Summary: I had sold mine some time ago and replaced it with modern zooms (like the 70-200mm f/4). But I came to miss the great rendering for portraits. The Nikon DC lenses have the best skin tones of any Nikon lenses (if you ask me), and beautiful bokeh, too. Recently I got the new Nikon DF, and decided to buy the 105mm f/2 lens again. And indeed it is a perfect match for this camera.
Summary: For others who have been in my situation before, this review is for you! Obviously I was looking for a great balance of bokeh, sharpness, contrast and color renditioning in a lens, which i'm sure you are as well. I researched for months and compared 4 lenses extensively and finally decided to go with this lens and it's the greatest decision i've ever made in my photographer life.
Summary: Everything other people have already said about this lens is absolutely true - very sharp, stunning bokeh, and well worth the investment. A couple of things I learned while doing research that may help you: 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.
Summary: I tried two different copies of this lens (actually 3 because the 1st replacement Amazon shipped out was a used lens) and found it front focuses on my D3 at both 2.0 and 2.8. I tried to adjust focus in camera but even the maximum adjustment would not correct this. I experimented with focusing on a angled ruler and found that the focus was quite accurate however, in portrait applications even with a tripod and completely still subject, all of these lenses had a strong...
Summary: This is the only Nikkor lens I have used that reminds me of the Leica glass I used to use. The results are unique. No it is not the "sharpest" lens made and the DC feature is somewhat obsolete with the advent of Photoslop, but pictures delineated with this tool at f2.0 are unlike any other.
Summary: I use this lens on a D7000, giving a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 150mm. Makes it ideal for headshot portraits. I also use it in-studio for product photography. The lens is razor sharp and renders colors and contrast perfectly. People talk about this lens having a learning curve. I don't see it. There's nothing particularly tricky about using it. The defocus control stuff can be ignored if you like, leaving you with the best 105mm lens in Nikon's line.
Summary: Mine is unusable at f2 due to lack of resolution. f2.8 is considerably better, then by f4 it becomes incredible. Sharp and incredibly beautiful bokeh, like all the other reviews rave about. Still, such an expensive lens should be usable wide open.
Summary: There are lenses that claim to make ice cream out of the background; but at the top of that heap, sits this lens. This is the definitive cream machine. Like most photographers; almost ever lens has been in my bag at one time or another; but with the advent of Photoshop and the drastic freedom of photo editing how a lens is viewed needs to change as well.