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NikonAF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
 
4.8

(based on 793 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (593)
  • Strong construction (521)
  • Consistent output (492)
  • Durable (415)
  • Easily interchangeable (386)

Cons

  • Heavy (255)
  • Slow focus (66)
  • Lens creep (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Tough to attach (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (518)
  • Low light (180)
  • Weddings (159)
  • Wildlife photos (133)
  • Portraits (128)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (260), Semi-pro photographer (174), Enthusiast (91), Pro photographer (81), Semi-professional (61)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (439), Yes (23)

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

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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    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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      5.0

      Excellent Micro

      By dch

      from Florida

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      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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      • No

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      5.0

      Check one off my "wish list"

      By Gregg

      from East Coast, USA

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      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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        • Yes

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        5.0

        I LOVE this lens.

        By MSP

        from Central Valley, California

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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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            • No

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            5.0

            Phenominal Lens!

            By skeeter46

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            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

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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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                • No

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                4.0

                Good Combo Lens

                By Ed

                from San Jose

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                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

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                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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                • No

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                5.0

                Performs as advertised

                By Mike

                from Downers Grove, IL>

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                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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                • No

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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

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                  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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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Like This Macro Lens for Flowers

                      By Nancy C.

                      from Lafayette, LA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      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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                      • No

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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

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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

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                          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

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                            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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