Battle of the Lenses (Round 1) – Laowa 105mm f/2 STF vs Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D



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The Nikon AF DC Nikkor series lenses are usually reckoned as the best portrait lenses under the Nikon lineup. With its ultimate sharpness, pleasing bokeh and compact size, the DC 105mm f/2D is one of the most welcomed portrait lens under their portfolio. Speaking of the focal length of 105mm, this lens even dominates the entire market.

So let’s see if our Laowa 105mm f/2 STF can match or even exceed its performance. Let’s check this out.


Nikon D800 with Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2D


Nikon D800 with Laowa 105mm f/2 STF Lens

Size Comparison


Size comparison. Yes the hood is detachable of course.


Apple to apple comparison.

Aperture Comparison


The diaphragm of the NIKKOR (9-bladed)



The F-stop diaphragm of the LAOWA (9-bladed)



From another angle, Laowa 105 f/2 STF has dual diaphragm (14-bladed T-stop at the top, 9-bladed F-stop below)

Image Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

shot at wide open





Chromatic Aberrations control  (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

100% Crop, Purple fringing was found in the right image


Bokeh Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

The APD element allows the Laowa 105mm f/2 STF to have a softly diffused edge on the bokeh

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100% Crop (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

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Continue the Bokeh Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

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Contrast Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)


100% Crop


Overall Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)


Bokeh Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)

100% crop, The STF impact becomes distinctive.
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Sharpness Comparison (Left: Laowa, Right: Nikon)



THE END. Stay tuned to seeing the Round 2! battling against the Canon!


(Adapted from, Written by 文太大叔, Translated by Venus Optics)


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  2. Nice comparison, the low looks really good! But to be fair, you should compare the Nikkor at F2 AND the defocus set at F2 Rear (for better background blur / bokeh) I also heard the nikkor should be sharpest at these setting.

  3. defocused and focused compared to the nikon would have been optimal.
    however, seeing the 2 lenses at their maximum makes total sense to me. I just learned about venuslens and am am hooked already on 3 of their lenses: this 105/2, the 15/4 shift macro and the 60/2.8 2:1 macro.
    I think, that I’ll get either the 105 or 15 first. amazing…

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