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Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens USA

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Product Highlights
  • Perspective Control
  • Tilt, Shift & Rotation Capability

The Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Lens is a standard-view lens with special "Perspective Control" tilt and shift functions, making it ideal for architectural and nature photography. Using tilt and shift correction will help obtain a natural-looking perspective in a distortion-free architectural image. The PC-E 45mm is compatible with all digital and 35mm film SLR cameras (in manual mode). With the latest digital cameras (i.e. D3, D700 & D300, and later models), auto-aperture control is possible directly from the camera itself.

The ED glass element provides improved sharpness and color, while Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections for greater image quality. Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers outstanding color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.

Wide shifting range of ±11.5mm, with a tilting range of ±8.5°.
Revolving capability of ±90° in 30° increments for versatile tilt/shift shooting effects.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.
The Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity
High-performance Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
Performance
Focal Length 45mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 51°
DX Picture Angle: 34°
Tilt/Shift Shifts ± 11.5mm
Tilt ± 8.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 10" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.50x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.2 x 4.4" (8.13 x 11.18 cm)
Weight 1.63 lb (740 g)
Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-43Lens Hood
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonPC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (26)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Rugged (16)
    • Durable (15)
    • Easily interchangeable (13)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Manual focus only (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (27)
    • Macro photography (22)
    • Night photography (13)
    • Low light (9)
    • Weddings (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding effects and sharpness

    As a landscape/nature photographer I am attracted more by the depth of field expansion (vertical tilt) than the corection of coverging lines (vertical shift). without any correction this lens has an...Read complete review

    As a landscape/nature photographer I am attracted more by the depth of field expansion (vertical tilt) than the corection of coverging lines (vertical shift). without any correction this lens has an outstanding sharpness rivalling with the very best lenses from Zeiss or Leica.
    I am discovering the possibilities of these multiple combinations and I feel that it will take me a few weeks/months to master them all. I am using many MF lenses already so the Manual focus operation is not a throw back for me. I feel already that I will achieve exceptional photos using these new possibilities (panoramas, change plane of focus horizontally and vertically etc...).

    The ultimate toy/tool for the creative photographer.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Far less than expected

    If you are a present or former View Camera photographer, you will not be even close to what you are accustomed to. Most importantly, you can not swing and tilt in the same...Read complete review

    If you are a present or former View Camera photographer, you will not be even close to what you are accustomed to. Most importantly, you can not swing and tilt in the same photo.

    Secondly, you can not do tilt and rise/fall in the same photo. Nikon's owner's manual does say that you can send the lens to them, at additional cost, and they will re-configure this lens so that rise/fall and tilt can be done in the same photo.

    This lens is designed for the 35mm photographer who has always wished to dabble in the View Camera world. He will have no idea what he is missing.

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    1.0

    Far less than expected

    By Willie Baby

    from Houston

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Designed For Beginners

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

      If you are a present or former View Camera photographer, you will not be even close to what you are accustomed to. Most importantly, you can not swing and tilt in the same photo.

      Secondly, you can not do tilt and rise/fall in the same photo. Nikon's owner's manual does say that you can send the lens to them, at additional cost, and they will re-configure this lens so that rise/fall and tilt can be done in the same photo.

      This lens is designed for the 35mm photographer who has always wished to dabble in the View Camera world. He will have no idea what he is missing.

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      5.0

      Perspective Control Lense

      By Walt

      from Mequon, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

        I finally purchased this lense after delaying for several years. I made the purchase because I wanted to control vertical perspective on building/architecture photographs. Needless to say it did that. In addition I have been using it for photographing mechanical/machines gizmos such as the drive wheels on steam locomotives. I am very pleased with the lense; and, it is rapidly becoming a go to lense.

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        5.0

        A wow lens

        By blackguard

        from Western Massachusetts

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Very well built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

          This is just an amazing lens. Being a micro as well as a TS lens, it does much more than you would think. I also have the 24 PC-E, which is great for interiors, but a bit wide outside for me. The 45 really fills a gap in my bag.

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Thomas

          from Bozeman, Montana

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

            Have been using this lens for landscapes since I got it, but intend to make some portraits with it soon. Very sharp, very versatile, very bright and easy to focus.

            Would be great if I could tilt/shift in both directions at the same time, like the Zeiss lens for Nikon, but this lens was much less expensive and also stops down automatically, making it a usable hand-held portrait lens.

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens!

            By Sandraprint

            from Miami

            Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

            Perfect for my cozy corner architecture shoots & product. Crisp focus makes my clients happy.

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            5.0

            Sharp, easy to use

            By Steve

            from Geneva, Switzerland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                It is easy to use if you have experience with a view camera. There is a slight exposure shift when the lens is heavily tilted, but I would not consider this a problem when shooting digital. And yes, it will mount on the D800, unlike some reviews on the web suggest. The shift is more than generous but expect some chromatic aberrations at the far end. The tilt is even too generous for landscape photography. Here lies my only criticism: The swing mechanism should have a lower gear to allow more precise movement. Of course it would be nicer if the lens had the tilt and shift on independent planes, but in landscape photography I use the shift merely for stitching (arriving at my beloved 4x5 aspect ratio).

                The lens is very sharp and outperforms all my other Nikon lenses at this focal length. Focuses down to a 1:2 ratio, which I would not call macro/micro, but is very good for tight head portraits and product shots.

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                5.0

                Awesome and worth it

                By Mike stav

                from Balmur, Md

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                  Landscape, portraits, weddings. Very versatile

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                  5.0

                  Fabulous professional lens

                  By robmt

                  from Greenwich, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                        Got the lens and quickly realized that it is an A+ lens for professionals. Just don't have the time that this lens needs to get the most out of it. Perhaps, I'm spoiled by how automatic equipment is today. Definitely recommend it, but only for those who have the time and patience -- thus I returned it.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great lens

                        By moris kushelevitch

                        from israel

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                          used in architecture and a range of other shots. PC is what I expected

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                          • No

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                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Outstanding effects and sharpness

                          By episa

                          from Prague, Czech Republic

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Super sharp

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                          As a landscape/nature photographer I am attracted more by the depth of field expansion (vertical tilt) than the corection of coverging lines (vertical shift). without any correction this lens has an outstanding sharpness rivalling with the very best lenses from Zeiss or Leica.
                          I am discovering the possibilities of these multiple combinations and I feel that it will take me a few weeks/months to master them all. I am using many MF lenses already so the Manual focus operation is not a throw back for me. I feel already that I will achieve exceptional photos using these new possibilities (panoramas, change plane of focus horizontally and vertically etc...).

                          The ultimate toy/tool for the creative photographer.

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Fantastic lens

                          By Z28

                          from Savannah, GA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video

                            Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                            An absolutely amazing lens, the only reason for the 4 star rating is because it the revolving movement is not independent for the tilt and the shift.

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                            5.0

                            Like no other!

                            By HelloPhoto100

                            from NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Sharp
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                              I love this lens. Use it for closeup work with flowers and insects as well as for photographing structures, inside and out. It's a best-of-both worlds lens for me, and spends more time on my D700 than any other lens nowadays. I found it easy to quickly readjust to manual focussing, and am always already inclined to shift metering according to my tastes anyway, so there's no issue for me there. Lots of options with this lens, worth every penny.

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Chris

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Interiors
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                I use this lens every day and I love it. The ability to treat my 35mm more like a 4x5 has become a valuable tool in my photography.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Two lenses in one!

                                By Sunnysideup

                                from Orange County, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                  I always wanted this lens but needed a macro lens too. Decided to skip buying a macro and get this. Does a great job at both macro and tilt shift. Love it.

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                                  4.0

                                  So amazing!

                                  By BrklynGirl

                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                  I waited a long time to purchase this lens and it was worth the wait! I takes a bit of getting used to but it produces results every time. You can easily focus (or not) on the subject. It moves left to right, up and down and also moves 90 degrees so the angles are endless. It is a bit heavy and needs two hands but if you take the extra time out to frame the shot, it's great. It's also all manual but I find that if i take a test photo with the lens zero'd and then move the lens, the aperture/shutter settings remain the same. Maybe a little tweaking but with digital camera's it's not that big of deal to get it right in the lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  Unexpectedly sharp

                                  By A Bornfleth

                                  from Clearwater FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                    Actually took me a bit by surprise how sharp this lens is. Even though it obviously won't be a lens I use 100% of the time, I think it is defn worth the investment.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Lens! fair price, don't be afraid

                                    By Gato

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                    I was a little skeptical at first, needless to say I was about to spend some good money on an 'imported' lens. Straight from Japan, this heavy duty bad boy does a great job of making magic. In a world where everything is being automated to oblivion, I find this lens a true artist tool to go beyond the framing composition and camera settings. This lens adds a new dimension to my photography, manual manual manual! I love it.

                                    Yes you could try to make similar effects or results on photoshop, or other image editing software, but the truth of the matter is you will not have the same angle resolution, depth, as you would with this lens. There is also the accidental surprise, which to me has gotten lost in the digital era. I have found different focus points within the same focus plain amongst a leafy landscape that creates such a depth and interesting image. Not having to sacrifice aperture means nice bokeh with an added bonus, manual control!

                                    Coupled with a video capable SLR... well, that's just where our mind explodes and you can create amazing clips, or add a new feel to a video composition.

                                    One of my favorite ways to use it is to compose panoramic landscapes, besides increasing the pixel resolution for my prints, it gives me the right perspective of view, and the best compositional element; I get to choose the plain of focus. It's just another dimension.

                                    I am extremely happy with this lens, made a right decision, don't be afraid.

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                                    4.0

                                    The real deal.

                                    By Photodave

                                    from Midwest

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Contrast
                                    • Durable
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Very Sharp

                                    Cons

                                    • It's Swing or Tilt

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Product Photography

                                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                    OK, so it doesn't afford all of the movements us old view camera users are accustomed to, but for the convenience of the small camera, this is the next best thing. The lens is sharp corner to corner and even surpasses my old 85 tilt shift Nikkor lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    A lot of controls but worth it

                                    By ZeeBeedog

                                    from Seattle

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Depth of Field
                                    • High Quality
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Sharpness

                                    Cons

                                    • Small tiltshift knobs

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                    Crisp and sharp for landscape shots. Equally as good for still life shots. I haven't used for architecture as of yet - though I plan to. The manual focusing is precise, but easy to set. The tilt shift knobs are small, though easy to use with time. I set the focus in standard mode, then do the tilt/shift. Best used on a tripod.

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                                    5.0

                                    Special lens for special purposes

                                    By lasikexpert

                                    from Denver, CO

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography

                                      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                                      There are things you can do with a tilt/shift lens that you cannot do any other way. The question becomes which one to get, this one (45) or the 24 or 85. For me, it is products and portraits, not architecture, so the 85 was a contender, but the optics are more advanced in this lens and for my purposes it is perfect. I will not use it every day, but when I want it, there is no substitute.

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