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

Model #2174

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Filter thread 77 mm
Weight 1.63 lb (740 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.2 x 4.4" (8.13 x 11.18 cm)


Minimum focus distance 10" (25 cm)
Groups/elements 8/9
Camera mount type Nikon F
Focal length 45 mm
Magnification 0.50x
Tilt/shift Shifts ± 11.5mm
Tilt ± 8.5°
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:2
Angle of view 51°
DX Picture Angle: 34°
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Diaphragm blades 9
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
5 December 2009

In this review, Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at a highly specialised macro lens with tilt and shift movements, making it ideal for architecture and product photography.

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    Outstanding optical performance, Very precise controls, Excellent build quality

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    Almost useless hyperfocal scale, Maybe a touch pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Imaging resource.34355410
1 November 2011

This is one of those cases where if you think you need this lens, you probably know almost everything about it and the only real consideration is the sticker price. For getting shots with a unique perspective, or a depth of field impossible with conventional lenses, there is no substitute - the only...

18 August 2010

A specialised manual focus standard lens allowing 1:2 magnification and tilt and shift lens movements.

  • +

    Outstanding optical performance, Very precise controls, Excellent build quality

  • -

    Almost useless hyperfocal scale, Maybe a touch pricey, but you get what you pay for.

5 December 2009

Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED: Specification: Focal length: 45mm Maximum aperture: f/2.8 Minimum aperture: f/32 Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups (with one ED glass element) Picture angle: 51° (maximum 66° when fully shifted) Closest focus distance: 0.253 m Maximum reproduction...

  • +

    Easier to use than previous models, Good range of adjustments, Excellent image and edge performance, even on full frame sensors

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    Limited usefulness, although it is a specialist optic, Costly for occasional use

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
24 November 2015

I have used this lens primarily for copy/archiving artwork. The tilt and shift function on the lens, along with its 'normal' focal length make this absolutely ideal for this type of work. I will not go on and on about the well documented aspects of this lens' sharpness build quality etc.

7 March 2015

This lens is an excellent complement to my D800E. Although I specialize in both architectural and landscape photography, I primarily use it for landscape photography because its focal length is longer than I normally use for architectural work.

6 May 2016

Please note that description shows this lens as both auto-focus (illogical) and not auto-focus (logical). Please correct or clarify the product description. Will provide future rating after I get a chance to use this lens. Thanks.

24 February 2015

I use this lens for panoramas & time lapse also for general use

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    Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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B h photo.32817553
3 October 2014

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.

6 August 2014

not only is this a tilt-shift lens it is also a macro lens, this makes it a perfect lens of architecture and landscape. This lens is manual and very sharp.

B h photo.32817553
11 July 2014

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.

B h photo.32817553
10 February 2014

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...

B h photo.32817553
5 September 2013

Landscape, portraits, weddings. Very versatile

5 July 2013

Mirror up live view is a must, and time must not be a consideration. Will suit the considered photographer who is prepared to work manually exploring all of avenues the lens can take you down. The more you look the more you find and resulting images can be stunning, would certainly recommend.

Product Highlights
  • Perspective Control
  • Tilt, Shift & Rotation Capability
Average Expert Score
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-43 Bayonet Lens Hood for PC-E 45mm f/2.8D Lens
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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