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
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
An excellent lens, near perfection
Having just purchased this lens and reading all the reviews I would think there is nothing else to say but there is. Some say the VR does not work well, it does. Some say it searches to much...(that is macro photography). It is great in all respects.
1. Put it on continuous focus.
2. Set the focus tracking. Just as if I were tracking a bird or lion.
3. I choose my f stop and all other factors
Then when the breeze blows the subject it will not fire until it hits focus, then I get 3 or 4 frames of the subject. I still use my D700 and I will continue to for a time at least. They both are great together and so is the Nikon Capture NX2 editing program.
March 7, 2015
Great Portrait Lens in Addition to Micro
This micro lens is also a superior and professional portrait lens. It is constructed quite well, provides great color, and yields terrific contrast. Below is a portrait taken indoors with a Nikon D800 camera body and a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight. The image was taken with a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/5.6, an ISO of 450, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
November 24, 2014
The best macro out there.
I've been a Nikon user and a fan for years. This is a superior macro lens. The quality and clarity of the shots I've taken with it are wonderful.
October 23, 2014