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

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

Specifications:

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 (10 owners reviews).

Build quality 4.60
Optical quality 4.40
Value for money 4.30
Overall 4.43
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User: Yerbury
IP 106.69.x.x
Date: 2014-05-02 15:12:02
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.

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User: franx
IP 95.242.x.x
Date: 2013-06-18 20:54:27
Owner since: 1 year
Price: 850 euro
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: bulky made in china

Pros: quality and versatility

Summary: a classic good lens

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User: Rainer U.
IP 217.246.x.x
Date: 2013-05-22 13:36:57
Owner since: 4 years
Price:
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

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User: amir
IP 178.11.x.x
Date: 2013-01-04 22:14:27
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.

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User: Dmitry
IP 213.151.x.x
Date: 2011-10-23 16:02:11
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.

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User: Pictureted
IP 76.126.x.x
Date: 2011-08-17 17:42:15
Owner since: 3 years
Price:
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.

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User: Tadej
IP 84.253.x.x
Date: 2011-01-11 21:50:02
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.

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User: Foo
IP 210.19.x.x
Date: 2009-10-28 20:25:56
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).

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User: SoreButtCheeks
IP 209.107.x.x
Date: 2009-07-08 03:15:56
Owner since: 6 months
Price:
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.

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User: marcinek
IP 217.153.x.x
Date: 2009-06-23 04:55:22
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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