Summary: This back in the day Pro feels at home shooting with this classic portrait lens. OMG no comparison to todays lenses. Anyone serious about portrait work or cinema needs this glass. whether nikon body or canon w/adaptor. My next buy will be a classic glass 50mm 1.4 or wider. The image quality cant be described except sharper and snappier. this lens is your fathers "bokeh" employed by the masters. If you cant manual focus and meter, your not a photographer.
Summary: I was shooting with a Nikon F3 when I bought my lens and it produced flawless images on film. Now I shoot with full frame Nikon DSLR's, and the lens performance is even better. My only complaint is I wish my DSLR had a split image focusing screen. It's a little soft in the corners at f2.5-4 which is perfect for portraits and once the lens is stopped down to f5.6-8 it is crisp corner to corner. My lens is very flair resistant.
Pros: Performance, optically and mechanically. Price (2014). Can be easily adapted for use on other brand DSLR's.
Summary: I've used on a few trips to our local zoo, and also at a wedding a few weeks ago with my Nikon D610. For around a $100, this lens is a steal. It's small, compact, unassuming, and the image quality is stellar. It's contrasty, sharp than I expected, beautiful color. It renders the bokeh with beautiful character. The manual focus ring is smooth and accurate - dare I say I can manually focus this thing faster than my 85mm f/1.4G with autofocus.
This along with my other Nikon lens purchase have made me a very happy man.
11 February 2014
Summary: I must say that this is a vintage Nikon lens. I have to admit that the ease of handling is superb, and it allows you to take a shot at a reasonable distance. The photography community never recognize the distance capability of a lens , but with these older Nikon lens the markings in feet for that matter in meter is pretty accurate. or example if you subject is 25 feet the feet markings on the lens are right on or very close.
I love this lens,therefore I was always looking fowerd to own one.
11 November 2013
Summary: The Nikon 105mm f. 2.5 AIS lens has over more than twenty years gained the undisputable admiradion of portrait photographers the world over for delivering outstanding image definition,contrast and resolution;therefore it's no wonder that these lenses are so much in demand even today.
Amazing portrait & an excellent+ short telephoto BEST Japanese Quality lens
9 July 2013
Summary: Amazing portrait and an excellent+++ short telephoto BEST Japanese Quality lens. When used on a crop factor sensor DSLR, you get a macro and a powerful telephoto lens! When used on the Micro 4/3 system, you literally get a Macro lens of an impressive magnification ratio! NEVER go for plastic mass production rubbish!!
All of the image quality of a Carl Zeiss Sonnar with a low entry fee
16 June 2013
Summary: When it comes to portrait lenses, there are very few that match or surpass the Nikkor 105 f2.5, and all of them cost much much more. I have the early NKK 1963 Silvernose copy, purchased right here on eBay. It utilizes a Carl Zeiss Sonnar design which makes for a swirly background rendering while maintaining a razor sharp focus plane. Abberations are minimal if any, and are in the yellow and blue spectrum and can be corrected in Photoshop rather easily.