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Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D 35mm Primes

4.95 star rating
                      4.95 / 5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $919.00
Focal Length : 105mm | Max. Aperture : f/2  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length105mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance36 in
    Picture Angle23 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Groups / Elements6 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter3.1 in
    Length4.4 in
    Weight21.9 oz
    Product ID20826268

Product Description

Nikon defocus control offers new creative possibilities for shallow depth-of-field portrait photography. Photographers can fine-tune the foreground or background image area, creating unique blurred effects. Auto-focus option.

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

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2010

Strengths:    - Fast lens @ f/2
- Defocus Control is great for creative portrature
- solid construction
- sharp, sharp, sharp
- Compatibility with new and older bodies.

Weaknesses:    - Cost

Bottom Line:   
I should not be let loose in a camera store. I had been looking at this lens for a couple months now, before having a chance to pick it up at a decent price (they're close to 1,500 here in Canada) and visiting B&H in NYC a nice Grey Market one came up for under a grand so I had to pick it up.

The first time I slapped this beauty onto my D300 (that very day) I used my friends Meg and Steve as my more than willing test subjects, we are all very impressed at the results that came off with the lens. This sucker is sharp, at any aperture, and even wide open produces a wonderful bokeh. It's big, but just the right size, it really lets the photographer know that it's on his camera, and on a crop sensor body, gives a wonderful reach.

If you shoot portraits, both outdoor and in studio this is the lens for you, good reach for head shots, but allows for wonderful outdoor and fuller body shots when you have the space. Also allows for great street photography, and detail shots for architecture.

Although I haven't played much with the defocus controls, they do give a neat creative touch to images where you want to still have a sharp look with a small aperture, but blur out certain aspects of the image.

Another great aspect of the lens is that it works with almost every Nikon body out there, I use it on my D300, F4 and F3, even on a manual body the focus control is just the right amount of resistance for good control and fine focusing. A little slow on the AF (we do get used to AF-S lenses) but still works in a decent manner.

This really isn't a lens for a event photographer, stick to your AF-S zooms for that. But the really big hindrance for this lens is the cost, at close to a grand, it does put it out of most people's budget range, but if you can find it...and you shoot portrait work get it.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $980.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   AF Nikkor 85mm 1:1.8D
AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Intermediate from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2003

Strengths:    Well built, very sharp, built in hood.

Weaknesses:    price (if purchased new).

Bottom Line:   
All the good you hear about this lens is true. It is built like a tank and outstandingly sharp. It can be pricey, but it is well worth it. Defocus Control is fun, but I don't think most users will use it much. I have owned the legendary MF 105mm f2.5 and the MF 105mm f1.8 in the past and this AF lens is much better.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $660.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   MF 105mm f2.5, MF 105mm f1.8, MF 100 f2.8 Series E.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Somsak a Intermediate from Bangkok, Thailand

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2002

Strengths:    Easy control and good for both autofocus and manual focus. I use it both on my F3 and F4.

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
Nice design, good handling, easy to control, solid, fast lens.
This lens has characteristic of its own. So it works as it is and gives the result of uncomparable to others. The DC control is something that cannot find in other lens. We can blur the backgroud just an inch behind the focus point. I took one a photo with just face in the frame and print out at 20 x 24 inches. Almost could not see the grain from Kodak MAX 400. What else I can ask for? I really enjoy this lens thought it is very expensive. But after seeing the result, I forgot about the price I paid now.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $604.00

Purchased At:   Web Thaisecondhand.c

Similar Products Used:   80-200 F4.5

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Quang Tran a Intermediate from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2002

Strengths:    Sharp images with excellent colour. Wide f/2 aperture compliments light weight, and hand holdability for low light photography. Pretty fast focussing as well, although not as quiet or quick as AFS. Defocus control is very handy to have at the twist of you wrist. Also I've never encountered any flare or ghosting with this lens.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Light, sharp, and expensive. Given that for the same price you can get a AF 80-200mm 2.8D. Having said that, I bought this lens for it's smaller size, weight and wider aperture. An 80-200 is too difficult to hand-hold in low light.
Mounted on an F-80, it is balanced and easily hand-held at slower shutter speeds that would require a tripod for my big and heavy afs 28-70mm. Very well suited for available light photography, especially roaming around wedding
ceremonies with ISO 800 hand held. Has defocus ring for softening tightly cropped portraits which is very handy because hardly anyone has baby smooth skin. Turn the ring left or right and you can blur the image in front of or behind your subject. This lens is sharp and picks up the details of facial skin without the defocus dialled in.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kronik23 a Expert from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

Strengths:    Build quality is first rate for Nikon. Autofocus is fast, and background blur is smooth. Built in hood is very handy.

Weaknesses:    Fairly soft compared to my AF 85mm f/1.4D and just a tad behind the older AIS lenses in sharpness and contrast, but with better bokeh (background blur). Fairly large, but similar in size to my AF 85/1.4D with the hood attached. The DC control is quite interesting, but doesn't give smooth bokeh, instead it creates sperical abberations, splitting up out of focus areas and making backgrounds seem harsher. This may be a strength to others, especially if they like to create special effects in backgrounds, which may work well with lights at night.

Bottom Line:   
After reading so many glowing reviews on this lens, I have to say that I am dissapointed to say the least. This lens, incomparison to my AF 85mm f/1.4D lens is much softer from f/2 to f/5.6, with significantly lower contrast (which some may like fo portraits). Compared to the AIS 105/1.8, this lens is a bit sharper wide open, but comparing my shots similar to my AIS 105/2.5 shots, this lens comes in last place. I am now back to my old AF 85mm f/1.4D- why I ever sold that lens in the first place is still a mystery to me.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Private Seller

Similar Products Used:   Nikon AIS 105/1.8, 105/2.5, 85/1.4

Nikon AF 85/1.4D

Leica APO Summicron 90/2 Asph

Type of photography:   People

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