6 comments on “Lens Review: Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 AI-s

  1. Thank you for this excellent review. Actually I bought a non-macro version of this lens, the 105mm f/2.5 ai-s few months ago and so far it’s my most loved lens along the SEL 35mm f/1.8, which, I believe, is one of your favorites too. These old lenses are real gems compared to the non-pro lenses of today. By the way, are you familiar with the 24mm ai-s?

    • Thanks, and I agree, there’s a certain character to these old lenses that don’t seem to be matched by many of the modern ones. That 105mm f/2.5 is a legend, and I almost got one before I found my f/1.8 version of the lens.

      I do know of the 24mm AI-s, though I have no plans to get one, at least for APS-C. The returns on the arbitrary image quality-to-price ratio diminish after using lenses wider than 50mm. I’d rather have modern lenses on anything wider (like that SLRMagic 35mm T0.95!). But 50mm and up, these old lenses are a great value.

  2. I bought this lens in the 90’s and it has been my go-to lens shooting slide film and now digital images. This lens’ versatility keeps it mounted on my camera. It’s useful in so many situations and it produces wonderful results. And it’s small (compared to most modern lenses) and uses 52mm filters. Thanks for showing this under-appreciated lens some love!

    • Glad you liked the review, Shimon. I can definitely see this lens being useful for slide reproduction at f/8, the amount of detail the lens can resolve is truly impressive. I’d say the Nikon isn’t the only old, under-appreciated macro lens out there. ;)

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