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Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D 35mm Primes

4.58 star rating
                      4.58 / 5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $990.00


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length105mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountNikon
    Closest Focusing Distance12 in
    Picture Angle23 - 23 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diameter2.6 in
    Length3.3 in
    Weight19.52 oz
    MPN1988
    Product ID20723728

Product Description

This lens adds extra free working distance for multiple lighting techniques. The lens' 105mm focal length makes it suitable for portrait composition, while close-focusing enables detail work. Close-Range Correction System. Focuses from infinity to 12 inches (1:1 reproduction ratio). A-M (Automatic-Manual) switch. Accepts 52mm filters; HS-7 lens hood.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by roblowephoto a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2011

Strengths:    Bokeh at 2.8-3.5mm, sharp, great colours, very useable focal length. Versatile.

Weaknesses:    A tad pricey, secondhand BUT...value = what it's worth. To me, it's worth it and then some. Every bag should have one of these lenses,

Bottom Line:   
A little pricey considering it's second hand status but since owned, never off my camera, which surprised me. Very useful lens distance, sharp, great colour rendition and bokeh at larger apertures and, though heavy, I absolutely do not regret purchasing. Superb lens.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   eB*y

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 50mm f1.8D & 18-200mm VR. D200 & D300.

Type of photography:   People


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

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2004

Strengths:    Light weight. No flare so far with the aux lens shade in place.Very close focus for head shots and body parts and bridal dress details.

Weaknesses:    You don't want to shoot this at F2.8 unless there is no other way.

Bottom Line:   
Very hand holdable and usable focal length for people. I chase my family around the house with this on my D70. Works well on film cameras too.F2.8 is great and keeps the barrel circumference down which I like.Macros are no problem at all.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   I have the non auto focus version of this lens which seems slightly sharper than this one.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jwenrich a Intermediate from United States

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2003

Strengths:    105mm!
Multi-purpose
Good quality


Weaknesses:    Weaker AF at close distance in low light
Milky effect through eye piece when photographing agains bright sky.
Plastic body


Bottom Line:   
I have only had this lens for a little while, but I am quite satisfied thus far. It is a very nice lens, good quality, but not the best as far as I see. It really is a mult-purpose lens, in that it can be used for macro, portrait and landscape, though it is best for macro. The 1:1 ratio is very nice and I like the ablitily to be farther away than when using a lens of a smaller focal length. One thing that I confirmed that I read in another review is a hazey/milky affect when photographing against a bright sky with my F100. Not sure why this is, but it doesn't show on the images. Another problem is the lens has a hard time focusing in low light, more so with closer object than those that are further away. Go figure, you probably want to us Manual Focus when doing macro work anyway. I know that metal is not always better than plastic, but I sure do like the feel and am a bit disappointed, especially taking into account the expense of the lens.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D and 50mm f/1.8D
Tamron and Canon lenses


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary A a Expert from Iowa

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2003

Strengths:    Unbelievably sharp
auto-manual switch
limit switch


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The Nikkor 105 f/2.8 D micro is with out
a doubt, the sharpest lense I have ever
used. I have used it for macro, portraits, landscapes, and action. It has
performed flawlessly in every area. Out of the 6 Nikkors I own, this one is by far my favorite.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $560.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by timothyo a Intermediate from Millpark

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002

Strengths:    Sharpness, quiet AF, build quality.

Weaknesses:    AF is not as quick as it could be. (but still not too bad)

Bottom Line:   
What can I say, there are no real downsides to this lens.

It's very sharp, even wide open, its AF is fast enough for general purpose work, and its quiet too.

The extra reach you get from the 60 is great, although I would say that I think the 60 is slightly sharper, having used both.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   60 mm Nikkor 2.8D

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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