Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Last updated (11 September’12):
– Review by Photozone

The Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor features 105mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 23°20′ degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.34ft.(0.41m) and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor lens weighs 18.2 oz. (515g) and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Check Availability

Expert Reviews

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Reviews

Photozone reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“Optically it is a near-flawless lens with high resolution figures, low vignetting, low CAs and non-existent distortions. The mechanical quality is very high but it also feels a little dated here with its independent AF-MF switch. Typical for most macro lenses it also suffers from a relatively slow AF speed.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bayimages reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“I don’t think it gets any better than this. Even though this is an older and discontinued lens my version is sharp across the entire frame even wide open at f/2.8. The lack of AF-S and VR is a complete non-issue as I do not use these features in macro shooting. At f/2.8 the image is slightly soft in the extreme corner but otherwise the picture is very good. By f/5.6 even the corners are sharp. Figure 4 shows the same crops except at f/8 and f/11.”
rating: N/A reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“The 105 Micro can deliver incredibly sharp photos. This lens enables you to capture extremely fine detail, but make sure you use the right film for the job (I prefer a fairly slow slide film, Fuji Sensia II 100 or Fuji Provia 100F). I have not encountered problems with light fall-off or vignetting, but I should add that I hardly ever use this lens wide open.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“It has a tiny bit of axial secondary chromatic aberration. Hand held at far distances my 80-200 AFS is almost a little bit sharper. I attribute this to the heavy weight of the AFS which tends to attenuate my F100’s vibration. AF Speed is very fast for regular use: one full turn of the AF screw brings you from infinity to 10 feet, which is faster than any of the 70-210, 80-200, 75-300 or 70-300mm lenses.”
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User Opinions

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor User Reviews

Outstanding for macro fans, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Perfect for flowers and larger insects, this lens is also a flat field and so is excellent for copy work. It’s slightly long focal length also makes it a pretty good portrait lens. The best part is that it has that famous Nikon glass, so color saturation and sharpness is simply amazing. Use it with Fuji Velvia (ISO 50) with a diffused flash and you will never regret buying this lens. “ – by Joseph Lazzaro

Amazing lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 105 is super sharp and useful for way more than just macros, which of course it does flawlessly. The focal range is from mere inches to infinity, which means that the autofocus (on my N80, at least) sometimes takes a sec to work, so I usually manually focus it. In fact, for macro work without a tripod, it’s easier to focus by moving the camera closer or further from the subject.” – by A Customer

My sharpest lens!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This 105mm f/2.8 lens is the sharpest in my arsenal. I took an absolutely amazing closeup of water droplets with my N8008s on a strand of wild grass where the droplets acted like a convex lens. You could actually see the inverted image in the small droplets. I’ve now made the transition to a D70 and the lens works great there too. With the 1.5X magnification for the APS size sensor, it extends the working distance and gives greater than 1:1 magnification. The images still look great at 6.1 megapixels.” – by Amazon addict

Among the best macro lenses in its focal length, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I relied on the manual focusing version of this lens – which didn’t have a 1:1 reproduction ratio – for photographing small invertebrate fossils years ago. I was impressed by the superb contrast and resolution, which has only been bettered by the Zeiss lens I own currently. I have no doubt that this autofocusing version of the 105mm Micro Nikkor is a superb performer in its own right. “ – by John Kwok

A legend, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This was a new design from the older MF version, optically designed to produce a flat field and focus to 1:1 without extension tubes or other lens attachments. Superior to the well thought of 60mm Micro by allowing a longer working distance (approx 6 inches at 1:1) Mechanically well built of metal – hence marking it as one of Nikon’s “pro” lenses – this is a hefty package,weighing in at almost the same as most of the mid range zooms currently being produced. Optically it is superb. “ – by J. Bert

Truly wonderful Micro lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a very well designed performer in the Micro photography world within the Nikon family. This is definitely one of my favorite lenses to photograph nature with, as you can see from my sample shots on this page. The build quality is nice. The lens is light. The images it produces are clean and sharp. “ – by S. A Adcock

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Features & Specs

Main Features

* Close-up to approx. 0.31m/1 ft.
* Close-Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances
* Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance
* 136mm working distance


Lens construction:
9 elements in 8 groups

Picture angle:
23°20′ [15°20′ with Nikon digital cameras (Nikon DX format)]

Number of diaphragm blades:

Minimum f/stop:

Closest focusing distance:

Maximum reproduction ratio:

Macro focusing:

Focus-limit switch:

M/A mode:

Focus lock button:

Weight (approx.)::

Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera’s lens mounting flange):
75×104.5 mm

Lens cap:

Lens hood:
HS-7 (optional)

Lens case:
CL-15S (optional)

Tripod collar:

External front filter attachment frame:
Does not rotate

External front filter:

Slip-on filter:

Built-in/rear filter:

Circular polarizing filter:

Circular polarizing filter II:
Usable, even with dedicated Lens Hood HS-7

2 Responses to “Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor”

  1. GCF says:

    The photo you have seems to be for a different lens. The end of the AF D2.8 should be smaller than the body, with a 52mm view port.

  2. Dave Smith says:

    Absolutely correct. Picture is of the AF Micro AI-S 105mm, not the AF-D.

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