105 Micro 2.8

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by robert_buckley|1, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. I have a chance to buy a Nikon 105 Micro AF 2.8 or the same lense with the "D".

    There is a $50.00 price difference, the "D" being the higher.

    My question is assuming both are in the same condition is the $50.00 worth getting the "D".

    Is the earlier model have better glass or is the D version better.

    I dont mind paying the extra if I am getting better glass.

    I am using a D200, I also have a D80 & D70
  2. Optically they are identical, although a recent "D" version might have marginally improved multicoatings.

    The "D" version supplies discrete distance data to the camera CPU from an encoding strip inside the lens, which can result in improved flash exposures in some (but probably not most) circumstances. That is the only physical difference between these two versions of the AF Micro 105mm f/2.8.

    The "D" version, as you have found, has a slightly higher resale value (driven more by perception than reality).
  3. mjt


    As Michael said, if you're concerned about slightly improved<br />
    flash exposure, the "D" version would be the way to go.<br /><br />

    If you're questioning the $50 difference, and you dont need the<br />
    "flash improvement" (which is minimal), then the non-"D" version<br />
    is fine enough.<br /><br />
  4. IMO flashes and cameras this days are very accurate, even with MF lenses you can get great results using a DSLR with a SB-600 or 800 (400 too, why not.. ;) the D is going to help you more when you decide to sell it... a D is easier to sell.
  5. Either version is a great lens. Buy the one that shows the least wear and tear.
  6. The "D" maybe worth the $50 if they are both made in China. You will get better photos and have a better resale value. If the non D lens is made in Japan, then it maybe a better lens then the China made lens with the D on it.
  7. Just one minor correction -- the D (distance) circuitry is not only for flash. Without it, you fall back from 3D Matrix Metering to regular Matrix Metering. Though as others have hinted, unless you're using on-camera flash, the difference is insignificant except in rare cases.
  8. D distance information is used by Nikon iTTL flashes in the iTTL/BL mode, if present. It also works in iTTL/BL mode without D informationor, but as reported, with somewhat lesser results.
  9. Save your money. Forget the "D".

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