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.
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.
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: