The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E is surely the best-corrected f/1.4 lens that Nikon has ever produced, and by no small margin. If Leica produced this lens, everyone would rave about it and pay 3X the price—but it’s a stop faster than anything Leica has in this range.
I think the examples speak for themselves: supreme sharpness, velvety smooth bokeh rivaling the very best lens in its range:
These examples were chosen to challenge the lens. Instead, I was stunned with not just the technical performance, but the jaw-dropping beauty of the images. Image sizes up to 28 megapixels, with crops.
Don’t blame me if your wallet suffers: the about $2195 Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED is worth every penny for what it delivers. This is the first Nikon lens in years that I have lusted over.