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Nikon Nikkor AF-S Micro 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR

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Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S Micro 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 105 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 23.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.314 m
Maximum magnification 1:1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SWM
Lens Construction 14 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 116 x 83 mm
Weight 790 g
Additional information Marketed 2006
Average rating (12 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (12)
  1. V
    V 15 July 2015, 12:59
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    IP 78.51.x.x
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy Autofocus is slow but shouldn't be a problem for Macro work. Price is on the high side while they are plenty of better an other options for better value VR isn't usful for most Macro work unless you are shooting close up of flowers and objects of that size where you don't need to be super close to your subject Longitudinal Chromatic aberration in the bokeh.

    Pros: Build Quality: This lens got all the bell and whistles. Focus limiter/VR/Macro of course.AM/M switch with Nano. Image quality :is very good but that is the case with all macro lenses made. I have yet to hear off a terrible Macro lens with poor image IQ The lens double up as a portrait lens with its focal lenght of 105. Great focal length for creating distance with your subjects.

    Summary: It is a good lens to have if your a macro lover. It produces beautiful bokeh and can be use instead of an 85 prime but with an apreture of F/2.8-3.2. They are plenty of Macro lens on the market and I would recommend them over this high price Nikon lens.

  2. plauer4
    plauer4 29 March 2015, 19:14
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    IP 71.202.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $900.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Very noticeable flaring in direct light, purple and greens difficult to fix in post. Do not use for portraiture unless the light is quite diffused.

    Pros: Tack-sharp, good for intended purpose of extreme close-ups/macro photography.

    Summary: One trick pony...but then it IS a macro lens.

  3. Yerbury
    Yerbury 2 May 2014, 15:12
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    IP 106.69.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: $1300au
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: few

    Pros: many

    Summary: Extremely sharp and no discernible distortion. I use this lens on a Nikon D800E for extreme high res pan's (mural prints up to 7.2M x 2.4M from multi Gb files and incredible resolution). I also use it in conjunction with a backlit flash slide copier (Bowens Illumitrans) for rapid and precise "scanning" of 35mm and 6 x 6cm slides and negatives and it is good enough to capture the actual grain in Fuji Velvia 50 ASA Hasselblad slides. In addition, it is my joint favourite (with a Nikon 70-200mm II) portrait lens.

  4. franx
    franx 18 June 2013, 20:54
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    IP 95.242.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 850 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: bulky made in china

    Pros: quality and versatility

    Summary: a classic good lens

  5. Rainer U.
    Rainer U. 22 May 2013, 13:36
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    IP 217.246.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: AF hunts very often, sometimes I need to switch it off altogether. Though it is very sharp, it is not "State of the Art" anymore. Correction of colour errors could be better.

    Pros: Very sharp; very good macro lens until 1:1; good build quality; very good for portraits

    Summary: Good value for money; very versatile

  6. amir
    amir 4 January 2013, 22:14
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    IP 178.11.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 750Euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: (on a D800) High longitudinal/axial CA wide open that never really go away and may be noticed as purple/green fringing even at f8. "Paradoxical" behavior of CA when stopping down: axial CA gets better, lateral CA gets worse. Bulky and heavy, this is o.k. when used for tele / portrait work, though. Manual focus ring does not feel "right".

    Pros: (on a D800) Sharp at f2.8, very sharp when stopping down. Very fast autofocus, 1:1 macro, relatively low lateral CA. Sealed.

    Summary: (on a D800) With VR and fast autofocus this is a very good choice for macro and medium telephoto work in the field. In a macro setup in a studio these advantages are irrelevant and all you want is good optics. If you want to do high resolution macro shots and want to do focus stacks, then the axial CA may turn into a problem, since it cannot be corrected in software without serious side effects. Although I initially bought the lens for macro work in a studio setup, I do use other lenses now.

  7. Dmitry
    Dmitry 23 October 2011, 16:02
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    IP 213.151.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 860$
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Bulky. Too fat for this focal range. Even if you have huge hands, it is too big to hold comfortably. Very weak performance against direct light, also delivers nasty yellow cast, which is very difficult to correct at the stage of editing. VR affects IQ, so for the very best image quality you have to switch it off and use tripod. Short focus throw (at macro distances AF is useless anyway). Ring is too easy to rotate (wish it was stiffer). Focus breathing. Mediocre build quality.

    Pros: Stellar sharpness, amazingly fast AF, weather-sealing.

    Summary: Good lens for the money, but for serious macro work there are better choices.

  8. Pictureted
    Pictureted 17 August 2011, 17:42
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    IP 76.126.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Bulky - too fat. Has never appealed to me for portraits. It just doesn't seem to flatter people the way the old 105/2.5 AIS or the fast 85mm's do.

    Pros: Stellar optics, VR, excellent AF (not near 1:1, but useful when shooting close-ups in difficult situations) and excellent build quality. The most useful focal length for flowers, while still usable for bugs. It takes the TC1.4 very well too and at 150mm is better for bugs and goes beyond 1:1.

    Summary: I use the 60, 105 and 200 macros regularly. Which I choose is based on desired perspective, working distance requirements and what I'm willing to carry. If you want to get into macro, you can't find a better place to start.

  9. Tadej
    Tadej 11 January 2011, 21:50
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    IP 84.253.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 650 EUR
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: VR only ON or OFF.

    Pros: Weather sealed, just the right weight (nicely balanced with D300s), effective hood, my copy sharp from largest aperature, VR effective in telephoto range, build quality.

    Summary: I mostly use this lens for telephoto range, nevertheless sometimes find usefull micro capability. I had 70-200mm which was too heavy for extensive use so I sold it and got 105VR which I find as ideal compromise of weight and range. Definetely a lens every serious photograph should consider.

  10. Foo
    Foo 28 October 2009, 20:25
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    IP 210.19.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: USD 800
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Lacks contrast and sharpness a F2.8, performs best once stopped down a little. High price.

    Pros: VR works for portraits (longer distances). Smooth bokeh. Great build. Slient, fast and accurate AF. Front elements does not extrude when you focus down to 1:1, fully IF, unlike Tamron 90 which extrudes so much!

    Summary: I feel that this lens is more of a multi purpose short tele rather than a dedicated macro lens. It is useful for landscape, product shots, macro, portraits. VR doesn't work at macro distances (not the lens fault).

  11. SoreButtCheeks
    SoreButtCheeks 8 July 2009, 03:15
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    IP 209.107.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Personally I think it's only usable at F4 or smaller @ 2.8 too soft for me ( i'm the ultimate pixel peeper though ). Heavy.

    Pros: Very nice build.

    Summary: Glad I bought it, my next purchase will be AFS 200 f4 when it finally comes out. Possibly the 200 f2.

  12. marcinek
    marcinek 23 June 2009, 04:55
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    IP 217.153.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $1000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: It is perfect. No cons... except it is highly specialized lens. Unless you are total macro addicted freak, there are better ways to spend $1k for lenses. One friendly pro, told me after few weeks of trying this lens, it is too sharp to shoot portraits :-)

    Pros: Sharp, sharp, SHARRRRRRP! AF limited mode makes it a speed demon. Beautyfull colors. Did I already mentioned it is a sharp lens? Perfectly usable starting from 2.8.

    Summary: Be aware of its CRC construction, which makes this lens 2.8 lens starting ad 3 meters focus. Closer to that it gets 3.5. (who cares , since macro is usually shoot @f16 and more) If you shoot macro get it. If you shoot macro occasionally, borrow it, try it or get cheaper sigma, tamron, whatever.

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