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.
Summary: This legendary lens is as good as everyone says. And for those of you who have more time than money, yes, it'll work on a low-end D3100 like mine--in spite of what the lens compatibility charts say. Explained below. I use this lens for portraits, for indoor/low-light telephoto, like piano recitals and hockey games. And I just use it--I can't stop using it. Great bokeh; who know, this might be the best bokeh lens for under $200.
Fantastic, compact medium range lens with great bokeh!
5 April 2013
Summary: This lens is one of my favorite! It is compact, extremely well built and provides excellent image quality. The built-in hood is very slick and so there is no need to carry a extra hood around. The focus is silky smooth too! The bokeh is wonderful and the focal length on a DX body makes this lens with an equivalent focal length of about 155mm, which makes this a great compact, medium focal length lens.
Summary: Is there a 'bad' version of the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens? No. While its namesake is synonymous with portraiture, this lens is equally useful in the field when contrast, sharpness, and speed at this focal length are desired. Most Nikkor manual focus lenses exceed the optics of the new, AF lenses which is why we long-time Nikon users continue to use them with our digital SLR's. The prices of the used 105's will continue to rise especially those in EX/LN condition.