Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor

Last updated (21 May’12):
- Review by Photozone

The Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor features 150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2. The lens construction has 6 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 23.5 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.9 m/3 ft and has a filter size of 72mm. The Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor lens weighs 21.9 ounces and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor Reviews

Photozone reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor and writes;
“The DC-Nikkor AF 105mm f/2 D is a very high quality, versatile tele lens. The resolution figures are excellent when using the Nikkor as a conventional lens. The Defocus Control (DC) feature gives you superior control over background and foreground blur – some portrait and still-life photographers will certainly desire such a detailed controlled over the bokeh (the out-of-focus blur) although it requires quite a bit of experience to master it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor User Reviews

Fast, sharp, tough | Rating: ★★★★★
“The DC 9(distortion control) is a bit tricky. I’ve not used it much, the bokeh is creamy enough without it. It’s a beautiful lens. I wish I could say more about it, you know, make an educated comparison between it and the 85 1.4, or the legendary 105 2.5, but I can’t. I know that it handles like a cadillac and I look for opportunities to use it. (I shoot theater with it. I use its fast 2.0 aperature to selectively focus on one person at a time.” – by James Krall

Absolutely breathtaking | Rating: ★★★★★
“A sharp prime lens, Fast at f/2, sharp even in the corners, Fast AF (faster than 85mm f/1.4) and nearly as fast as my AF-S lenses, Defocus capability – it does work but need some playing with, Solid Nikkor construction/metal body with rubber rings – there’s no mistaken it’s a high-end Nikon lens. “ – by Shawn Chen

More lens than most people can handle | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an absolutely amazing lens. It takes unbelievable pictures with sharpness and bokeh that will knock your socks off; optically, it’s probably one of the best three Nikon lenses available. The bokeh isn’t just creamy – it looks like an oil painting. Virtually every picture properly shot reminds me of the paint scenes from “What Dreams May Come” with Robin Williams – it’s that amazing.” – by J. Thompson

Why isn’t this lens in more bags? | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is easily the best portrait lens in production today. It is also the sharpest lens I have ever used. I currently own the 17-35mm, a 70-200mm VR, and other sharp prime glass but this one is hands-down THE best. The DC control is not difficult at all to use.” – by Orlando Gonzalez

one of the most amazing lenses I have owned | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is already very sharp even wide open and from 2.8 on it is simply brilliant. The vignetting even at f/2 is less than other lenses in that range. The AF is quick and if used with a a D3 or D700 or D300 or newer camera it is also very quiet. The magic of this lens is the wonderful bokeh (quality of the out of focus areas). The overall built quality of the lens is excellent and solid. Manual focus is smooth. The built in lens hood is useful and locks in. “ – by David Hofmann

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Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 105mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor Specifications

This prime lens has defocus control which 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. Built-in lens hood.

Key Features
* Fast, medium telephoto lens featuring Defocus-image Control
* Rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
* RF (Rear Focusing) system for fast and smooth optical performance
* Large maximum aperture allows shooting in dim light

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