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A closer look at the three-dimensional high fidelity design concept

The art of portraiture often requires a lens that delivers not just optical precision, but natural reproductions of depth and depiction for the most impressive results. In response, Nikon has introduced the three-dimensional high fidelity design concept to select professional lenses, enabling photographers to get to the heart of the image.

What is the three-dimensional high fidelity design concept?

Fidelity, the degree of exactness with which something is reproduced, is the core of this design concept. NIKKOR lenses which embody this, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, are able to effortlessly create images with beautiful, large and smooth bokeh characteristics, reproducing the subject’s depth naturally.

Similar to the natural and smooth flow of gradient colour palettes, lenses with the three-dimensional high fidelity design concept produce bokeh transitions from sharp to slightly blurred, and then fully blurred. This is different from conventional lenses, where standard isolations achieved with a large aperture opening usually result in a sharp bokeh effect, with a stark distinction between areas in focus and the blurred areas.

Shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

Shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

Shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Where the difference is best observed?

The plane of focus is an imaginary two-dimensional plane in front of the camera at the point of focus, and is typically where the focus is the clearest and sharpest in a frame. The smooth transitions, improved resolution and contrasts are noticeable from the plane of focus to the edges of the frame.