Superb prime lens quality for low light
An F1.4 maximum aperture makes this superb lens ideal for snapshots and ambient-light photography while providing extended depth-of-field control. The ability to create smooth bokeh makes it great for portraits too. Another advantage of a large maximum aperture is that higher shutter speeds can be used when shooting fast action.
Sharp, high-contrast imagery
Premium G Lens optics, including molded aspherical glass elements, achieve consistently high resolution and contrast right down to the lens's bright F1.4 maximum aperture. All types of aberration are effectively suppressed too, so that natural, life-reproduction of delicate gradations and details is achieved.
From super-sharp to gorgeous bokeh
A 9-blade circular aperture works with this lens's F1.4 maximum aperture to produce beautifully smooth background bokeh with natural highlights when desired. Smooth background defocusing can make the in-focus focus really stand out in images with almost three-dimensional depth.
Compact, manageable, and versatile
In addition to a remarkably compact, manageable design, this lens includes a convenient focus hold button right on the lens barrel, and an auto-clutch that prevents the focus ring from rotating when autofocus is used.