The 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor lens has long been a classic choice for 35mm film macro, close-up and even portrait photography. On DX format (APS-C) digital cameras it further expanded its preference among Nikonians. In February 2006, Nikon announced its engineers had further enhanced it. This announcement was just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International Show. We had an opportunity to try it at the show in Orlando, Florida. "Further enhanced" turned out to be quite an understatement.
"Sorry for interrupting. Could I try out the new 105mm VR lens on my camera?"
After ungluing his eyes from my Nikonians cap, the demonstrator at the huge Nikon stand counter replied: "Yes", with a huge smile in his face.
"And let me assist you in your test." He handed the lens to me and extracted from his pocket a one dollar legal tender note of the Federal Reserve of the United States of America to hold in front on my camera.
Nikon D2X, 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 250, Center-Weighted metering, SB-800 on i-TTL.
"Now, go for full 1:1 macro"
Nikon D2X, 1/60 sec, f/4.8, ISO 250, Center-Weighted metering, SB-800 on i-TTL, lens switched to manual.
I said "Thank you" after chimping and quickly left for our own booth. Somebody else at the counter said "Man! That was quick!" The attendant: "These Nikonians really know what they are doing". "Good salesman" was my thought.
Back home, I found this to be the upper left corner of the wrinkled bill. It shows splendid resolution and contrast, even when handheld and not so perpendicular to the sensor plane.
You may click on any of the unretouched images for an enlarged view.
More articles that might interest you