Nikon is due to launch its new AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens later this month.

Billed as the only 105mm AF lens on the market with an f/1.4 aperture, the newcomer succeeds the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5.

‘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,’ Nikon claims.

Nikon explains that its engineers paid ‘special attention’ to resolution at the outer edges of the frame, to minimise ‘sagittal coma flare’ – an aberration where the point light sources do not gather at one point, leaving a tail.

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According to Nikon, the new lens delivers ‘superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image’.

Features also include a close focusing distance of 1m, a nine-blade diaphragm and three extra-low dispersion glass elements.

The AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is due out on 25 August, priced £2,049.99.