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

(based on 966 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (829)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (131)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (688)
  • Strong construction (605)
  • Consistent output (568)
  • Durable (488)
  • Easily interchangeable (439)

Cons

  • Heavy (296)
  • Slow focus (73)
  • Lens creep (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Tough to attach (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (643)
  • Low light (214)
  • Weddings (200)
  • Wildlife photos (163)
  • Landscape/scenery (146)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (320), Semi-pro photographer (219), Pro photographer (102), Enthusiast (91), Semi-professional (61)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (573), Yes (27)

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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4.0

Nice Lens and love teh Macro Ability

By Photoman45

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

I have now taken a number of pictures with this lens and fins it to be sharp easy to manipulate with manual focus and auto focus. Hand held shooting is a bit of a challenge at while shooting in Macro 1:1 situations since the DOF is so small and camera shake really causes problems. However pictures on tripod are really good.

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5.0

Umm YEAH..Just BUY THIS LENS

By AIREN

from Bristol, CT

Verified Buyer

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

Macro photos of Eyelashes, and Portrait capability, with the beautiful color and contest of a PRIME lens...THIS LENS HAS IT ALL. See pics attached. LOVE this lens.

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5.0

Exceeds Expectations

By Tom B.

from Vienna, VA

Verified Buyer

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

Great macro lens: quiet, sharp, and fast. It is also great for portraits. This is a very versatile lens. The VR is an important plus.

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  • No

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5.0

Would absolutely recommend for macro images or portraits

By Kyle

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

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

I specifically purchased this lens to photographer jewelry at an auction house. It has blown past my expectations for very little money. I should note that while it is a 2.8, depending on your focus distance it may only open up to 3.5. That being said, if you need a shallower DOP than that, you're doing something insane. Lens is great, extremely sharp, solid construction. I have no complaints. Also just used it to 2nd shoot a wedding and it performed flawlessly again. Always look forward to using this product.

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5.0

Great lens as expected

By Tryingfortheshot

from NE Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

Well, there is not much more to say about this Nikon 105mm micro lens that hasn't been said already.
Pros have been using it for years and under the right situation, it is a great lens. Yes, it hunts sometimes
In AFS, but most macro shots should be in manual focus anyways. The lens is well built as you would expect and is sharp and a great for portraits.
As always B&H delivered and I just love the expedited shipping, comes the second day for me.

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5.0

Fantastic lens. My new workhorse!

By Zperlow

from Charlotte, NC

Verified Reviewer

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

Exceptionally sharp lens. Amazing portrait lanes. Amazing macro lens. I also use it for audition videos. Just an all around versatile lens. Don't know how I lived without it.

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5.0

Awesome lens!

By xxxJUxxx

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Super sharp with incredible choice for depth of field. Beautiful portrait lens.

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5.0

Fantastic lens!

By Dave

from Jackson, MS

Verified Buyer

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

I use this on my Nikon D750 for macro photography as well as a medium telephoto lens for general use and portraits. Love the size and quality. Great for closeup work and gives plenty of working room between lens and subject even when I tried using extension tubes with it. Vibration reduction for telephoto work is very nice for handheld work!

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5.0

Great macro lens!

By KM6VV

from Central Coast, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I found this lens to be every thing I've heard about it! Great at macro, and good for portraits as well. Very sharp and great IQ. A worthwhile addition to my lens collection.

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5.0

Outstanding lens, very happy with purchase

By First time macro user

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

My first foray into macro photography- lens performs awesomely, am using it with D600. I'm new to photography but realized, correctly, lighting is equal to the lens in importance. So I overkilled and bought the Nikon R1 kit from the B&H used site. It is also outstanding both for macro and expanding light options everywhere else, like backlighting. The combo immediately challenged me on my first project, a small shiny brass badge with tiny painting and engraving. I haven't yet mastered simultaneously bright enough light to capture all details, low enough light for no glare or wash out and no shadows. But it's fun. Regarding the "focus hunting" in some comments, I don't know their specifics but the lens has a switch for objects outside.5 meters away specifically to reduce focus time-details are in the manual. I also ordered with this a NC filter for a scratch guard because it's less than a foot from many subjects

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5.0

Best glass I own to date

By JD Photo

from Gautier, Mississippi

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

I bought this lens to get started in the world of macro photography and I have to say I have not been disappointed. It is very sharp and a pleasure to shoot through.

I also plan to use it for some portrait work, but since it us so sharp I'll need to modify my workflow a little to soften up the images a bit .

Pros: Very sharp images at all apertures though f8 seems to be the sweet spot.

Large focus ring makes it easy to manually focus when close to a subject.

Cons: Not really a con, but a bit too sharp for portraits. Requires a little more post processing.

If your thinking of getting into macro, you owe it to yourself to get this lens.

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5.0

Insanely sharp

By Eric

from Jacksonville, FL

Verified Reviewer

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

As the title says then lens in incredibly sharp, the bokeh is amazing. Even wide open it's quite sharp. This is one lens that after trying I can't see myself without it. Amazing for macro shots, just as good for portraits. If you are considering it, buy it. You won't regret it.

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5.0

Beautiful

By kajs

from Denver, CO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

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

This lens is smart and makes such beautiful images.

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  • No

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5.0

Sharp lens

By Bob Farley

from Birmingham, Ala.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portrature

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

    I use this lens for closeup and portrait work. The 105 focal length is my favor for portraiture. The background drops out of focus nicely and faces look great. Have yet to find an issue with it.

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    5.0

    Wonderful lens

    By Joe

    from Chicago area

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      This product works like one would expect from Nikon. Very happy that I purchased the Nikon brand vs other options. It is solid, performs fast and provides clear images. Love it

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      • No

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      5.0

      A Great Macro Lens

      By JohnK

      from Boonsboro, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

        I use it for flower and fruit and vegetable photography. It's very simple to use and I like the built-in flexibility it provides. It's a bit heavy but it seems like there's no getting around that.

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        5.0

        Most excellent

        By kent

        from chicago

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • 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 LOVE THIS PRODUCT. it is the most excellent lens.

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          5.0

          Excellent quality!

          By JP

          from Tennessee

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

          Far exceeds the quality of my old Nikon 105 macro! Best purchase I could have made.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Impressive Lens!

          By Photo Enthusiast

          from League City, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction
          • Tack Sharp Images

          Cons

          • Variable Aperture

          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 purchased this lens for macro photography. This is a superior product not only for close-ups, but general photography as well. The only drawback, and a minor one at that, is that it's not truly a fixed maximum aperture lens. In all other aspects this lens is fantastic! Technical details aside, all anyone needs to know is that this lens will not disappoint. A must have product for photo enthusiasts

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          5.0

          Amazing lens!

          By Kjbrown

          from Philadelphia

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

          Super sharp, as expected. The focus is extremely fickle at macro lengths, but with some patience the images come out amazing! Also doubles as a phenomenal portrait lens.

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