AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
My close ups are way better now !!
Pros: It works really nice.. a tripod is really usefull doing this type of photography...even without it i still get some good results.
Heavy..on a d300s with mbd10 grip but i don't mind it much the results make up for the weight.
Price..i guess you get what you paid for...i've waited three years to get this lens.
Other thoughts: I wish Nikon would let their customers know that the warranty form filled for their purchases was received.
May 22, 2011
I bought this lens more than a year ago with the expectation to take macro shots of insects, flowers and other small natural objects. The results have been great with the 2.8 glass elements. Recently I've started using it as a portrait lens and now its use has grown two fold. As a portrait lens, the results are spectacular. Each week I place a new image of mine as my desktop wallpaper, and each week I have several colleagues dropping by to say "Wow! nice photo!" The depth of field in portrait shots is great.
May 7, 2011
Sharpest Lense in My Bag
I have taken close-ups, portraits, and landscape shots with this lens and it has performed well, especially when sharpness is critical. I would recommend this lens for anyone needing professionally sharp images.
May 2, 2011
ideal for medical /dental applications
I have been using it for dental photography .
I find it to be one lense for intra oral as well as extra oral shots.
I conduct courses country wide on medical photography and presently writing a book on it
May 1, 2011
This is a great lens!
This lens was recommended as a good close-up lens and a good lens for nature. I have found it is all of that and more. Clear and sharp whether shooting nature scenery, birds in flight, or flower petals. Excellent in low light as well!
April 23, 2011
Everything I'd Hoped For!
This lens is just incredible.. Very sharp with wonderful bokeh. Macro shots are stunning and makes shooting nature exhilarating! This lens is on my camera more than any of my other lenses. The VR isn't as helpful on macro shots but is otherwise awesome and AF can hunt quite a bit sometimes in low light macro situations. All in all this a superb piece of glass and I would buy it again if I had to!
April 19, 2011
great for wildflowers
I bought this lens mainly for photographing wildflowers. It has been great.
April 15, 2011
I enjoy taking close-up photos of flowers and dragonflies so I decided to splurge and buy a macro lens. After considerable research to see which lens people recommended and why, I chose the Nikon 105mm VR and I couldn't be happier with it. It's incredibly sharp and since most of the time I don't care to haul a tripod with me, the VR is great. The only thing I've regretted is that I didn't buy it sooner, I simply love this lens and I rarely take it off my camera. If something happened to it I'd buy one again in a heartbeat!
April 15, 2011
extreme clarity and sharpness in both close -up and distance shooting
April 15, 2011
superior lens,sharp and excellent color
Superb results in portrait and macro.
Stabilizer, manual and auto focusing. I use this with a D300s, for pictures of miniatures, buttons, flowers, insects and portraits.
The 105 captures unposed action from a convenient distance.
Zooms are convenient but this lens has better quality
April 14, 2011
My Favorite lens
I tend to grab this lens from my bag more often than any of my other lenses on a shoot. I use it for extreme closeups and for great portraits. I can't recommend this lens enough for jewelry shoots.
April 14, 2011
Superb Image Quality; Tack Sharp
I purchased this lense because I wanted a good FX macro lense for my D700 that would also be useful for portraits and street scenes. I have high-end Nikkor zooms that are very good lenses and one fixed length (85mm) that is outstanding, though this 105 is by far the best. It is tack sharp, has excellent contrast, very true color, and build quality is solid. And VR is particularly useful when shooting hand-held closeups. (Don't throw away your tripod--all vibration reduction systems have their limits.) While it is not inexpensive, this Nikkor is well worth the investment, and then some. Very highly recommended.
April 14, 2011
Great lens, but defective
I'm giving the lens a five star rating, but with a caveat. Received the lens in defective condition from B and H. My D3s read the lens shooting at a maximum aperture of f4.7 and a minimum of something like f/57. Was the problem caused by Nikon or B and H? Who knows? This is an awesome lens, I just wish I received one in working condition. I'm replacing a warn out old manual focus 105 f/2.8 lens with this modern marvel. I'm a professional photographer and not having a working 105 has put a bit of a crimp on business. I shot with it for about 10 minutes before figuring out the aperture problem. I've been waiting two weeks for the replacement.
April 14, 2011
Amazing lens with great clarity
I got this 105mm Nikkor lens a couple years ago and absolutely love it. It is great for portraits, landscapes, and a number of other subjects. This lens is amazing.
April 14, 2011
It is a pleasure use this lens.
It is possible obtain great and super details !
April 14, 2011
That lense is so great for portrait and head shoot in sport
April 14, 2011
Without any doubts
i just want to say that this is the best Closed up Lense i have ever seen and use i totally recomend it worth every cent
December 24, 2010
Great macro lens
I purchased this lens back when I was still shooting with my Nikon D70 so it has been in my bag a long time. I find the lens a great general purpose macro lens that really comes in handy when you don't want to get "that" close to your subject.
Even on an FX body, this lens fills the sensor from corner to corner.
November 18, 2010
Not Only A Great Micro but Excellent for Portraits
I originally got this lens for Micro work, which it excels at but soon discovered its also takes outstanding portraits. The face or faces are in perfect focus and the background is creamy smooth!
September 24, 2010
Great Macro and long walkaround lens
If you can get past the minor focus-breathing (Only relevant if you do really tight macro shots) then this lens is a winner.
Solid feel, superb optics. Fast A/F. I really love this lens for all my detail work and the unexpected shot happening several yards away.
September 22, 2010
The Best bet for Close-up Nature shots
This Nikkor is the truly professional lens unit. Outer barrel is made of metal, very sturdy, giving pleasant feel to anyone holding it.
Thanks to SWM and IF design, nothing in the exterior moves and and I can use manual focusing even during AF operation, the focusing speed is significantly improved from the older sibling. The only drawback from this design is the change of Field of View when you focus, wider FoV when focusing closer, this would be annoying to the serious close-up shooters, but I don't bother.
Put that aside, the image quality is superb in terms of resolution and contrast as all Micro-NIKKORs do. You can even use widest aperture and get razor-sharp image that no one could offer. On top of that, it can also handle farther subjects as well, with the smooth out-of-focus area rendition, it could be used in portraiture too.
The VR in this unit is designated as VRII, seriously, I can shoot at 1/20 sec and can get sharp images around half of the attempts. Now I can walk around and just shoot in almost all lighting situations, without tripods.
If you desire to shoot Nature subjects esp. flowers and some larger critters, this is the lens for you.
September 20, 2010
I've been using this lens for a few years on my D70, D200, and D700. It is my favorite portrait lens, but not an everyday walk around lens because of it weight and size.
I echo those who commented on its sharpness and quick focusing ability. In addition to that, the VR feature is an excellent bonus if you shoot free-hand from a distance. The lens also produces true color ranges, espcecially when shooting under natural available light. I've blown up portrait images as large as 20"x26" shot with the lens on my D70. The image quality is impressive and unbelievable. It is more impressive on a D700.
The lens works perfectly on both DX and FX bodies, sharp and quick. However, I believe the focus hunting is a symptom of initial mechanical problem. My lens response was almost instantaneous when I got it, quick and quiet. But after years of useage, it starts to hunt. After Isent it out for repair, it works like a champ again. Sharp, Fast, and Quiet. No more hunting. Highly recommended.
September 13, 2010
Excellent and sharp focus
I upgraded to this lens from the 60mm 2.8D because I wanted to increase my working range. I selected this lens over the impressive 200mm because of it's fast focus. This is the first lens I purchased with VR, and that is a trend I will continue!
Formally, I felt like "old fashioned" technique was the way to go, but these new lenses that Nikon are coming out with are phenomenal!
September 11, 2010
Never Ceases to Amaze me !!!
I've had this lens for a few years now. It does just about anything I want it to and does it perfectly !! A Super Micro to Field work. Tis one of the best lenses I have.
September 9, 2010
Have been using Nikon professional equipment for over thirty years. Have had this new macro lens two months. It is the sharpest, most versatile, creative, Nikon lens I have ever used.
I now shoot with a D-300, have the Nikkor 17-55 F 2.8 IF-ED DX, Nikkor AF-S 70-200 F 2.8 IF-ED VR, and now the Nikkor 105 F 2.8G VR (N) Macro. The new macro stays on my camera.
A real must for any creative photographer.
August 28, 2010
I've had this for a little over a month and can't believe the kind of images I'm getting. Contrast and sharpness are great, and bokeh is like butter. Yes, the AF tends to hunt a bit, but the limiter switch helps, as does the manual override. If you've never shot with glass like this (which I had not) the depth of field when the lens is wide open will take some getting used to. I'm shooting with a D90 and had debated going for the less expensive (and slower) 85mm, but am very glad I didn't. Overall an excellent purchase.
August 27, 2010
This lens is on my camera nearly 90% of the time. I absolutely love it!
August 17, 2010
This lens is fantastic. It is what you dream of when buying a lens. I love using this not only for product shots/macro but also for portraits. I love everything about this lens.
I like this a little more than the 60 2.8 macro as your working distance is a little further back. I also like using this for reproduction work because it seems like it's a little easier to get everything squared up.
August 14, 2010
I love this lens.
I have yet to use a perfect lens but this lens has done everything I have asked of it. And if I get less than acceptable results, well, the fault is most likely the operator, not the equipment. I have a d700 and can't say enough about that body...but back to the lens. Practically speaking, the lens is very easy to use, well balanced on my camera and produces very sharp results. I find it quite versatile, shooting close-ups, portraits and family gatherings.
August 11, 2010
I am very pleased with this lens. I also own the 24-70mm and use both on my D300 but the picture at most crisp when using the 105mm. The color and contrast are very pleasing. I agree with Larry when he says in his review that it "hunts" for focus at times...but it doesn't happen too often. And, even if a little hunting is present, is it not worth it when you have a great contrasty picture in the end? That's what it's about. Thumbs up!
August 7, 2010