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Nikon 45mm f/2.8 P Nikkor AI-S 35mm Primes

4.43 star rating
                      4.43 / 5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length45mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance17.7 in
    Picture Angle51 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements4 Elements in 3 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length0.7 in
    Weight4.16 oz
    Product ID20724010

Product Description

Manual focus "pancake" lens. Built-in CPU for information exchange (P-type Nikkor). Compatible with all exposure modes of CPU-controlled Nikon SLRs as well as all F3HP, FM3A and FM10.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shen Stone

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2016

Strengths:    Size
Build quality

Weaknesses:    If you can't live without AF and are dead set against manual focusing then leave well alone.
Some may say the price is high, but I picked it up for £180 (without the hood), and I've seen it go for twice that.

Bottom Line:   
Ok, first of all don't let any internet reviewer put you off this lens.
It really is a fantastic lens, and I have been blown away by its sharpness even fully wide open at f2.8.
The out-of-focus background rendering is beautiful and creamy, and to my eyes looks nicer than that produced by the 50mm f/1.4 af d.
For me 45mm is the perfect focal length, as it just seems right, it must be the Goldilock effect I guess.
It can do landscape, close-up, and portrait in one tiny beautifully made body.
I have it mounted on a Nikon DF with the D4 sensor at 16mp, and it just seems tailor-made for that camera.
If you want a little jewel of a lens and are not afraid of old-school manual focus, just go out and get one, you will not be disappointed.

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Purchased At:   eBay

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by gholi a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2009

Strengths:    Small Size.

Weaknesses:    Low build quality, you want to bet? just grab one of the old AI or AIS lenses.
relatively low speed for the focal lenght.

Bottom Line:   
I bought 270 US dollars it because of its small size to use it with my old FM2n and my new FM3A I usually used a 50mm f1.8 AIS pancake non-E Series. But with this new lens I even could put the camera in my Jackets poket. Tthe sharpness and optics was fine for my needs. Hoever I was worried about its build quality and unfortunately during a trip to the north of the country where the humidity is relatively high the aperture ring stuck. this had never happened with my f1.8 pankcake. Any way I sold it 100 US$. I still use my F1.8 50 mm.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   Tehran

Similar Products Used:   AF 50mm f1.4D, MF AI 20mm f3.5, MF AIS 35mm f2.8, MF AIS 85mm f2, MF AIS 200mm f4, AF 35-70 f2.8D.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HotDuckZ a Professional

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2007

Strengths:    Compact, Meter is working on a D40-D80, Good background (round hot-spot) it's only in Nikon normal lens.

Weaknesses:    Not a fast lens, a bit of expensive but fair.

Bottom Line:   
This lens was sharp, good color and nice bokeh. I use black version with D40X it's still metering, look very compact and smart. When I compare with my 50 f/1.4D (Japan) It's equa of sharp but 45 P gave a round hot-spot. I very loved it!!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Niks Thailand

Similar Products Used:   AF 28 f/1.4D, Ai-s 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.8 Series E, Ai-s 50 f/1.8, Ai-s 50 f/1.4, AF 50 f/1.4D (Japan), Ai-s 55 f/2.8 micro, AF 60 micro D and non-D version. Carl Zeiss Tessar T* 45 f/2.8, a lot of normal zoom.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by john quill a Professional

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007

Strengths:    small, compact, sharp as hell!

Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
Great sharp lens,... really great if you don't want to be noticed.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   henrys

Similar Products Used:   nikkor 50m 1.2

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by normy a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2005

Strengths:    Good at 2.8, very good thereafter, but it does lose a bit at 22, if you ever go there.
Smooth and charming bokeh, compared to most Nikkors.
Excellent contrast - especially great for black & white use.
Small and light - great combination with an FM-style body.
Very smooth and short focus throw for nimble hand-holding.
Almost impossible to flare and great contrast - Nikon must have put some excellent coating on this glass.
Intelligent lens hood design.
Built to last.
Equipped to communicate with all the clever stuff in modern Nikon bodies.

Weaknesses:    After 3 or 4 years of very frequent use, the focusing ring on mine has losened up just a little.

Bottom Line:   
Most Nikkors have pretty ugly out of focus rendering, not this one. Very good optics and high quality mechanics. Small light and robust. A different and preferable look to its images compared to other Nikkor primes.

Others have complained it's a bit fiddly to handle, but after some time with it I find it very quick and easy to use. Learning its ways pays off.

If you think it's too slow at f/2.8 you bought the wrong lens. This is a lovely compliment to, but not a replacement for, a fast 50mm, if you like very low light photography.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Various Nikkor 50mms

Type of photography:   Other

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