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

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Product Highlights
  • VR Image Stabilization
  • Magnification Up to 1:1

The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens brings the benefits of vibration reduction (VR) to the domain of Macro photography. This lens will produce images up to a 1:1 (life-size) ratio of magnification. Any camera movement at this magnification is also magnified, so image stabilization is critical. This lens offers high-resolution, high-optical performance for both digital and 35mm film format SLR cameras. When used with cameras with an APS-C size sensor, the equivalent focal length is 157.5mm.

This lens incorporates Nikon's vibration reduction system that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent stability of a shutter speed that is 4 stops faster when compared with a conventional lens. This in effect eliminates image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions.

Note: G-type lenses are fully compatible with all current camera models (as of 01/04). The older camera models F4, N90/s, N70, N8008/s, N6000 will only work in Program and Shutter Priority modes. Note: VR feature will only work with Nikon's F6, F5, F100, N80, N75, N65, D100 & D1 and D2-series (or any newer model) cameras.
Note: AF-S feature is not supported by certain camera models. Please click here for a list of compatible models.

An ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration. Nano Crystal Coat drastically reduces flare ensuring finely detailed, clear images.
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization minimizes image blur caused by camera shake (cancelable)
This lens can produce images at up to 1:1 magnification (life-size)
Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and better body balance
Built-in M/A switch enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus
Silent Wave Motor for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet AF
The rounded diaphragm (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
Performance
Focal Length 105mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 23°
DX Picture Angle: 15°
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 14/12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 4.6" (8.38 x 11.68 cm)
Weight 1.74 lb (790 g)
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
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  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-38 Lens Hood
  • CL-1020 Flexible Lens Pouch
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonAF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 786 reviews)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (590)
    • Strong construction (518)
    • Consistent output (489)
    • Durable (413)
    • Easily interchangeable (383)

    Cons

    • Heavy (254)
    • Slow focus (66)
    • Lens creep (7)
    • Pricey / poor value (7)
    • Tough to attach (6)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (512)
    • Low light (179)
    • Weddings (157)
    • Wildlife photos (133)
    • Portraits (128)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (256), Semi-pro photographer (173), Enthusiast (91), Pro photographer (80), Semi-professional (61)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (435), Yes (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An excellent macro or portrait lens

    This is an excellent lens for both macrophotography and portraiture. I wish it was a bit less expensive, but the build quality and optical design is superb.The fast f/2.8 aperture makes focusing quite...Read complete review

    This is an excellent lens for both macrophotography and portraiture. I wish it was a bit less expensive, but the build quality and optical design is superb.The fast f/2.8 aperture makes focusing quite fast. I know there are some reviewers who say it's a slow-focusing lens, but my experience has been quite the opposite. It focuses quite fast provided you give it a resonably high-contrast subject. Knowing when to use the focus limit switch helps a lot in this regard -- if you're shooting portraits or wildlife (or anytyhing further than 3 feet away), there's no reason to enable the full focus range. The fast aperture also makes precision manual focusing much easier. For portraits, it means that you can throw the background completely out of focus and isolate your subject.Like all the Micro-Nikkors, the sharpness of this lens is as good as it gets. On my D800 it reveals an awe-inspiring amount of detail in subjects large and small. While performance is quite good at f/2.8, this lens really shines between f/4 and f/11. At f/16, diffraction is noticeable, and at f/22 and beyond the resolution is certainly reduced somewhat. That said, the lens is still useable up to it's maximum f-stop (the max. f-stop changes depending on the focusing distance). While I certainly notice the diffraction softness while pixel-peeping, it's still possible to make beautiful 8x10 and even 11x14 prints from shots taken at f/32.The 105mm focal length is great for macro because it lets you get close to the subject without having to be right on top of it. On full frame cameras, it affords a comfortable distance for head+shoulders portraits, while still keeping the background soft and out-of-focus. On DX cameras, the effective focal length of ~150mm works well as a medium telephoto (and it's still sharp as a tack), though for portraits on DX I'd still prefer the 85mm/1.8G or 50mm/1.4G.The bokeh ranges from good to excellent, depending on the focusing distance. At focusing distances between 3 and 30 feet, and apertures at or below f/4, the bokeh reminds me of my Rolleiflex f/2.8 when shot wide open (which I happen to love). At macro distances, it's soft and even. At 30 feet and beyond the bokeh is still quite nice, but not as soft it is close up.The VR functionality is nice for portraits and handheld documentary work. For macro work, it's always wise to use a tripod, VR or no.If you're looking for FX glass that can do exceptional portrait and macro work, you really can't do any better than this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Slow auto focus, HUNTS continually

    I rented this lens (TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!) because I thought I wanted it. After using it for a week, I know I don't.

    Aside from macro,...Read complete review

    I rented this lens (TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!) because I thought I wanted it. After using it for a week, I know I don't.

    Aside from macro, this lens is inferior to the 135 f2 DC and the 70-200 f2.8 VRII in just about every way. The focus (modern silent wave) hunted badly under both low light and good light conditions, up close and at normal working distances. The 135 and 70-200 don't have that issue. Focus on both the 135 and 70-200, under the same conditions and settings (point focus, focus point on something with lots of contrast) was fast and accurate even on the 135 using the body focus motor. They never hunted, even under low light.

    Not sure what the issue was with the 105, but I can't use a lens that won't quickly come to focus. I might as well buy and old AI lens (for an 1/8 the cost) and just use that because I basically used this lens in manual to get any shots. It is deal breaker. I can't use a lens that I can't get to focus quickly...

    Otherwise, macro was sharp and workable and the focus breathing didn't bother me. Images were sharp and contrasty, assuming whatever I was taking a picture of didn't get bored and wonder off in the week it took to get focus.

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    5.0

    great shots

    By Leon

    from Miami Shores, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

      great shots, sturdy and sharp

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      4.0

      Good Combo Lens

      By Ed

      from San Jose

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

      I use this lens for both macro photography and portraiture. The bokeh is very nice and creamy. Not as sharp as I would have liked at f/8. Perhaps I was spoiled after shooting with a 200mm f/2 lens. For macro work, it is an amazing lens. Very sharp and contrasty with to-die-for bokeh.

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      5.0

      My best lens

      By Jessicasdd

      from Lockport, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

      I use this lens for everything; portraits, nature, action, sports. It is a GREAT lens. I love the detail it captures, how well it focuses, and how great my pictures turn out. It is my best lens yet.

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      5.0

      Performs as advertised

      By Mike

      from Downers Grove, IL>

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

      This is a sharp lens and works as advertised.

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      5.0

      Stellar Lens

      By iBigChill

      from Seattle, WA / Naknek, AK

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

        I purchased this lens used from B&H. First off, excellent experience. Condition was better than advertised, arrived in a timely manner, and was packaged well. My copy is dead on focus with my D610 and wicked sharp with very nice bokeh.My thoughts on the lens in general: I find it very useful for portraiture. I had some gear stolen from me (D700, 85 f/1.4G, SB-910, and a 14-24 f/2.8G.) I immediately decided I wanted a faster, stealthier, and sexier setup. I went with the D610 (planned on the D800, but I'm happy I saved the money) and a 24mm F/1.4G. I still had a 50mm F/1.4G so all I needed was the 85mm F/1.4G or 85mm F/1.8G to be back close to where I was. I had another option, buy the 105 F/2.8G Micro and use it instead of an 85 for portraiture and also be able to do macro. Did I ever debate this! This particular lens had been on my to buy list for a couple years, so I decided to go dual purpose. Couldn't be happier! This lens has captured some of my best portraits, and it is marvelous as a macro lens. Size and feel are good. Build is similar to most of the other G Lenses. Weight is heavy enough to let you know that it is a serious chunk of glass, but not heavy enough to bother you after a long day of shooting. Will I still pick up an 85 1.4G, sure. But it doesn't even have to be the next lens I buy. This one covers me perfectly for the mean time.I highly recommend this lens, hope this review helps.

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        5.0

        great

        By Carlos

        from florida

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

            great lens,
            not expensive as the 2.8
            it does the job

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Like This Macro Lens for Flowers

            By Nancy C.

            from Lafayette, LA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

            I use this primarily for shooting flowers. Images are sharp. The only downside for me is that the depth of field is very shallow, so I use it on a tripod. Also, I use manual focus. I think that is better than autofocus at such close distances.

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            5.0

            I would recommend this lens to a friend

            By Cyndi

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

            I love this lens!!!! I bought it primarily to use when taking shots of flowers and bugs in my gardens. While there is a learning curve to using it, I have been extremely happy with the sharpness of the photographs I can make with this lens. I have been pleased with how this lens functions in low light situations as well.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Lens

            By uwphoto48

            from Temecula, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Tack Sharp And Fast Focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Underwater Macro Photogra
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

              I have been using the Nikon 105mm F2.8 D lens for years, wildlife and underwater photography. This new Nikon 105mm AF-S VR lens is a fantastic improvement over an already great lens. Tack sharp fast focus. The internal drive motor in this lens makes for a faster focus. The older lens would hunt a bit using the camera drive motor. Geat new investment for me.

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              5.0

              Super sharp

              By 2Wheeler

              from Middle Tennessee

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                Best prime lens I own! Super sharp with fantastic bokeh. A little bit of a heavyweight but don't even notice that after a while. Because of the extreme shallowness of the depth of field, the functionality of autofocus can be somewhat limited on wide-open closeups.

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                5.0

                The perfect combination

                By Sasso

                from Miami FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Sharp Image
                • Very Fast 28

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                  This lens is the perfect combination if you are start exploring macrophotography and you want to do ir in a pro way. The price is the average for a good nikon lens and you get superb sharpness in a very fast lens. 2.8. I tired macro photography with cheaper lenses and you can't compare them with the Nikkor 105mm. Worth its value. Buy without hesitation

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Jo

                  from Washington

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                  I am having fun with this lens, though it is taking some time for me to get up to speed. I love the ability to take macro shots and portraits, in just about any light.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Lens

                  By Netfobos

                  from Lima. PE

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                  Great for portrait also, perfect for Macro

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Bob

                  from California City, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                  As the owner of a Nikon 60mm Micro (one of my favorites), this lens is equally as awesome. It is sharp, fast, produces wonderfully detailed images and works well with my D600.

                  Yes, it's a bit heavy but that doesn't bother me. After much searching and seamingly endless comparisons/reviews, I couldn't be happier with my decision.

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Glass

                  By BlakKat

                  from US

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                  I just got this lens and so far it has been a great choice. I've used it for macro work, but it will be wonderful for portrait shots too

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                  5.0

                  Phenomenal

                  By JohnW

                  from North Carolina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                    This is THE ideal lens for close-up flower photography, with unbelievable sharpness and clarity. I borrowed one for a two-day workshop and ordered my own as soon as I got home. It is also far easier (and less expensive!) to carry than the 200mm Micro lens.Great bokeh effects.

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                    5.0

                    Useful tool

                    By Whiskey

                    from Missouri

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                    Sharp focusing. Remember to select the appropriate focus range because the lense does not recognize your subject.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Photos

                    By Jessicasdd

                    from Lockport, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Vibration Reduction Noise

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                    So far i have used this lens for mainly macro photography. I love that I don't have to get on top of my subject to take a picture. Get the shot and zoom in later. I don't care for the clicking sound it makes when the Vibration Reduction option is switched to on, so I leave it off and still get great shots.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome lens

                    By tajkd

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                    I use this lens for macro and portrait work but it is very fast and also useful for action shots indoor. The dof is quite shallow no matter what. Even for macro, you'll need f/22 or so to get a mm or more. For portraits, it is a dream. Very sharp and great bokeh. It is heavy but that didn't bother me much.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Glass!

                    By Jerome

                    from Florida.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens:

                        This is a excellent lens i currently use it for both Marco & Portrait Photography. I'd definitely recommend this lens to anyone interested in purchasing it.

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