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
  • 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 802 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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      (115)

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      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

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      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (599)
    • Strong construction (526)
    • Consistent output (497)
    • Durable (419)
    • Easily interchangeable (389)

    Cons

    • Heavy (257)
    • Slow focus (66)
    • Lens creep (7)
    • Pricey / poor value (7)
    • Tough to attach (6)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (527)
    • Low light (182)
    • Weddings (160)
    • Wildlife photos (135)
    • Portraits (129)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (266), Semi-pro photographer (176), Enthusiast (91), Pro photographer (82), Semi-professional (61)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (447), Yes (24)

    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

     

    Does not work to claimed specifications

    While most of Nikon's f2.8 lenses (mainly zooms) are exceptional, I found a number of reasons not to like this lens:

    1) It is NOT a 2.8 fixed aperture lens....Read complete review

    While most of Nikon's f2.8 lenses (mainly zooms) are exceptional, I found a number of reasons not to like this lens:

    1) It is NOT a 2.8 fixed aperture lens. The aperture changes depending on focus distance. This is a variable aperture lens and Nikon should call it as such.
    2) The lens stops down as subject distance decreases. It starts to stop down even within a few feet of your subject.
    3) The Max (open) f-stop changes as the focus hunts. Shooting on manual becomes a difficult task
    4) I found that the aperture is slow to return to F2.8 when focusing at a distance.

    The lens is sharp once it settles on proper focus and aperture.

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    5.0

    Super lens

    By Al

    from Boca Raton, FL

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    Pros

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

      I used to have the venerable 105 f/2.5 (non-macro) from my slide-shooting days. Unfortunately, over the years of storage (while I quit photography) it developed some fungus problems, and it was time to replace it. When I got back into photography, I bought the 105 f/2.8 macro. It is every bit as good as the old 105 lens. It's razor sharp, has wonderful color and contrast, and a flat field of view. It's great for both macro work, and portraiture, and as a general purpose short telephoto. Absolutely worth the price.

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      5.0

      another exceptional Nikon lens

      By SLL

      from St. Thomas, VI

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Reasonably fast lens
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        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 both inside and outside (nature) for Macro photography, and have found nothing so far to complain about.My primary camera is a Nikon D-810 and have seen no edge blurring either inside or outside.I live in a very bright tropical environment and have take some great floral pictures the past couple of weeks using this lens.

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        5.0

        crisp image

        By Ernie

        from Michigan

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Great must have lens!

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          5.0

          Even Better Than Expected

          By SevereWX

          from Live Oak, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraiture
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I bought this lens to use on D610 with both macro photography and portraiture in mind. The build quality is everything I expected from a Nikon lens. It is a precision instrument and it shows. The focus ring is silky smooth with the perfect amount of tension, and no play when reversing directions. I'm fairly certain the lens barrel is made of metal, because this lens is fairly hefty. I tend to like the weight, it seems to make hold it steadier feel easier than with some lighter weight lenses. Optically, the lens is sharper than I imagined possible, from macro distances all the way out to infinity focusing distances. If there is any corner softness or distortion, I have yet to see it. There is a very slight amount of vignetting wide open, but is gone when stopped down to 5.6 or better. Colors are crisp and have a good contrast, noticeably better than my non-nano coated lenses. Bokeh? I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the bokeh. This lens is a bokeh monster! Only the Nikkor DC lens can out bokeh this beast. The autofocus is fast, accurate, and exceptionally quiet. VR makes more noise than the focusing motor does. I've found I need to use the lens hood with this lens more often than I do with most of my other lenses. Thankfully the tulip shape of the hood doesn't interfere with putting the lens cap on or taking it off.

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            5.0

            Amazing Lens

            By Ty

            from Boston, MA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Macro shot on this lens is absolutely sharp. VR is a little noisy but worth having for hand held shots.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great Macro Lens

            By Hpeff

            from Opelousas, La

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              Fantastic for just about everything. I use it for newborns. But it can be used for portraits as well. Super clear and precise.

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              5.0

              Sharp, Tight Focus

              By Maria Grace

              from Hampton, VA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              I love this lens for detail shots. The focus is sharp and precise, and the lens compression is incredible. I would highly recommend this lens.

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              5.0

              Happy Shooter

              By keystone

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                Got this used. Excellent condition. Really pleased that I am able to explore macro with fantastic results. Zoom with my feet for other shots.

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                5.0

                Best price

                By Federico

                from Highland in

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

                Exelent item for the best price on market!

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                5.0

                Must Have Macro

                By Ken

                from Bellingham, WA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Was doing macro work with a 55mm macro, but this 105mm is more versatile and sharper. The VR works well for hand held shots when a tripod can't be used.

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                  5.0

                  Must Have Macro

                  By Ken

                  from Bellingham, WA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I got this lens to do macro work and have not been disappointed. I had been shooting with a micro 55mm which gave me very sharp images, but the 105 mm is much more versatile and a little sharper. The VR is just what is needed for hand-held close-ups when using a tripod is too awkward to get the shot.

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                    1.0

                    Does not work to claimed specifications

                    By Hwgoesit

                    from laguna hills CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        While most of Nikon's f2.8 lenses (mainly zooms) are exceptional, I found a number of reasons not to like this lens:

                        1) It is NOT a 2.8 fixed aperture lens. The aperture changes depending on focus distance. This is a variable aperture lens and Nikon should call it as such.
                        2) The lens stops down as subject distance decreases. It starts to stop down even within a few feet of your subject.
                        3) The Max (open) f-stop changes as the focus hunts. Shooting on manual becomes a difficult task
                        4) I found that the aperture is slow to return to F2.8 when focusing at a distance.

                        The lens is sharp once it settles on proper focus and aperture.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Micro

                        By dch

                        from Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        I have been very impressed with this lens. Pictures are very sharp.

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                        5.0

                        Check one off my "wish list"

                        By Gregg

                        from East Coast, USA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I rec'd this lens just about two weeks ago and have used it only a couple of times since. I'm still learning but so far it's everything I expected. Tack sharp as expected. The up-close focus takes a little getting used to if you want 1:1 shots where even a tiny movement can put things out of focus, but that's no fault of the lens just my learning curve. This lens will be great next spring when the wild flowers begin to bloom once again. Over the winter I'll get some more practice and probably try out it's portrait capabilities.

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                          5.0

                          I LOVE this lens.

                          By MSP

                          from Central Valley, California

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I just bought this lens a couple of weeks ago and have used it to photograph flowers, a lizard my brother found, and a wedding ring at a wedding. This lens will have a bit of a learning curve to it, as with anything. Trying to nail your focus very close up is a bit tricky, but can be achieved. I don't think there is anything that I don't like (at least not at this point).

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                              5.0

                              Phenominal Lens!

                              By skeeter46

                              from Riverside, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I've not had a whole lot of use from this lens yet, but whatI have done has been superb. This lens is clear and sharp and focuses rapidly on my Nikon camera. I'm looking forward to trying the macro (micro) mode.

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                                5.0

                                great shots

                                By Leon

                                from Miami Shores, FL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                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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