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

Last updated (13 September’12):
- Review by LensTip.com

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR is a macro standard lens. The lens features 150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 14 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 23. Closest focusing distance at 0.31m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR lens weighs 25.4 Ounces and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 5 inches long.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

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

Lenstip.com reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and writes;
“Pros: solid casing and good build quality, excellent image quality, both in the centre and in the corner of the frame, exquisite chromatic aberration, small distortion, not too big astigmatism, great work of autofocus, effective stabilization. Cons: some problems at work against bright light, prohibitive price “
rating: N/A

Slrgear.com reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and writes;
“All in all, this is a superb optic, particularly if you’re a macro fanatic. (Many is the time we’ve lamented the lack of VR in our old 105mm f/2.8: Shooting bugs or fungi on the forest floor, there’s rarely enough light to deliver sharp hand-held photos.) Highly recommended, if you’re in the market for the ultimate macro lens for your Nikon SLR body!”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photodo.com reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and writes;
“There is not a lot I can criticise about this lens considering the optical performance along side the build quality and features. I think it will find a lot of friends amongst both professionals and keen amateurs alike. The only downside to the lens is the price…”
rating: N/A

Bythom.com reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and writes;
“Nice performance overall. Personally, I find the lens everything I need at this focal length. The tiny bit of softness in the corners disappears quickly as you stop down, and isn’t an issue for me to begin with. But no real distortion, chromatic aberration, or vignetting make up for what little shortcoming it does have. Fast AF response. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Photozone.de reviews the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and writes;
“In terms of sheer performance the AF-S 105mm f/2.8G was able to beat its already very good predecessor by a small margin… The mechanical quality of the lens is very good. The best news is probably that Nikon resisted the temptation to increase the price tag despite all the new features. The lens is still not exactly cheap but definitely worth it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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

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User Opinions

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR User Reviews

Nikkor 105mm “Micro” My favorite lens!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my favorite lens in my collection. It is perfect in every way. Fast , Image Quality unparalleled, no flaring issues and no vignetting. I would highly recommend this lens for anyone looking for a great Portraiture lens and Macro lens!! “ – by K. Falls “Look at the obscure”

A Painter’s Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a beautiful lens. I have used Nikon cameras and lenses for the past 40 years. To find a lens that does portrait and close up is wonderful. With it, the results are truly artistic. You feel more like a painter than a photographer because of the balance, colors and depth of field. Many people today judge a lens by sharpness alone. This lens will take you to a different level of photography. “ – by Cynthia A. Haws “Principal”

Four Stars Overall, But Five for Macro | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is unbelievably sharp and bright from edge to edge. Better image quality at any aperture than my Nikkor 80-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, and even the 50mm f1.4. Nikon also underestimated the maximum magnification. They say it’s 1:1 on a full-frame sensor, but I’m getting about 1.8:1 with my DX sensor. The VR2 is great. My only other VR lens is a 70-300 VR1. I could tell the difference in VR performance on the first frame I shot with the 105. “ – by Charles Enfield

Works like a charm | Rating: ★★★★★
“I upgraded from the older Nikon 60mm macro and can see the difference in image quality in the viewfinder. What I didn’t expect was the richness of the colors in the unprocessed frames. This lens shines. “ – by William C. Cross “poet”Feraudy

More than a macro-lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is not only a superb macro lens (though the offerings by Zeiss and Leitz are reputed even sharper, and more expensive) but it makes a very good all round 105 mm lens thanks to the vibration reduction. I’ve used this to make many a discreet shot at a wedding with my D300 and I didn’t have to use a tripod, even in dim light. I have also used it to take shots of architectural details in dim light. The contrast and the bokeh are excellent. I should add that since its focusing range is so long (from a few centimeters to infinity) this lens is more likely to hunt when autofocusing than a standard 105mm lens, so it might not be the best lens for action shots. You need to be a little patient when using the autofocus. “ – by M. Henri De Feraudy

Great Portrait lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this lens a few weeks ago, and have used it lightly around the house. It takes amazing pictures! I took some pictures of my wife, just playing around with it, and the pictures are right up there with all all my other pro lenses. I mostly got this lens for wedding photography for close ups on details. I haven’t had the chance to use it yet in that arena but look forward to it! The only thing that I do not like about it, is that I am using this on a DX camera which puts the actual range at 157.5mm. the 60mm macro might have been a better choice for my camera. I am still giving this lens a 5 star review because of is sharpness and superior quality. If you are thinking about adding this lens to your gear, I highly recommend it! “ – by Studio “Andy”

Highly over-rated VR (vibration reduction) feature | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I find this VR features really reduces battery life drastically, and, if you’re lucky, VR rewards you with an insignificantly sharper images 30% of the time. When the battery is about to run out on my D80, I could see the image in the view finder shaking. More often than not, VR cause images to be soft and not sharp. I find that about 50% of the time, images with VR off are sharper than with it it on. I think Nikon should offer a 105mm macro lens without VR and keep the cost down for people don’t don’t need or want VR. Now the good impressions – this lens can produce incredibly sharp photos! When use with a teleconverter TC-2E-II, you can get pretty nice macro shots.” – by Luan C. Do

105 f2.8 | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my first macro lens and I’m pretty happy with it. I use it on a DX body. Very sharp lens. For those who say it focuses slow, try playing around with the focus switch. Close up, it does tend to hunt a little but I generally just switch it to manual in this case. You’ll be able to achieve a smaller minimum focusing distance in manual focus anyway. Also keep in mind that even though it’s f2.8, the aperture does vary….you’re not going to get f2.8 all the way through. This is the same as on the 60mm micro. Anyway, highly recommended and I’m very happy with it. If you’re unsure about this, the 60mm, or the 85mm DX just play around with each (maybe rent first). I wanted VR and am going to upgrade to FX in the near future so that’s why I went with this one over the others. “ – by tcd “tcd”

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Features & Specifications

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

The Nikon 2160 105mm f2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens is the world’s first macro lens featuring Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction. Designed for close-up and macro photography, this camera lens is versatile enough for virtually any photographic situation.

This Nikon 105 millimeter lens features Nikon’s new VR II vibration reduction technology, which allows photographers to shoot hand-held shots at up to four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, providing sharper images in general and in close-up photography. This lens also features a high-resolution and high optical performance, with a Nano-Crystal coat and ED glass elements that enhance overall image quality by further reducing flare and chromatic aberrations, and contributing to improved color, contrast and clarity. Constructed with an f2.8 lens, this unit includes an internal focus, which provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining the subject’s working distance through the focus range. This lens has a non-rotating front design that is convenient for use with circular polarizing filters and the R1C1 wireless close-up Speedlight system. Specifically engineered for both Nikon digital and 35mm SLR cameras, the Nikon ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens helps ensure high quality and high performance for all photographers, from amateurs to professionals, and includes front and rear lens caps, an HB-38 bayonet lens hood, and a CL-1020 flexible lens pouch. The 2160 weighs 27.9 ounces and measures 3.3 x 4.5 inches (diameter x depth).


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