Nikon AF NIKKOR AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF

Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2002-02-03

MSRP Price: $188

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: Provides maximum 1:2 reproduction ratio from 50-105mmrn. Hybrid-type aspherical lens element for minimized distortionrnI-F (Internal Focusing) technology for fast AF operationrn. Nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

Nikon AF NIKKOR AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length28-105mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)Full Frame / APS-C
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3.75x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:2
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)74°-23
Optical Information
Lens Elements16
Lens Groups12
Diaphragm Blades9
Aspherical Elements1
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.5m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF Lens Construction

MTF Chart

Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF MTF Tele Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF MTF Wide


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Dylan P.

The first one of these I had was noticably soft on the right side. The second, a gift from a friend, is excelent. There are a masive sample variations on this lens: if you can find a good one, you’re set.

Dave S

It really depends on getting a good copy. Nikon created a “swiss army knife” lens with a complex design in a product created to be a mid-level kit lens. I have read reviews saying everything from “It’s fantastic, and better than the 24-120 F/4” to “It’s very unimpressive.” Well, they’re all correct. In my experience, the sample variation is quite significant.

It took me three tries, but I finally got an excellent copy. WOW. From F/5.6 to F/11, it is nearly as sharp as my 50MM 1.8D. Great color rendition, too. Excellent performance at all focal lengths (for a zoom) in a one pound package. So if you’re willing to buy three or four of these from places that accept returns (and potentially pay return shipping on all but one), you can get an absolutely terrific, lightweight lens for well under $150. If you don’t want to put the time and effort into finding a good copy, I’d recommend passing on this lens.

Franco Sisto

Just got one in mint conditions for about $70, and must say, i have been really impressed by it, considering that is an old lens, Decently fast AF, Even in low light, sharp, sharp, great Nikon color rendering and contrast, Small size, Useful focal range, “Macro” Function, what else you can ask for such a price? Yes, its not a f/2.8, but, come on…. Together with her smaller sister (which this one replaced) the 28-70 f/3.5-4.5D (Also 9 blades diaphragm), are 2 little gems that you can get for very cheap price but perform as goog as much more expansive lenses.


Same here. Bought it for 70 € with Shipping, incl. original Nikon Box, Caps, even warranty card, plus the (optional) HB-18 Lens Hood, all into excellent condition, like new. For that price, it was a steal.

Stephen Weir

I have a 24-70 F2.8 and various professional lenses. I bought this off an Indian psychiatrist in absolute mint condition for AUD$150 to go with my 60mm D macro. I guess it’s an emotional attachment to the D series lenses. I like the manual aperture ring and so on – and in this case the manual macro switch. When I tested it, I found the results pretty unimpressive; I then calibrated it carefully using a Spyder lens cal and found it to be about -9 on my D800e and the same on my D750.
I was astounded at the difference calibration made. I’ve owned the 24-85 VR but didn’t really like the plastic build and thought the image quality was average. Of course the 28-105 isn’t stablized, nonetheless I think it’s a precision piece of optical equipment. If used thoughtfully, focused properly and without unrealistic expectations it’s a surprisingly good lens for a very low price. Highly recommended if you get a good one and make sure it’s calibrated accurately.

Here is a shot on my D800e…080726302/

Sample Images taken with the lens…299723546/…106665861/


I´m using this lens in my new nikon d610 and i found that in the macro function it has sharp focus just in the central part of the photography, the rest is out-of-focus. Can you help me. I want to know if it´s normal.


I have had this lens since it was introduced and i find it to be on my camera most of the time. I would say it is a great “Walk around lens” as it is compact and really good performer. Yes the lack of VR might be a big deal to some, if low light is the way you shoot. The good zoom range and fine macro are really great for such a compact lens. I have a great number of landscape and macro shot with this lens.


Will this work as a good walkaround lens with a D600? Between this and the 24-85 VR which one would have better IQ?

Romanas Naryškin


you will most likely be better off with the Nikkor 24-85mm VR, I must say. The 28-105mm is not a bad lens, but it is quite old. The newer 24-85 has certain advantages, like the VR and wider angle of view. It also has Nikon’s SWM for silent focusing with manual override. You can read our review by clicking here. If you live in US, you can save a bit on the lens by purchasing it from B&H with some instant savings. If your budget allows, the best option for a walk-around lens is probably the AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR lens (click here for our review), and it is also part of the previously mentioned rebates program ($300 off regular price). I hope my answer was helpful!