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Nikkor 105mm F2.5

Nikkor 105mm F2.5

An excellent manual focus short-tele lens.

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Lens Category: Short Tele
In Production: No
Format: FX (Full-Frame)
Optical Construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Min. Focusing Distance (cm): 100
Reproduction Ratio: 1:7.7
Coating Type: Nikon Integrated
Max. Aperture: F2.5
Min. Aperture: F22
Number of Aperture Blades: 7
Rounded Aperture Blades: No
Aperture Ring: Yes
Focus Type: Manual Focus
Internal Focusing: No
Distance Scale: Yes
Macro: No
Stabilization: No
Weather Sealing: No
Tripod Collar: No
Other Features: Built-in Hood
Filter Size (mm): 52
Max. Barrel Diameter (mm): 64
Collapsed Length (mm): 78
Weight (g): 435
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5 Reviews

This lens is a true classic in all it's versions. It is a bit soft wide open, but sharpens up already at f/2.8. The softness gives a dreamy quality to wide open portraits. Nikon somehow managed to keep the way the 105/2.5 Sonnar drew, but the redesign made it sharp in the corners too in this Gauss design.

The AIS lens with the built-in hood is a bit more difficult to focus precisely than the P black, P.C, K and AI versions because the focus throw is reduced to 140° from 1 m to infinity instead of the earlier 170° throw. It is still not hard to focus, just not quite as easy.

I have had all versions of the 105/2.5 and by far my favourite is the AI. It has the same multicoating as the AIS, but the HS-8 hood is deeper and the longer focus throw is easier to use.

The throw was shortened on most AIS lenses to make them faster to use for PJ work, but I feel the 105/1.8 is a much better PJ lens anyway.