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The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: micro, makro, 105mm, nikkor, lenses, nikon, pma, bokeh

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The 105mm f/2.8G IF ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor not only benefits from a revised lens formula, with internal focusing (IF), extra-low dispersion (ED) glass for chromatic aberration control, vibration reduction (VR II) for handholding and the swift and quiet focusing speed of Silent Wave AF-S, but also from nano crystal technology for glare elimination.

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The 105mm f/2.8G IF ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor



Below, a comparison with the previous model:


105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor
New Model
Previous Model
Lens type
Lens Construction
14 elements in 12 groups
9 elements in 8 groups
Diagonal Picture Angle
23° 20' on 35mm full frame
15° 20' on Nikon DX format
23° 20' on 35mm full frame
15° 20' on Nikon DX format
Minimum Focusing Distance
35 cm - 13.8 in
31cm - 12.2 in
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Diaphragm number of blades
Attachment / Filter Size
3.3 x 4.5 in - 83 x 116mm
3 x 4.1 in - 76 x 104mm
790 grams - 27.9 oz
560 grams - 19.7 oz
Nikon Lens Hood
Street price when new (USD)


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If you are into macro, close-up and portrait photography, this is the lens to have. Of course there are less pricey alternatives, but it is currently impossible to have another lens with the same features and performance quality of this one.

Nikonians Image Doctors also visited the Nikon stand for the same purpose.

Just to show that it also has an outstanding performance as a portrait lens, Nikonian Jason Odell posed for Nikonian Rick Walker for this sample portrait.

The 9 blade diaphragm bokeh is most pleasanlty evident.

Will I buy this lens? Yes, and probably sooner than later. NAS goes back into high gear.

Have a great time Smiley emoticon


UPDATE: I got it! Having fun with images like this.


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Originally written on November 13, 2012

Last updated on August 29, 2016

J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
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User on June 3, 2014

The Nikon 105 is actually a f2.8 however only at distances 10ft and over. As with most macro lenses the closer you focus the more your light drops off and you 2.8 becomes less. At 1:1 you will be around f4 or f4.8. That is the way the lenses work to focus so close. So it isn't a constant f2.8 lens except for portrait work and such. Doesn't matter if you use Tokina, Sigma, Tamron or any such macro...all the same.

User on June 3, 2014

I studied, reviewed, searched out and tried the Sigma 105mm 2.8 OS macro Tokina 100mm f2.8Macro and the Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR. I have the Tokina 11-16 F2.8 and quite like the lens so leaned that way a lot especially when you see the price. After much soul searching I paid the price and got the Nikon 105. I am very pleased with the lens and feel it is worth the extra price for excellent build quality, VR and internal focusing. The other item is the Nikon lenses always work with future Nikon Cameras without any problems. Third party lenses may not. I am very pleased with the photos I m getting from this lens and am learning to use it more each day. It has become one of my favorite lenses in my bag.

Marcelo Paganucci (mpaganuc) on November 21, 2013

Hi, i have this lens and really outstanding, but i have one question, the max. aperture in my D3s is F 3.0 and not F2.8 is that right?

User on May 21, 2013

Awesome Ruda blossom image, sir! I'm researching the Micro Nikkors, as I may want to start out with either the 40 or the 60...(I don't do insects, so not overly concerned with close focus distance...just sharpness.) Thanks again! Steve

Rick Jobson (Rickjobson) on January 9, 2013

Have just bought the 105 .....first few pics, simply brilliant. Big step up from my old 60mm micro and 55mm manual macro lens.

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