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Nikon AF FX DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D Telephoto Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Lens not zoomable
- Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Control
- Change the appearance of out of focus elements so that they appear softer or coarser
- Rear focusing for fast AF operation
- Fast, medium telephoto lens featuring Defocus-image Control
- Rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||built-in|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.6 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1.41 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.90 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||6|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon (DX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera||Ultrasonic||automatic_only, manual_only|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 4.37 x 3.11 in||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in||3.27 x 4.57 x 3.27 in||3.11 x 4.72 x 3.11 in||3.43 x 3.31 x 3.43 in||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.74 in|
|Item Weight||1.41 lbs||0.77 lb||1.74 lbs||1.8 lbs||1.31 lbs||—|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||macro|
|Maximum Aperture||2||1.8||2.8||2||1.4||32 in|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||105 millimeters||135 millimeters||85 millimeters||100|
|Minimum Aperture||16||16||32||16||16||2.8 in|
|Minimum Focal Length||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||105 millimeters||135 millimeters||85 millimeters||100|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||67 millimeters||62 millimeters||72 millimeters||77 millimeters||55 millimeters|
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.
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-Smooth color and transition which are perfect for skin tones.
-Great bokeh (nice blend of colors). DC control is handy when needed.
-Sharp prime lens. Amazing 3D like images.
-Fast and accurate auto focus on F100, similar to my 20/2.8 and 50/1.8 in terms of focusing speed.
-Easy to use built-in lens hood. Front glass element is deeply recessed.
-Right size and weight, not too heavy to lug around all day.
-Smooth manual focus ring.
-Well built and nice finish for a life time.
Since it does not have VR the lens demands right shutter speeds when handheld. I plan to move to full frame digital to extend the usage in low light. Auto focusing is not af-s but very responsive for shooting on fast moving subjects.
It has instantly become my favorite and I haven't removed it from camera since. The 105mm focus length allows it to be used also as a general purpose walk around lens. It is a fixed lens so moving back and forth is required. On the plus side, this may helps the composition. I am happy with this Amazon purchase and highly recommended.
Just keep your defcus number smaller than your aperture.
Lensmart did a great job of delivering the lens to me. therir service is excellent.
This lens will work on a DX format camera, but if autofocus is important to you, double check your camera body to be sure it has a focusing motor, as this lens doesn't have one built in. I use it on a d90 and autofocus works great, but it will not autofocus on a d40 or d60. Since your depth of field is generally going to be shallow anyway, I find the best results come with manually focusing anyway.
On the subject of autofocus - some older versions of this lens were reported to focus more towards the front when using autofocus. Some camera bodies can adjust for this. Mine didn't have this problem, but if you buy used and notice troubles like this, try looking up your serial number to see if it's an issue for yours and see if your camera body can compensate.
DC - this is a setting designed to allow you to tweak the way your bokeh renders. According to Nikon, it allows you to control the shape of the bokeh (subtly) so you can make a more pleasing photo, but the actual effect is more like you're controlling how blurred your bokeh is (again, very subtly - I recommend looking at some comparison photos to get a better feel for it. You can leave it alone and have a fine lens. If you want to give it a try, just set the DC to the same number as your aperture - on the F side for front, on the B side for back, wherever your bokeh will be. Whenever you change the DC, you will need to refocus, so keep that in mind as you shoot.
Weight - it's on the heavy side, but if you're used to old style construction, it's not a problem. I started feeling the weight after about 2 hours of walking around with it. It's a touch heavier than my Tokina 11-16 f2.8, and about the same length, which I'd say is probably a bit longer than my outstretched hand. I think it looks and feels nice. If you don't have a steady hand, you'll probably want to increase your shutter speed.
I haven't found it especially hard to learn to use, but you really need to be comfortable with manually adjusting things - focus, exposure, shutter speed - to get the best out of this lens. Photography is a hobby for me, and I'm really enjoying this lens, but I also feel comfortable with swapping lenses as needed during a walk and using the camera in manual mode. I found myself taking a lot more care and time with each shot as I took this lens out for a test run - it really feels like a lens made for art, not for documentation or snapshots. In that sense, I could see it being tough for someone to use who just isn't in that mindset.
Overall - I can't say it's my favorite lens in my bag, that's reserved for my 11-16, but this gives it quite a run for its money. I have a feeling that if I move away from shooting mostly landscapes and nature to more portraits, I'll be changing my tune very quickly. Worth every penny!