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Nikon 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor AI-S 35mm Primes

4.82 star rating
                      4.82 / 5 (33 Reviews)
MSRP : $246.95

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length105mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.5
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance42 in
    Picture Angle23 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements5 Elements in 4 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length2.7 in
    Weight15.36 oz
    Product ID20825985

Product Description

  • The "Classic" portrait lens
  • Min focus: 3.5 ft. Considered the classic portrait lens, with ideal picture coverage of 23 degrees. Relatively large maximum aperture is convenient for pinpoint focusing and shooting in available light. Focuses down to 42. Accepts 52mm filters. Built-in lens hood.

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ponsi a Expert

    Date Reviewed: March 3, 2015

    Strengths:    Ligero, compacto funciona genial en todos los diafragmas, es muy fuerte, muy interesante en paisaje y retrato

    Weaknesses:    que es manual, y requiere mayor atención con la cámara

    Bottom Line:   
    He utilizado este objetivo y tiene una resolución bestial, tanto de cerca como de lejos paisaje, es muy fuerte incluso a F/16. según dicen es el único objetivo que funciona igual de bien en todos los diafragmas, no tiene picos como otros objetivos Nikon que su punto más dulce de resolución suele ser entre diafragma 4 y 8, éste va bien en todos

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    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Europa

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 85 f1.8 Sigma 85 f1.4

    Type of photography:   Fine Art

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rick Jack a Professional

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2014

    Strengths:    Performance, optically and mechanically. Price (2014). Can be easily adapted for use on other brand DSLR's.

    Weaknesses:    Manual focus

    Bottom Line:   
    I was shooting with a Nikon F3 when I bought my lens and it produced flawless images on film. Now I shoot with full frame Nikon DSLR's, and the lens performance is even better. My only complaint is I wish my DSLR had a split image focusing screen. It's a little soft in the corners at f2.5-4 which is perfect for portraits and once the lens is stopped down to f5.6-8 it is crisp corner to corner. My lens is very flair resistant. There are several versions of the 105/2.5 out there, the latest AIS version is the best, having improved optics and a built in lens shade. It also has a larger rear element than the AI and earlier versions, which seems to make a difference with full frame sensors. On DSLR's with aps-c or DX sensors your using the "sweet spot" all the time and it's difficult to get a bad image. The lens is small, compact and well built.
    If your shopping for a 105mm this is a wonderful lens, but don't forget about the 105mm f1.8 AIS which is often overlooked, IMO it's even better.

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    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   100-105mm lenses from Pentax, Minolta, Miranda.

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by .g.e.o. a Expert

    Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011

    Strengths:    Great optical performance, a perfect blend of colour rendition, smoothness and sharpness.
    Tough build and mechanics, super smooth operation.
    Very inexpensive in today's digital era.

    Weaknesses:    Best when fit on a proper camera body, which means a Nikon film camera or a pro level Nikon DSLR (due to need of aperture ring coupling) with adequate focousing screen.

    Bottom Line:   
    I own an AI-S sample since 1996 and use it on Nikon FM-2n and F3.
    Despite it's small and inexpensive, I believe this is one of the very best lenses ever. Image quality is extremely high, not just in terms of 'sharpness', but also in terms of a very fine balance between colour rendition, smoothness, out-of-focus transition.
    Perfect for portraits expecially at f/2.5 or f/2.8, turns into an impressive landscape lens when stopped down to f/4.
    Build quality is probably the best one can dream of: despite a very heavy optical group, the lens is perfectly solid and everything runs and turns positively and smooth.
    In my view, this lens is worth owning a 'proper' camera body (a Nikon film camera, or a Nikon pro digital with full meter coupling for AI-S lenses and a viewfinder fit for manual focousing) just to use it the way it should be.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Similar Products Used:   Olympus Zuiko 135/3.5, Leica Elmarit-M 90/2.8.

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by marsmitsu a Casual

    Date Reviewed: December 10, 2011

    Strengths:    smooth bokeh, good contrast even wide open, sharp even wide open, light and compact, exceptional build quality,

    Weaknesses:    would be better on full frames and inconsistent exposure with my 7D (don't know about other canons). except for those none really

    Bottom Line:   
    i normally don't write reviews but i thought it might help some people out there. I shoot canon and have the nikkor 50 1.2 and 105 f2.5 mounted on my 7D with adapters. A word of warning: these lenses are easier to shoot with on nikon bodies (obviously) as they meter properly on pro bodies and high end entry DSLRs like d300s, d7000 etc. Exposure on my canon is at times inconsistent no matter what mode (aperture or manual) i am shooting in.
    I borrowed my friend's d700 and shot the whole day today with the combo. Here's what I noticed: sharp even wide open (some people complain about sharpness with most lenses wide open but believe me if you can focus spot on you can get reasonably good results even with the nikkor 50 1.2 @1.2); very high contrast wide open (the high dynamic range of a full frame certainly adds to it); very light and compact: the 105 2.8 macro would extend quite a bit more.
    I bought the lens for $400 and except for 1-2 tiny scuffs you wouldn't even tell it's second hand so i'm very happy with that.
    Another thing i liked about it is the focusing throw: it is just perfect - not too long, not too short. I imagine on a 2.8 macro it would be much longer and that cost me some shots with my zeiss 50 f2 makro-planar: perfect for fine tuning but a disaster when you need to focus quickly from one end to another.
    Also, i find focusing easy because i use katzeye focusing screen (on 7D) which really makes a HUGE difference and with the d700 i was spot on 90% of the time (great viewfinder) but it will be harder on cropped bodies with inferior viewfinders.
    Bear in mind with canon bodies you'll have to use stop down metering which may be an issue if you like to shoot at narrower apertures as there will be less light available for you to see properly through the viewfinder.
    Overall, a truly great lens BUT to fully enjoy it use on a full frame. If you're a canon user and use a cropped sensor like i do atm, you may find metering to be inconsistent. That may be a deal breaker for some - i'm switching to nikon anyway so i can bear with it for the time being.

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    Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by William Kazak a Professional

    Date Reviewed: December 2, 2011

    Strengths:    Great bokeh. Wonderful focal length on D300. Sharp. Compact with built in shade.

    Weaknesses:    Auto focus can be a problem at times things are moving fast.

    Bottom Line:   
    A very nice lens for people and for shooting flower and garden pics. Colors are good and the bokeh is really nice. No problem shooting wide open. Probably the best Ais lens that I have used.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   Craigslist

    Similar Products Used:   105 mm F2 DC
    180mm F2.8 AFD
    135mm F2.8 AFD
    200mm F4 Ais
    85mm F1.8 Ais

    Type of photography:   People

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