I’ll Take A Pancake With ぼけ* ( Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P Review )

A word of warning in advance: Using a small camera like the Nikon D7000 and a diminutive lens like the Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P makes fat photographers look fat!

A word of warning in advance: Using a small camera like the Nikon D7000 and a diminutive lens like the Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P makes fat photographers look fat!


Another weekend over, another lens review due. This time around, I’m discussing the Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P pancake lens. It is one of the few “P” lenses Nikon made, the letter designates a chipped, manual-focus AI lens. It has a aperture ring that can be set to f/22 (but not locked there) to hand over aperture control to the camera. Because of the chip, it works in all exposure and light metering modes on my D7000 and my F6.
It is a very flat lens

It is a very flat lens


The conical hood doesn't make it much larger

The conical hood doesn't make it much larger


Product contents

Product contents


Here are some pixel-peeping shots of my iMac’s screen at about 1 meter distance. This aperture sequence shows a flat field like you would expect from a four lens Tessar construction. F/2.8 is already useable (and I like a bit of vignetting), f/4.0 is just fine and after that, diffraction sets in.
As always, all images are clickable for full-size.
f/2.8 center

f/2.8 center


f/2.8 corner

f/2.8 corner


f/4.0 center

f/4.0 center


f/4.0 corner

f/4.0 corner


At f/5.6, diffraction sets in at the center

At f/5.6, diffraction sets in at the center


f/5.6 corner, still sharp

f/5.6 corner, still sharp


At f/22, diffraction in the center ...

At f/22, diffraction in the center ...


... and in the corner

... and in the corner


Apart from the size, this is what this lens is about: * ぼけ = Bo’keh, the way a lens renders out-of-focus areas. Here’s an example of the smooth ぼけ the Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P provides with the D7000 body:
Bo'keh at the iPhone Tutorial. Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P, f/4.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 360

Bo'keh at the iPhone Tutorial. Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P, f/4.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 360



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3 Responses to “I’ll Take A Pancake With ぼけ* ( Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P Review )”

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  2. Barry Harding Says:

    I just purchased this lens and will have it mounted to D7000. I love the Cosina-Voightlander 40 f2, but also opted for the Tessar. I’ll keep you posted.

  3. skv012a Says:

    Looking into one of these if I can find one, reasonably…… priced. Sheer idea behind it appeals to me and its a pretty decent piece of unique-for-our-time glass from what I gather.

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