AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Optically wonderful lens - hunts a little
I have used this lens for the last couple of months on a D300 camera. It has become my favorite Macro and mid-distance lens. Particularly like contrast and color.
105mm on a DX camera provides a good distance for macro work and is not too long for general "walk around" photography.
My only complaint is that it tends to hunt while focusing at times. The "limit" switch helps but it's still slow at times. Not a huge negative for me.
July 30, 2010
Better than expected
This lense is light and I love the bokeh it produces which for macro shots is paramount. I like to use it hands free and have found it very easy to use with and without a tripod. Quality and sharpness is just as good as my 85mm f1.4 Nikkor I use for portraits.
July 19, 2015
A sharp lens for so many creative possibilities
I purchased the 105mm f/2.8G a couple of years ago because I wanted a fast lens with more reach than what I currently had in my camera bag. The aperture changes automatically from f/2.8 when up close to the subject and the sales representative thoroughly went over explaining to me why. After photographing macro shots with the 105mm f/2.8G, what he said didn't matter because I was amazed with the images. The lens being a Micro is a definite plus. The area I wanted in focus was sharp and everything outside the depth of field was beautifully smooth. The VR is nice when hand holding, especially when moving the camera around for video. Just remember to use an off-camera microphone for audio because the sound of the VR working can be heard and might not be the sound you want recorded in your video. I've used the 105mm f/2.8 for indoor sports using only available light and as soon as I aim my camera, it will focus immediately on what i want responding quickly as I select different focus areas.
I enjoy using the 105mm f/2.8 especially to photograph my Pomeranian in action during our walks and macros of my turtle relaxing under the sun. The lens has plenty to offer no matter what you want to photograph whether close ups or distant landscape or subjects in action it is able to keep up and astound. I hope you have room in your camera bag for this amazingly lens.
July 10, 2015
Great camera and equipment.
It is a great camera and easy to work with once I get comfortable with the grip
June 17, 2015
This is in my opinion the best of all prime lenses for portrait, wedding or macro photographers.
Portrait and weddings I get the same quality as my 70-200 maybe a little better backgrounds definitely sharper but very comparable and blends well with the rest of the workflow. The vr function does a good job in even handheld macro work making it perfect for those quick ring shots, bouquet, and textures/designs on the dress etc.. The focus is fast and silent with minimal seeking, the coatings are good with minimal chromatic aberrations I could see a photographer in a bind pulling off a whole wedding with just this lens on any camera body.
The only con is Nikon not stating when shooting macro it technically becomes a variable aperture lens. I believe it has too do this because of the depth of field when working in macro or nothing would be in focus this thing can literally focus on an ant and nothing else I just believe Nikon could have stated that fact for the photographer using it for the first time thinking they are stuck in some auto mode.
Solid metal construction feels great in hand this lens with its versatility is a no brainer
April 19, 2015