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Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Image Control.

Rear focusing for fast AF operation.

Photographer can control the degree of spherical aberration in background or foreground elements for more creative control.

AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D 4.6 5 14 14
Great Portrait Lens Works great on my D3 for outstanding portraits. The lens has awesome bokeh and is tack-sharp. The only complaint is the flimsy built-in hood - it often gets stuck when returning it to its "closed" position. September 30, 2010
this lens is the real deal This lens is everything i expected and more thank you. July 31, 2010
I needed a macro lens. This can replace all my len This is the best all around lens I have ever used. I have been doing commercial photography for over fifty years with many cameras and lenses. I bought my first Nikon camera for close auto focus. July 31, 2010
My number 1 lens The 105 mm Nikkor lens is and has always been the greatest lens made. Going back to the 1950's with the Nikon Sp the 105 is a staple in the camera bag. July 30, 2010
A lengend for portraits This lens is a legend for portrait photographers. Despite it's age it is the best 105 mm lens i have ever used. Even at f/2 the sharpness and contrast is already stunning. The bokeh is as soft as a dream and produces wonderful and beauiful backgrouds for portraits while providing high detail and focus on the main subject. The AF is surprisingly quiet on my D3 and has no problems locking. The compact weight/size makes it easy to handle, the built in lens hood come in handy. This lens has become one my favorites for all my portrait work. The DC features allows you to shift the out of focus effect more towards the front of the back of the main subject, but given the already beautiful rendering of the backgrounds i hardly every use this feature. July 30, 2010
Not just for portraits Great lens! Razor sharp, maybe the best choice for portraits, but it's also outstanding in low light reportages and quick enough to freeze sport actions: I tried it, with excellent results, in weddings and even in night baseball matches in poorly lightned stadiums. July 30, 2010
Wonderful lens I used this lens during a wedding in Las Vegas. I totally loved it. The shallow depth of field that it produces at f/2 makes for a very distinct look I just can't get with my 70-200 f2.8 lens. It was also very light and portable. The fast aperture came in handy at night and the DC feature was a lot of fun to use. Sadly I had to part ways with it at the end of the trip. I am hoping nikon will make a version with AF-S and VR since those were the only two things I wished this lens had. July 30, 2010
PORTRAIT LENS This is a good lens if used within its limitations. It's not sharp below f/4 and the best wall to wall results are at f/5.6 or smaller. The soft focus ability, eliminates most of the need, (unless in low lighting), to shoot more wide open than f/4. For example, if I want more bokeh I'll open the (R) aperature to f/2 and shoot at f/5.6. Or if there's enough light, I can even shoot it in Program and select f/2 for the background. I bench tested this lens when I got to learn the limitations, which are stated above. It makes for a good portrait lens under most conditions. Keep the shutter at least one stop over LCF focal length and you'll be okay with this lens. The 180mm is better all around; but if you need a little less lens, this comes in handy. April 15, 2011
better spent on diffnt lens Nikon's sturdy composite build is great when you need a rugged field lens, but this 105 doesn't have many field applications. The weight and sluggish focus control negates the outstanding bokeh control. It's a soft lens on the open side, which again negates the extra price one would pay for f/2 control. It's a good lens in controlled conditions, but if that's how you shoot, you could get so much more for your money with something else. The back focus is the only selling point, and for me it turned out to be nothing more than a novelty spec (I'd rather just achieve a soft background the old fashioned way). The glass has difficulty in low light, and in some settings, renders the camera useless (because without focus the shutter won't release). The focus mechanism is way too loud...so if you're using this with a DSLR in movie mode, well, don't. Look at the 85 f/1.4 as a possible alternative (amazing lens). November 26, 2011
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is this lens compaitble with the d600?

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attached the lens to the camera and got an fee message. I see the ee servo coupling post on the diagram of the lens but don't see anything for it to connect to on the camera.
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I don't know what exactly you want, but I have a D600 and I have this lens and it works fantastic!
With a D lens on a Nikon DSLR the aperture ring must be set and locked to the minimum aperture and aperture settings are done with the camera. You can still use the defocus control ring on the camera working the the aperture you have set with the camera. Is there something I am missing in your question?
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Set the aperture ring on the lens to f /16 and set aperture with the camera.
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would this 105mm dc fully compatible with D7000?

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I want to purchase this 105mm DC, however, i would like to know whther it would be compatible with my D7000. thanks
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It is, but I'm returning it. It's a sluggish lens that in my opinion performs poorly below f/4. Maybe consider the the 85mm f/1.4.
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It should be fully compatible with D7000. But one small warning, because of the 1.5 Crop factor on the D7000, you working focal length will be 157.5mm . Make sure you are comfortable to work with this focal length before you get it. (Having focal length trouble with this lens on a crop body myself)
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AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D; Can the lens transmit wavelength ranging from 200 nm-1000nm

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Is this compatible with the d90 dx

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I do product photography and sports photography - will this work for both on my d90?
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Yes.
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is this lens compatible with a nikon D3100

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It is, except that it will NOT auto-focus on a D3100.
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Question On Compatibilty of newTeleconvert work properly on This Lens Nikkor 105 f 2 DC AF with either D300 or DX2?

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I wonder if a the camera D300 or DX2 the lens Nikkor 105 f2 DC AF and teleconverter TC20 E III will work well together ? Good results ?

Pls advise asap
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Teleconverters cannot be used with this lens.
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How to get the hood off?

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This is a fantastic lens, no question. But at times it is literally impossible to unscrew the hood (so as to attach a filter, for instance). I fear that if I twist, pull or push any harder I'm going to break something. What's the best way to tighten and remove the hood?
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Hood is not removeable rotate hood clockwise and push and it retracts onto lens barrel. To extend pull and rotate lens clockwise.
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105DC focus not sharp?

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i bought this 105DC lens a year ago. since then i bought 2 other lens 70-200VR ii and 16-35 f/4 also upgraded the body to D4, then 70-200 became my main lens replacing my 105DC because of its sharpness. i came back to 105DC recently for fun and only realized that all this time, the 105DC focus (manual/auto) was not in anyway sharp as my other two new lenses. is 105DC inferior in focusing? note: i tested on DC ring to 0 and all other F/R 2-5.6' result were the same, no precise focus that i got. is my particular lens defected? should i send it in for repair? any suggestion?
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I would send it in for calibration.
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can this lens be used on a D5100

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Yes but will be manual focus only.
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Is the AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D compatible with the D40?

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Manual focus only,lens does not have focus motor and neither does camera
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