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

BH #NI10528GAF • MFR #2160
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
A contemporary take on the classic short telephoto macro lens, the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED excels at close range with its life-size 1:1 maximum magnification and a minimum focusing distance of 1'. Contributing to its success is an advanced optical design that includes one extra-low dispersion element, which minimizes chromatic aberrations in order to achieve high clarity and color accuracy. Both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are also used to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to producing sharp imagery, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to three shutter speed steps.
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Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Overview

A contemporary take on the classic short telephoto macro lens, the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED excels at close range with its life-size 1:1 maximum magnification and a minimum focusing distance of 1'. Contributing to its success is an advanced optical design that includes one extra-low dispersion element, which minimizes chromatic aberrations in order to achieve high clarity and color accuracy. Both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are also used to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to producing sharp imagery, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to three shutter speed steps.

Telephoto prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 157.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for isolating subjects and using selective focus techniques.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 1' to suit working with close-up subjects.
One extra-low dispersion element greatly reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
Both a Nano Crystal Coat and a Super Integrated Coating have been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by three stops to benefit shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208021604

Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Specs

Focal Length105mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View23° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance1.03' / 31.4 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design14 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.27 x 4.57" / 83 x 116 mm
Weight1.58 lb / 720 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.51 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.65 x 5.1 x 4.95"

Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Reviews

Nikon 105 micro lens

By Carol
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

I have the older 105 micro, but it doesn't have vibration reduction. This one does and it works great. It focuses quickly and is very sharp. I'm glad I bought it. Great lens.

Sharp long macro lens

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

I purchased this long reach macro for shots that require to a longer distance than my Micro Nikkor 60mm, such as at the NY Botanical Gardens or with insects. The longer distance also allows better lighting. In the attached shots I use Bolt LED macro lights The sharpness is very impressive, especially on my D850. It is a heavy lens (all that beautiful glass) and AF does not always work at *very* close distances which is true in general for macro. Macro shooters often set approximate focus and move the lens towards the object with a macro focusing rails for pinpoint focus. VR works fine for close-up but is less effective at very close distances, for which I use a tripod and rails anyway. Because 105mm is my favorite focal length for portraits I will try it out in the studio.

Nikon 105mm Micro

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-21

The Nikon/NIKKOR 105mm Micro f2.8 lens is the best micro lens I have ever shot with. It is super sharp and fast focusing, The image quality is outstanding.

Loving it on F & Z mounts!

By D
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

Even though I shoot Z and F mount bodies, I remain wedded to this lens rather than the new Z MC version. While the newer Z model may be sharper wide open or into the corners stopped down, for what I shoot in the near/ macro range, mid-aperture performance is just right for my needs with the added versatility of working with all of my bodies. While I have a range of F & Z mount zoom and prime lenses, this remains my most-used prime lens. Highly recommended!

Very sharp but noisy

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-24

I tried 2 samples of this lens fro B&H. Both make a continuous whiring noise when VR is ON and Liveview is ON (focus settings or AF activation don't matter). This is different from my other Nikon VR lenses. However I've heard from others that theirs is the same.

Review

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-21

I really like this lens. I also have the Micro-Nikkor 105mm D lens, which I will continue to use on my Nikon film cameras including my beloved F6.

Great Micro lens!

By Neal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

Great clarity/crispness in this prime lens.

Fantastic for portraits in addition to macro

By Lauren Dana
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

Great sharp lens, goes to 1:1 magnification and is great for portraits too.

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