Nikon has unveiled the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED – price tag £2,049.99 / €2,419 – making it the only 105mm autofocus lens on the market with a maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Aimed at portrait photographers and fashion photographers, Nikon says the lens will deliver “unrivalled edge-to-edge sharpness” and “exquisite” bokeh with no rough edges.

Features include a 1m shortest focusing distance for frame-filling head-shots, and Nikon says its engineers have paid special attention to resolution at the outer areas of the frame.

Sagittal coma flare is minimised for superior reproduction of point light sources as fine rounded points, even at the edges of an image, the company says.

Meanwhile, peripheral light falloff is controlled to retain brightness across the frame, even when shooting at maximum aperture with focus set to infinity.

Other key features include a rounded 9-blade diaphragm and an electromagnetic aperture mechanism to enable stable auto-exposure control even during a high-speed burst.

The new Nikon lens also incorporates Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor) and employs a Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare.

Three extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements help to minimise axial chromatic aberration.

The Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED will be released on 25 August 2016.