Nikon 105mm f2.8 AF-S VR ED G Macro lens – Full Review

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  1. Thank you for this., I have been contemplating replacing my old 55mm Micro Nikor (pre ai) with something a little more modern. Seems like the image quality is still there. I will welcome the additional working room as well I imagine.

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  2. Is this a good lens? How much is this lens if I buy it from a Nigerian company in Lagos Nigeria 🇳🇬? Abel, my Nigerian contact said he could get any Nikon lens I want as long as I transfer him $10,000 US dollars in a holding bank, Abel says he is worried about not getting paid and the $10K IS A GOOD faith loan. Abel is promising 35% off retail, no catch.

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  3. probably the worst value macro lens on the market right now. third party options like tokina, tamron and laowa are much sharper and cheaper. i went with a tamron for the VR and autofocus because it doubles as a portrait lens for me, but something like the laowa 100mm is sharper, cheaper, has almost no CA and give 2X magnification. nikon definitely need to update this lens.

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  4. Love JK Lens stuff.
    This is my favorite lens out of the bag. 
    Boy, is it heavy. I have to spread the tripod legs wide most of the time to prevent it from toppling over with my D850 or D750 attached…

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  5. The first macro lenses I have used are Sony 90mm and 50mm. I’m under the impression that macro lens tends to hunt. I recently bought an used Nikon Df and this 105mm AF-S macro also used. I’m pleasantly surprised by how fast and quite to focus, better than Sony 90mm. The only thing I need to get use to is the focus ring is kind of dull, a bit difficult to get precisely. Manually set the focus to desired distance and move the body to focus works fine. The other thing I can’t figure out is the aperture will automatically change from 2.8 to 3 and won’t allow me to change back to 2.8, sometimes it would be 3.2 or higher! Anyhow, my copy is an old version made in Japan, very solid but a bit heavy to hold, glad it has VR. I’m very happy with the lens.

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  6. Another lens to look at as an alternative is the Tamron f017 SP 90mm f/2.8 VC macro. Its a little sharper, has a better built full metal construction, a better focus limiter with 3 positions, Better VC which is also customizable with the TAP in console which also allows for very good AF adjustment, and it has better coatings and better weather/dust sealing. It also has a slightly different character with more saturation and contrast. And it's only $650.

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  7. Thanks for your review. I own the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 and purchased it on sale new for under $330.00. Works brilliantly. Sometimes wish I hadn't turned down a used 200mm f/4 macro at a good price, but I don't do enough macro to make that worth my while just yet. The one down side to the Tokina is that you can't use the D850s focus shift feature (if you want to use that) as it is not a Nikon Prime which at last look was the requirement. Also has excellent color rendition. Overall, the Tokina provides excellent optics for the price.

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  8. This is the only Nikon lens that I’ve ever purchased new. I suppose one of the older macro lenses might do the trick, but as I like to do my macro photography while walking through a park or a garden I enjoy the VR ,lovely bokeh and don’t have the hassle of carrying a tripod!

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  9. A great Lens.
    Pity the focus breathing messes up stacking for product work.
    I hate ring lights – the R1C1 is far superior. Other makers have cheaper copies now…

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  10. I picked this lens up two weeks ago for use with both my Nikon F100 and Z7. Very impressed so far. It's not the sharpest 105 mm (I have the 105mm f/1.4 for that) but it's gorgeous stopped down. Thanks for the video, much appreciated.

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  11. Hello again and thanks for a great lens review. The only point I would like to make is that I exchanged my "D" 105mm lens for the new AF_S VR lens, having bought a D850. I wanted the new lens to do some fancy, in camera focus stacking. I began to regret this decision almost instantly. I really miss the colour rendition in the "D" lens and its "warmth". I have stuck with the new lens however, but if I were to start again, it would be the D lens every time (or if Nikon could accommodate the D lens for in camera focus stacking!). Love these videos, please keep them coming. Regards Robert

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  12. Just bought the 60mm f2.8 D recently to not only do macro photography but to potentially digitize film with it (between what I am doing now and what my parents did decades ago). What are your thoughts on the ES-2 attachment from Nikon and are there any good/cheaper alternatives? Thanks JKL!

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  13. I might be wrong but my understanding is that VR is pretty useless for actual macro so I’m not sure it’s a big advantage on the lens. I went with the Tokina for about $300 and am very happy with it.

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