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

You Pay: $899.00
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
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • 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 778 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (659)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (113)

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      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (585)
    • Strong construction (513)
    • Consistent output (483)
    • Durable (409)
    • Easily interchangeable (379)

    Cons

    • Heavy (250)
    • Slow focus (66)
    • Lens creep (7)
    • Pricey / poor value (7)
    • Tough to attach (6)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (505)
    • Low light (178)
    • Weddings (154)
    • Wildlife photos (130)
    • Portraits (128)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (251), Semi-pro photographer (171), Enthusiast (91), Pro photographer (79), Semi-professional (61)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (427), 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

    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

      Verified Buyer

      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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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                5.0

                Excelente

                By Eduardo

                from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  LENTE MACRO QUE CUMPRE PERFEITAMENTE A SUA PROPOSTA

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                  5.0

                  Superb Macro Lens

                  By Look Closely

                  from Sherman, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portrait

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

                  Just an excellent lens and it is compatible with my 2x converter....

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                  5.0

                  Great lens, on of Nikon's best.

                  By Rob Nuti

                  from Roseville, CA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I have the the AI-S 105mm 2.8 macro, and I love it. The issue with the AI-S lens was that it's manual focus, so capturing insects that were alive was a bit of a problem. All my macro shots had to be staged. This lens not only met my expectations, it exceeded them. I wish I had bought this lens from the beginning.

                    This lens works phenomenally as a portrait lens. I bring it with me to every photo shoot I have. It's a fantastic portrait lens. The lens is not overly heavy; when shooting a wedding for 10 hours, I have no issues caring it with me. The other gold stripe lenses end up giving me fatigue, and my picture quality diminishes as the wedding wears on. Not this lens; this has become my go to lens over my 70-200 2.8.

                    The lens is just as amazing doing macro shots. When shooting close up, the depth of field is fantastic. It focusses quickly, and gives me a creamy shallow depth of field when wide open. Image quality is everything you should expect from a high-end Nikkor lens. If you are thinking of any other macro lens, stop now, it will not compete with this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Exelente qualtity lens, very fast too.

                    By PanamaZR1

                    from Panama, rep of Panama

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I use this lens for macro pictures I like very much the clarity, colors, depth of field.

                      Very well made. I do recommend this lens if you want the best macro pictures.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent lens!

                      By Brooklyn Photog

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Great lens. Fantastic quality images and great macro capabilities. Has some difficulty settling on focus when very close to subject, so in those cases I would recommend going to manual focus. Other than that, this is a wonderful macro lens and works great for portraits too.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent quality lens

                        By Seadiver

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        Terrific macro lens. sharp and quick

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                        5.0

                        Simply AMAZING!!

                        By TR Photography

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          It's a fantastic lens. Take all the good things everyone else has said about it and then look my pics. It says it all.

                          TR Photography

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                          5.0

                          GREAT SHOTS

                          By SCIZZY THE NIKON DON

                          from PHILADELPHIA,PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

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

                            UPCLOSE PHOTOS, SIZE AND WEIGHT GREAT ERGONOMICS SMOOTH FOCUS

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