Ellis Vener , Jan 05, 2009; 12:29 p.m.
if it is an AI-S lens you'll have no problems. All you need to do is program in the focal length and and maximum (f/1.8 ) aperture in the Set up menu under Non-CPU lenses.
Here is what Bjorn Rorslett thinks of the 105mm f/1.8 AI-S Nikkor, which he rates as a 4.5 out of 5 on the D2X body.
A nicely balancing lens that is sturdily built and fairly heavy. It produces very sharp and contrasty images within its optimal range from f/4 to f/11. Wide open, image contrast is lowered by internal flare, so the f/1.8 setting shouldn't be used indiscriminately. It is moderately resistant to flare and ghosts under normal shooting conditions. Set it to f/5.6 if you are keen on getting the maximum quality from this lens. On the D2X, the flare at f/1.8 is even more prominent and it looks more like residual spherical aberration to me. Anyway, image detail is very good at f/1.8 despite the lowered contrast, and by stopping down to f/2.8 you do get very high contrast, and superb image sharpness. The excellent image quality holds up surprisingly well to near f/16, but from here you do get some softening mediated by diffraction effects. There is virtually no chromatic aberration (CA) to be seen at the normal aperture settings, but a tiny amount of CA begins to creep in when the lens is stopped down beyond f/11.
He gives the 50mm f/1.8 Series- E lenses a 4.
The 105mm f/1.8 AI-S was one of my favorite portrait lenses on an F5, D1X and D2X.