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NikonPC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus Lens
 
4.9

(based on 33 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (25)
  • Consistent output (17)
  • Rugged (15)
  • Durable (14)
  • Easily interchangeable (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Macro photography (21)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Low light (9)
  • Weddings (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (5)
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5.0

A wow lens

By blackguard

from Western Massachusetts

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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

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    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

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      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

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          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

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                  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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                  5.0

                  great lens

                  By moris kushelevitch

                  from israel

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                  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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                    5.0

                    Outstanding effects and sharpness

                    By episa

                    from Prague, Czech Republic

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    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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                    4.0

                    Fantastic lens

                    By Z28

                    from Savannah, GA

                    About Me Photography Student

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                    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

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                      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

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                        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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                          5.0

                          Two lenses in one!

                          By Sunnysideup

                          from Orange County, CA

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                          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

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                            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

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                            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

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                              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

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                              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

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                              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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                                5.0

                                An amazing piece of glass

                                By DK1098

                                from Sydney, Australia

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Specialty lens
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Manual focus only

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Miniaturization
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                The PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D is a special purpose lens for tilting and shifting. Well constructed with a solid build, its overall performance is exemplary. The adjustments made in tilting and shifting are fine and accurate. Like all Nikon lenses, focusing is sharp and clear. However, being a perspective control lens, it only focuses manually.
                                Highly recommended overall for enthusiasts. It's an amazing piece of glass.

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                                5.0

                                The expected

                                By Nopal

                                from Guadalajara

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                                Pros

                                • Corrects the prespective
                                • Easy to use
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Architecture
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography

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

                                  It takes time to make a picture. With this lens we must take a while. No one can tell you what to do. Shift tilt... and revolver...

                                  My first picture was the front page of the manual. I took one picture and got one line of clear text. Then I shift a little and got five lines of clear text... I love it, wonderfull.

                                  A new era of picutres opens in front o me. Lines blocks...

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