly seen around the periphery of the point source with high-speed lenses when larger aperture is used. However, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. achieves high resolution from the center of the image to the corners by suppressing this flare. Uses can take advantage of this lens to shoot starry skies or night scenes containing illumination to capture true-to-life images with minimal blurring and distortion all the way to the edges.

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Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. is capable of smooth, silent operation together with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at a maximum of 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is excellent for recording 4K videos, where precise focusing is essential.

Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm/F1.4 ASPH. uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flaring. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for repeated use. The lens mount, the barrel and the hood are all made of metal to provide a sleek, sophisticated design that matches the entire line-up of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras.

  • LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
  • SUMMILUX is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Hitting our stores 25th July, available to pre-order here.

SRP £1199

Check out some sample images from this lens below:

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Nikon launch the impressive 58mm f/1.4


Nikon have launched a new fast prime lens, designed to deliver the ultimate in image quality and really showcases what Nikon can do with their lens manufacture.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is a lens that makes the most of advanced optical design technologies long cultivated by Nikon to achieve high reproduction capability of point light sources even at the maximum aperture, and natural depth of subjects utilising smooth and beautiful bokeh characteristics.

With shooting of distant night landscapes, the lens minimises the sagittal coma flare that makes a point light source look like a bird with its wings spread to render point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture, for clear and crisp night landscape shots.

What’s more, despite being a fast lens, not only is light falloff controlled for natural brightness across the entire frame, even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4, for sharp rendering of objects at infinity, but adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost.

It inspires memories of the old Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NIKKOR from the 70’s as a premium lens when only the very best is good enough.

Coming soon with a RRP of £1599

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