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

(based on 824 reviews)

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    (115)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (611)
  • Strong construction (534)
  • Consistent output (503)
  • Durable (426)
  • Easily interchangeable (396)

Cons

  • Heavy (263)
  • Slow focus (66)
  • Lens creep (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Tough to attach (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (539)
  • Low light (186)
  • Weddings (166)
  • Wildlife photos (138)
  • Portraits (129)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (272), Semi-pro photographer (181), Enthusiast (91), Pro photographer (84), Semi-professional (61)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (458), Yes (26)

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

What a great lens!

By paul1514

from Ma

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events

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

This lens is amazing! I purchased this one primarily for macro photography and it did not disappoint. The macro is incredible and is just what I was looking for. But this also performs very well as a 105 prime. I shot a few portraits and the detail, sharpness and bokeh are all stunning. As always B&H had a great price and shipped it fast. If you looking, buy this one. You will be very happy you did.

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5.0

A great lens

By Mike

from Central Illinois

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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:

Great lens for close up work or portraits. Superior quality.

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5.0

Amazing detail shots

By Paula

from Greenacres, Fl

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

This lens is great for those little details that you want to get close ups to. The price is on point. It's a heavy lens but it works amazingly!

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5.0

Awesome Lens

By Jamesfallasphotography

from Costa Rica

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

This is the les i need it for my wedding and nature pictures...the feel of the lema is very solid, and i recomend it!!

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5.0

Really nice lens!!

By camachojcd73

from APO AE

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events

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

Really nice lens, It takes really sharp pictures. I still have not taken any macro pictures but it does pretty well for portrait and/or street photography.

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  • No

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5.0

Solid Lens

By MarkV

from Denver,CO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

        I have seen some other reviews state that the lens does not focus well. In my experience that just is not true. I have taken tight macros shots that required stacking as well as indoor sports and the lens has performed very well in all conditions. The catch is that you have to account for physics. As long as I do not leave the lens in the full focus range then I can capture non macro subjects without any focus hunting. For true macro use you will need to manually focus like any other macro lens. I do find that auto focus to be useful to get in the ballpark for macro subjects though. All in all this is a quality prime lens that will perform for you.

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        5.0

        Great quality

        By Alex

        from Lake forest ca

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

        This works perfectly for the dental and other close up. It's pricey but worth every penny to ensure what we expect. Must have for close ups

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        5.0

        Great quality

        By Alex

        from Lake forest ca

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

        This works perfectly for the dental and other close up. It's pricey but worth every penny to ensure what we expect. Must have for close ups

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        5.0

        is evrything as adervertized

        By embossllc

        from Nashua NH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          This an upgrade to an FX format

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          • No

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          5.0

          excellent product

          By Jo

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            love the handling. feels and acts solid.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Nikkor 105 macro

            By 5150radtech

            from Fresno, CA

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

            Just bought this a couple of weeks ago and using it on my D750. It's a great macro and mid distance lens. Haven't fully utilized it to see the full potential. It's a bit pricey but worth the money!!

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            5.0

            As expected

            By Andres

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Casual Photographer

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

                  Great product as expected.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding clarity

                  By gsoup

                  from franklin, tn

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

                  Clean and crisp. So much fun.

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                  5.0

                  Bravo 105mm

                  By Trigger Z

                  from Canyon Lake, CA

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

                  Sharp lens, great build quality. Excellent for Portraits and macro shots, hands down. No regrets. Have also 50mm/F1.4 and 70-200mm/F2.8

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                  5.0

                  Very Nice Macro Lens

                  By photobug

                  from Stockton, CA.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sharp photos

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I am just getting started in macro photography and this lens gives me some great photos. Still getting used to the minimal depth of field and definitely need to use my tripod. Focuses fast and accurately.

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                    5.0

                    Best Lens I Ever Had

                    By Brendan Buschi

                    from Milton, DE

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                      This lens does everything you want it to do. It does not distort the image. It is a delight to use.
                      I use this lens for studio work shooting pictures of fine art paintings. It is an ideal lens for this and I would guess it would be ideal for portraits as well.
                      This is the right prime lens for my needs.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Close-Up Auto Focus Photography

                      By Hornet Driver

                      from California

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Close-Up, Macro Photography.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Early Opinion

                        By Fred Stevens

                        from Portales, New Mexico

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          These review requests occur a bit soon after purchase, but we'll tell what we think for now. This lens was purchased to replace/update our previous Nikkor micro 105mm D-series lens. We bought it with D7100 camera body. The VR feature will give some freedom of movement in conditions where a tripod might be inconvenient. Thus far, we have used it for some candid "people pictures" and have found the images to be sharp and without movement blur in relatively low light conditions. The lens focuses quickly and quietly and seems in perfect working order.

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                          5.0

                          Super sharp lens

                          By Lens

                          from Port Saint Lucie, FL

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

                          This lens is super sharp and produces great pictures.

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                          5.0

                          I take my best pictures with this lens

                          By sdubois

                          from New York, New York

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          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:

                          Fantastic quality, amazing optics, by far my best purchase this year.

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                          • No

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