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

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

The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is the most recent member of the Nikon macro lens lineup. It substitutes the AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, an obsolete but popular and reputed lens. 

 

Handling

The Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a very plump and heavy lens. In contrast to its precursor, the diameter was enlarged by 1cm and weight increased by 40%. This landed it among the largest of its kind. Like the name signifies, the Nikkor is a function lens with a minimum focus expanse of 0.31m resultant in a maximum object enlargement of 1:1 and a functioning space of minimum 15cm. At 1:1, the maximum opening drops to f/4.8, a typical aspect of an internal focusing (IF) macro lens. The adjusted opening value is shown in the viewfinder.

 

Build quality

The lens build quality is very good owing to an external tub made of metal. The wide, rubberized focus band works smoothly but it is not restrained. Different from its precursor, it’s a "genuine" internal focusing lens, which means that it does not spread out in the course of focusing - this is a rare but very welcome attribute for a macro lens of this focal length group. Distinctive for all internal focusing lenses, the forward-facing element doesn’t revolve so making use of a polarizer is no issue.

 

The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED boasts a silent-movement AF drive that responds quickly and is very quiet in operation. The D200 AF appears a bit inclined to shooting with this lens hence it is mostly a good thought to exploit the in-built focus limiter while utilizing the lens for non-macro commitments.

 

An innovative key attribute is the vibration reduction (VR II) tool with a competence equal to 4 f-stops headed for eternity focus. An exciting innovative technology utilized on the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is "Nano Crystal Covering" on the back optical component. NCC is invented to remove internal lens replications. There is a conforming "N" symbol made on the lens for this.

 

Vignetting

The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a full mount lens therefore enjoying a sweet place performance on the D200. Nevertheless, it still displays a temperate level of vignetting at gaping opening. From f/4 upwards, the issue is insignificant. Vignetting is no problem at extremely close focus spaces.

Nikon filled numerous innovative features into the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. The most noticeable one is perhaps the latest IF design hence the physical measurement of the lens stays constant irrespective of the focus setting. Other than that Nikon applied vibration reduction and a fairly fast quiet-wave AF drive having efficiency equal to 4 f-stops.

 

When it comes to performance, the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is capable of beating its very respectable predecessor by a significant margin. The resolution is outstanding straight from the maximum opening setting and the highest performance is achieved between f/4 and f/5.6. Usual for a macro lens, the Nikkor is practically without distortions and vignetting is commonly nothing to worry about. 

  • Pros:
    Very sharp No distortion Compact Optically stabilized
  • Cons:
    Pricey
Our score:
4 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is manufactured by Nikon and was added in December 2014 in the Camera Lenses section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
  • The best price of the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED in Australia is $866.00 at Camerasky
  • In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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