Nikon AF DC NIKKOR 105mm f/2D

Nikon AF DC NIKKOR 105mm f/2D

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon
Also Known As: Nikon 105mm f/2D DC
Lens Type: Prime Lens
Format: Full Frame / FX
Focus: Autofocus
Lens Mount: Nikon F
Release Date: 09/01/1993
MSRP Price: $1049 (Check Current Price)
Made in: Japan
Infrared Rating: Good
Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: This fast, classic portrait lens featuring Defocus Image Control allows for control over the degree of focus in the foreground or background of an image.

Nikon AF DC NIKKOR 105mm f/2D Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length105mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.13x
Vibration Reduction / Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)15°20'
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)N/A
Maximum Angle of View (Full Frame format)23°20'
Minimum Angle of View (Full Frame format)N/A
Optical Information
Lens Elements6
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades9
Nano CoatingNo
Super Integrated / Super Spectra CoatingYes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Silent Wave / Ultrasonic MotorNo
Internal FocusingNo
Rear FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance3.0 ft. (0.9m)
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size72mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarNo
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.1x4.4 in. (Diameter x Length), 79x111mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 22.6 oz. (640g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied Accessories72mm lens cap Rear lens cap

Lens Construction

AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f2D Construction

MTF Chart

AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f2D MTF Curve

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  • Geert Van de Wiele

    I bought this lens a few years ago second hand. The condition was pristine, but the user had spent some years with it in the tropics and there it had developped mild fungus. I decided to take the risk since the user was honest about this and had lowered the price to about 1/3 of a new one.

    I disassembled the lens partly and gave the glass a treatment with a hydrogen peroxide/ammonia mixture followed by a long bath of short-wave UV-light. I have had no problems with fungus ever since although some very minor etching of the glass stays visible even after the treatment, though you need to look really, really well to see it. There is absolutely no effect on the image quality btw.

    Since then i find this the first lens i pick up when i want to shoot a portrait. It’s so sharp it’s almost scary. The fixed focal length is no problem since you buy this for portraits mainly. I have done some playing with the defocus control but find the effect hard to see. Personally i think it is mostly a marketing gimmick. However, the sharpness of this lens is legendary and without discussion.

  • Marco

    Perhaps, the Nikon 105 DC is the best 105 mm ever made by Nikon. It is also sharper than the new Nikon 105 micro AFS. The new Zeiss 100 Makro-Planar ZF.2 is a little bit sharper than the Nikon 105 DC, but only at f/2 and f/2,8. Furthermore, apart from its excellent sharpness, the Nikon 105 DC is fantastic for portrait.