Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat Review

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Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

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  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Enlightenment 'N' (Nano Crystal Coat)
  5. Assembly
  6. Aperture Features
  7. Stabilizer
  8. Focusing
  9. Image quality
  10. Sample Photos
  11. My personal experience with the lens
  12. Prices
  13. Results
  14. User Comments
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Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro on camera Nikon D3200... The lens is so "chubby" that the bottom of the small camera does not reach the ground.

In short

Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (short name - Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro) - excellent lens, one of the best macro lenses in the Nikon Nikkor line. Also, this is one of the best Nikon Nikkor lenses I've ever shot.

Perhaps only the Nikon 200mm 1: 4D ED AF Micro Nikkor may in some cases be better than the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR, but the latter has a number of useful modern technologies.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

History

Below I have given evolutionary list of Nikon (Nippon) Nikkor macro lenses... Initially, I included lenses of the 135/4 class, which later evolved (or were replaced) to a shorter focal length of 105 mm. Unfortunately, 135mm macro lenses are no longer available.

  1. Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-Q 1: 4 f = 13.5cm, a rangefinder lens that with the help of the NIPPON KOGAKU F BR1 can turn it into a macro lens for cameras with Nikon F mount. It has been produced since 1959. It is a very rare collection lens, considered the first Nikkor lens with a focal length of about 100 mm, which was used for macro -shooting.
  2. Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-Q 1: 4 f = 135mm, updated previous version with a different spelling of the name.
  3. Nippon Kogaku Japan Nikkor-P 1: 4 f = 105mm, the first macro lens with a focal length of 105 mm. Developed in 1969, produced from 1970 to 1974. Actually, this lens is not a “lens” in the usual sense. It does not have a focusing mechanism and focusing distance scale. To work with the lens, it is imperative to use macro fur. Very few of these lenses have been produced.
  4. Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1: 4, the so-called K version (not AI, but with a new body design), the first “real” Nikon Nikkor macro lens with a similar focal length. To achieve 1: 1 magnification, an optional Nikon PN-1 Extension Ring had to be used. Produced from May 1975 to 1977.
  5. Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1: 4, AI version. Produced from 1977 to 1981, optically the same as the 'K' version. Maximum magnification ratio without macro rings - 1: 2.
  6. Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1: 4, AI-S version. Produced from September 1981 to March 1983, optically the same as the 'AI' version. Maximum magnification ratio without macro rings - 1: 2.
  7. Nikon UV-Nikkor 105mm 1: 4.5, AI-S version. The optics are made of special quartz glass. A unique lens that does not have a difference in focus position for the ordinary and ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. Produced since April 1985, the time for the termination of production is unknown. Maximum magnification without macro rings - 1: 2.
  8. Nikon Medical-Nikkor 120mm (M = 1/11) 1: 4, a rare macro lens intended for use in medicine. It was produced from 1981 to 1998.
  9. Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8, AI-S version. It was produced since March 1983, the end time of production is unknown. The first Nikkor 105 / 2.8 class macro lens. Maximum magnification without macro rings - 1: 2.
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8, the first autofocus version of such lenses, introduced in June 1990 and produced until 1993, was later developed to a 'D' version. This is the first Micro Nikkor lens that can focus at 1: 1 magnification without the need for additional accessories.
  11. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8D (MKII), the second autofocus version, the optical design is exactly the same as the previous version. Added the ability to transmit the focus distance to the camera. You can see an overview of this lens. here.
  12. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat, the version shown in this review. The lens is not at all like previous versions. It was introduced in February 2006. There are 3 sub-versions: 'Made in Japan' (2006-2009), 'Made in China' (2010->) and 'Made in China, for USA' (2010->).

As you can see, the hero of my review, Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro, has a large family tree. Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR is fundamentally different from all previous lenses, which can be seen even in its long name. Unlike all previous models, Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR uses fully internal focusing, optic nanocrystalline antireflection, a built-in ultrasonic focusing motor, a built-in image stabilizer, has no aperture control ring, has an M / A mode (constant access to the focus ring), uses ED elements, can use a bayonet type hood and weighs more than anyone else.

In fact, there are only two Nikon Nikkor autofocus "macro hundreds", they are Nikon 105mm f / 2.8G VR and Nikon 105mm f / 2.8D, and if you choose between them, then almost everything points in favor of the new Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro on Nikon D3200

Main technical characteristics of Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat:

Review Instance Name Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat 22225050
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • AF S (built in Auto Focus motor) - built-in focusing motor
  • G (Gelded) - no aperture control ring, focus distance transmission to the camera
  • ED (Extra low dispersion) - the use of special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • SWM (Silent wave motor) - silent wave (ultrasonic) focusing motor
  • IF (Internal focusing) - internal focusing
  • M / A (autofocus with manual override) - auto focus with manual control priority
  • N (Nano crystal coat) - nanocrystalline antireflection optics (most likely only some lenses)
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • RD (Rounded Diaphragm) - rounded petals aperture
  • Golden ring - gold ring near the front lens
  • VR (Vibration reduction) - Built-in IS, uses second generation VR II
  • Rubber basket (Rubber lens mount seal) - dustproof and waterproof mount seal
  • Limiter focusing distance (Full ∞-0.5m)
  • Micro 1: 1 - the ability to shoot with an increase of 1: 1 (macro mode)
  • Listed professional equipment Nikon NPS
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 105 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 157,5 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this fix lens, it does not have a zoom).
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon FX
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Tags a window with a focusing distance in meters and feet, as well as with magnification marks from 1:10 to 1: 1. There is a bayonet mount tag, a mounting and fixing tag for the hood.
Diaphragm from F / 2.8 to F / 32 during focusing to infinity; from F / 4.8 to F / 57 during focusing on MDF. The lens does not have an aperture ring (G - lens type)
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.314 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
The weight 720/790 g. The weight of the lens depends on the year of manufacture.
Optical design 14 elements in 12 groups. The circuit includes 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow in the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the case with the abbreviation 'ED'. Also, some elements have nanocrystalline coating. Unfortunately, the position of these elements / element is not indicated on the optical diagram.Optical design Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR MicroThe image of the optical circuit is clickable.
Lens hood Nikon HB-38 (included in the package)
Transportation With a soft case CL-1020 (included in the delivery set)
Manufacturer country MADE In China (At the same time, the first lenses were produced in Japan from 2006 to 2009)
Period From February 22, 2006 to the present day (at least until the winter of 2016)
Instruction (multilingual) Download
Price

An interesting macro lens for Nikon DX cameras was introduced in October - Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1, whose optical design is very similar to the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR, and is most likely a rework. The macro lens for Nikon DX is 20mm shorter, darker (F / 3.5 versus F / 2.8), without 'N'-coating and not included in the list of professional lenses.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Assembly

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR is made very high quality. The lens body is metallic, with a metal bayonet mount, but with a plastic thread for filters. Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR belongs to the professional line of Nikon Nikkor lenses and proudly wears a gold ring on its body.

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR case has a characteristic rough surface, in the hands it feels like a very solid thing.

The bayonet side is rubber compressor, which protects the mount of the bayonet mount (but not the entire lens) from dust and moisture. In more detail the issue of security lenses Nikon Nikkor described here.

Important: From the moment the lens was announced until 2009, Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR lenses were manufactured in Japan, but from 2009 to the present day they have been made in China. The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR version from this review, unfortunately, is made in China. Usually, all Nikon Nikkor professional lenses are made in Japan.

Important: Depending on the year of manufacture, the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR sub-versions have different weights. The maximum weight of the lens under-version is 790 grams, the minimum is 720 grams.

The body has a bayonet mount mark and a mark for quick installation and fixing of the hood. The lens uses a Nikon HB-38 plastic hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focusing ring is completely lost (see photo of the lens).

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR comes with a CL-1020 soft case, and the lens itself comes in a huge cardboard box with a characteristic Nikon paint job.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro, rear lens

Stabilizer

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro is the only Micro-Nikkor FX macro lens (early 2016) to have built-in VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. According to the instructions, the stabilizer can compensate 4 stops by shutter speed. In numerical terms, this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 16 times longer than what a lens without a stabilizer requires.

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro stabilization system applies to second generationwith 'VR' written on the lens barrel redcommon to the first Nikkor lenses with Image Stabilizer. Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro (February 2006) became the third prime lens with image stabilization among all Nikon Nikkor lenses, the first being Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm 1: 2.8G ED VR (September 2004) and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm 1: 2G ED VR (July 2004). I want to note that the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro appeared 3 years earlier than Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1: 2.8 L IS USM.

Please note that the instructions for the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro lens indicate 4 stops of compensation (measured by Nikon and only during focusing from infinity to 1:30 magnification), and the official website 3 stops (measurements by CIPA).

To enable / disable the stabilizer on the lens there 'VR ON / OFF' switch. The lens can track the movement of the camera while shooting panoramas. Unlike some other lenses, the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro does not have a stabilizer mode switch.

In practice, the effectiveness of the stabilizer drops dramatically as the focusing distance decreases. When working on an MDF (with a magnification ratio of 1: 1), the work of the stabilizer is felt many times worse than when focusing at infinity. The same drop in the efficiency of the stabilizer is observed with a similar lens in the legion of competitors - Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1: 2.8 L IS USM.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro on the camera Nikon D3200 with hood installed

Enlightenment 'N' (Nano Crystal Coat)

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro boasts an 'N' letter on its body. 'N' stands for 'Nano Crystal Coat' - nanocrystalline optical coating. Such enlightenment allows you to cope well with glare and flare, and also creates excellent color reproduction. Most likely only one of the lenses (the latest, which is located on the bayonet side) has an 'N'-enlightenment. The rest of the lenses have a classic SIC enlightenment (Nikon Super Iintegrated Coating - special super integral enlightenment).

It is unfortunate that Nikon does not indicate the number of lenses in the optical circuit that have such enlightenment. I, like some other users, believe that the letter 'N' is put more for marketing.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro Lens Switches

Focusing

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro focuses quietly thanks to 'SWM'-motor (Silent Wbird Motor - quiet wave motor) and refers to the lens'AF S'type (with built-in motor focusing), and therefore it will automatically focus on any Nikon digital SLR camera.

The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR has an optional 'Full ∞-0.5m' switch that acts as a focusing distance limiter. The '∞' sign means infinity. The limiter switch is slightly smaller than the focus mode and stabilizer activity switches.

  • In the 'Full' position, automatic focusing is available over the entire range of distances - from ∞ to 0.314 meters.
  • In the '∞-0.5m' position, auto focus is available in the range from 50 cm to ∞.

Note that during manual focus, the limiter does not work.

Auto focus speed is fast, but still full lens travel during refocusing from infinity to MDF and back when the focus limiter is set to 'Full' takes a long time. The lens cannot instantly focus from infinity to MDF.

On cameras D700 и Nikon D3200 in the focus range of ∞-0.5m, the lens focuses tenaciously and does not release objects from the field of sharpness. At short focusing distances with focus and accuracy, things are much worse, but this is not a big problem for those who are seriously involved in macro photography.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Iinternal Focus' - 'Inner Focus'.

The minimum focusing distance is only 31.4 cm, while you can shoot Macro with 1: 1 magnification.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR has a window with a scale of distances in meters and feet, as well as a scale with a magnification ratio. There is even a depth of field scale, but only for F / 32. But on the label to work in the infrared spectrum saved.

In manual focus mode, the ring rotates about 235 degrees, when it reaches the extreme positions it does not rest, but continues to slide, without affecting the focus. Manual focus is easy.

On the lens housing you can find focus switch 'M / A - M'. In the 'M / A' position, auto focus works with constant manual focus priority. The 'M / A' mode is very convenient and useful - for manual focusing or focus correction, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to the 'M' mode.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro suffers very much 'Focus breathing'- change in viewing angle during focusing. Suffers so much that you need to get used to guessing how the viewing angle will change during focusing. Briefly, during focusing from infinity towards the MDF, the real focal length increases, which leads to a decrease in the viewing angle. The focal length indicated on the lens body and equal to 105 mm, corresponds to reality only when the lens is focused at infinity. An increase in focal length also entails a decrease in the relative aperture and a weakening of the stabilization system. This behavior is common to most (most, if not all) macro lenses.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro with hood in transport mode

Diaphragm

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro uses a 9-blade aperture. The aperture blades are rounded, which allows you to get enough for any value of the number F flat aperture.

Please note that Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro may use F / 2.8 only while focusing on infinityas soon as the focusing distance decreases, the aperture value increases. During focusing on MDF, the maximum relative aperture is 1: 4.8. Also, the maximum F-number rises to which the aperture blades can be closed from F / 32 to F / 57.

If you visually observe what happens during focusing, you can see that when focusing on infinity, the aperture blades are hidden, and the hole is formed by the inner frame of the case. When focusing towards MDF begins, the aperture blades begin to slowly close, their closure is automatic and depends on the position of the focus ring. Let me remind you that focusing through JVI always occurs at full aperture, the aperture closes to the set value only when shooting or turning on Live View.

Other macro lenses with which I had to deal with behave in a similar manner.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Dimensions of the huge Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro lens and Nikon D3200 camera crumbs

Image quality

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro picture quality everything is fine. Sharpness already with an open aperture, almost zero distortion, nice bokeh, small chromatic aberration, moderate vignetting on full frame camera, good resistance to side and backlight.

Of the shortcomings, I would single out only strong friging (the color of contrasting details in purple and green in the blur zone).

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Sample Photos

All photos were taken on the camera Nikon D3200 (24 MP, in terms of full frame - 54 MP). In the gallery below, all photos are on-camera JPEG.

JPEG source files ('.JPG') can be downloaded at this link (33 photos, 345 Mb). RAW source files ('.NEF') can be download from this link (36 photos, 734 Mb).

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM

Sizes of "hundred" Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro and "fifty dollars" Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM

My experience

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR is a very good lens. The first impression - 'what a whopper it is, and even so heavy'. The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR is one of the best lenses I've ever shot and I've tried quite a few of them.

For me, it turned out to use 105mm f / 2.8 VR for macro photography is much more convenient than Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat.

It is often believed that the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR can be used as a good portrait lens. For a portrait, of course, it is suitable, but it is much better for this business to use a specialized portrait lens. Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1: 2 D Defocus Image Control with the same focal length. I am a big fan of shooting people, especially portraits, with macro lenses, but this time I did not have enough time and health to properly drive the Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR in public. Why macro lenses are not particularly suitable for portraiture, you can read here or see here. Write your impressions of this lens as a portrait portrait in the comments. My recommendations for choosing a portrait lens can be found here.

In general, macro photography is a very complex matter. Even with a super-cool lens like this Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR, it's sometimes hard to get a good shot. Many users often rely on the idea of ​​macro photography, but as it comes down to it, there are a lot of disappointments due to a series of difficulties. First of all, difficulties are associated with a small depth of field and a constant lack of light when shooting with a closed aperture, the stabilizer in this lens will not change things.

Those who do not want to overpay for a stabilizer, 'N' -coating, built-in focusing motor and other innovations can easily get by with not so expensive, but super-quality Tokina Macro 100 F2.8 D AT-X PRO N / AIS or Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8D.

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro

Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro length with lens hood

Prices

You can see the real prices of the lens in popular online stores, as well as buy a lens here, or in the price block below.

All autofocus MICRO / MC NIKKOR lenses

Z-mount FX:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1: 2.8 S
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S

F-mount FX:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 50 mm 1:2.8 R-UW
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  4. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  5. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  7. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  8. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  9. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

F-mount DX:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1

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The Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro is a great professional macro lens. I consider it the best-in-class Nikon lens with this focal length.

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Comments: 262, on the topic: Review of Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat

  • Vladimir

    Good evening comrades!
    I choose a macro lens for shooting portraits and eyes (cool plan)
    Please tell me how much the Nikon AF 105mm f / 2.8D Micro-Nikkor is inferior in picture quality (detail, sharpness) to the 105mm 1: 2.8G lens
    the second one has a stabilizer, whether it will save a lot in macro mode and whether it is needed in good light (I’m going to shoot my eyes in the daytime, either outdoors or in the light from the window, as well as portraits)
    It's just that in the used segment the first one is cheaper by at least 20t.r)
    Avaricious pays twice or the first is not much inferior?

    • Hermann

      "Also, this is one of the best Nikon Nikkor lenses I've ever shot." I was impressed by the above in a perfectly detailed review. Respect to the author, works out one hundred percent! Nothing personal. I also try at work. Yesterday I decided to buy. Tested in the store. I took 100 pictures with different parameters and fantasies. Carefully analyzed at home on a computer. Definitely a disappointment! From the declared characteristics, like to the moon. The author writes: "Sharpness from the open aperture, almost zero distortion, pleasant bokeh, small chromatic aberrations, moderate vignetting on a full-frame camera, good resistance to side and backlight." Sharpness - nothing outstanding, just like my stock zoom (24-70 f2,8). The fact that it is uniform over the entire area is yes, but mediocre. For a portrait it will do, but for a "subject" or "macro" will need to "twist". Zero distortion seems to be yes. "Nice bokeh" - very blurry with a sharp transition, for an amateur. I did not like. Chromatic aberrations, which should not be there at all, flaunt in all their glory. Strong vignetting! (The camera was used by FF). Resistance to lateral and counter - like yes. The copy offered to me showed a decent and stable "Front Focus". And in general it seemed to me "dark"! In reality, when shooting “macro” f he has 3,2 - you can immediately feel it when shooting “insects” in thickets of grass in natural light. So, for a macro, “dark, for a portrait, a sharp transition to blur is associated with rough Gaussian blur. Thus: “not here and not there”! Here is such a “calico”, and this is a top-end fix for 60 kilo rubles ?! With a great deal of confidence, I suppose that the result of the “Chinese assembly for Russia” is obvious and I promise not to consider it under any sauce for the future, which is what I wish for you.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        1. The opinion that I get paid for reviews is wrong.
        2. A store test for 100 frames also has a place to be.
        3. The real aperture in T numbers is always less when focusing on MDF in any macro lens. The same Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8 (MKI) there is a change in the number F when changing the focusing distance.
        Anyway, thanks for the comment.

        • Hermann

          Arkady, I appreciate your reviews and recommend it to everyone as the most detailed, competent, with good examples. I ask you to consider my comment as a forced addition, taking into account current realities and exclusively as a reproach to the manufacturer - in this case Nikon. This is not only my opinion. It developed, unfortunately, from the experience of purchasing Nikon equipment in late 2017 - early 2018. It consists in the fact that Nikon has entrusted its production to Chinese "comrades", whether intentionally or not - this is an open question, which has led to a significant decrease in quality, especially recently - (2017-18). , ceased to be so. But the price is still top-notch! I believe that this should be discussed directly and without compromise. By the way, this situation applies to absolutely all eminent "Brands" that have placed their production in China. Personally, I believe that this was done deliberately and on purpose in order to reduce the cost of production of goods for countries from the former USSR and some other countries of the “lower” grade, as they believe, because there “they will buy anyway, because they don't know better ”.
          Regards to you personally, Herman.

          • DmitryK

            This is generally hellish evil.
            I think older readers / writers remember the quality of Japanese electronics and technology with the brand Made in Japan from the 80s and 90s of the last century.
            It was in Japan full of manufacturers of photo / video equipment and household type televisions, radio tape recorders and video recorders with music centers.
            We gave everything to China ... And where are these manufacturers now? Where is the vaunted Japanese quality?
            Why is Samsung everywhere?

            • Dmitry (Moscow)

              Also a bit of a delusion. I have in my hands more than 10 kopecks of K, Ai and Ai-S of different years, starting from 1978. So, only 3 were really good: 50/2 1978, 1.4 Ai-S of the late 80s and 50 / 1.2 from the last episodes of the early 2000s. At the same time, the other 50 / 1.2 - turned out to be very weak, with the software on open. Most of these 1.2s are just that. This “Japanese quality” was like that. They always had it "walked". Modern, Chinese, more equal, oddly enough. But the constructive has become very nasty, it's true: the plastic is of poor quality. After a year of operation, expensive zooms look like a shabby cat! Some of the optical characteristics of the new Nikon samples are shameful: for example, the vignetting and distortion of the new 24-70 is greater than the previous one! For example, 100-400 for system Z - it has a worse vignette than the Ai 300 / 4.5 ED, which caused a scandal in the 80s. ... But nothing, now everyone is happy, because there are built-in profiles.

          • Dmitry (Moscow)

            You are mistaken and misjudged this lens. He does not have the usual chromaticity. And those color artifacts that you saw are spherochromatic aberration. My Nikkor 180 ED and other good lenses also have it. You are right that at 2.8 resolution there are no special differences from the old 105 macro. But at F5.6-8 it is higher, which becomes noticeable on cameras of 36 and more megapixels. More than 8 - diffraction spoils everything equally and at 11-16 - again there is no difference. So what's the point then? In the stabilizer, and yet there is no chromaticity. That is, it is much easier to shoot with hands. And if you shoot with a tripod on the F8-22, without AF, you still can. Although, with this - you can stack from 850m at 5.6 - the contrast and detail will be noticeably higher.

  • Alexander

    There is a lot of talk about why such a lens is, the one who does not know why, then he does not need to take out about 50t.rub from his wallet. … I am an amateur photographer (from the word love!) And photography is my favorite thing for my soul, in my free time from work. I shoot with this lens with the D750 camera, just for the soul….

    • Jury

      Alexander, are you by any chance from St. Petersburg?

  • Alexander

    and a little more for the soul….

  • Mik

    I looked at the nef lens files: I have a D3300 in conjunction with the Nikon 85mm 1,8 is much sharper, and the bokeh is the same.

    • lech

      Can I have an example?

  • Jury

    Hello everyone. read the article, and even mastered the comments. There were 2 questions:
    1 - I have Nikon D750 going to buy this lens for macro, but I know that my camera has a filter that supposedly reduces sharpness. The question is - is it really worth starting to do macro with this particular camera? And will it make sense to buy a crop carcass but without a filter.
    2 question - I read that this lens made by Japan is distinguished by better sharpness than its Chinese counterparts. Is it so? Or it depends more on the specific lens.

    • maugli

      Do not pay attention to the absence / presence of this filter, just shoot, you have a great camera.

      • Jury

        Just above Alexander posted a couple of his photos with a lizard - the photos are undeniably beautiful, very beautiful, but this is not a macro, but I want straight portraits of insects with their antennae and faceted eyes

        • maugli

          Go to flickr or 35photo.ru and see what pictures people take on this lens. You will understand that this technique can do a lot, the question is the skill of the photographer.

  • Iurii boichenko

    Is it possible to find out how this lens behaves in portraiture? Pliz

  • Alexey

    Good day. Please tell me, can this Objective be used not only for macro photography but also for family photos and nature photos? On the Nikon 3200.?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Good afternoon. Yes, of course you can.

  • Alexey

    Good afternoon! What advise is the flash (specifically for macro shooting) for this lens?

  • anonym

    When buying a 105 mm af-s macro, it is possible to hand over 60 mm af-s macro to the seller and get a discount. Do you think it makes sense to leave both lenses, or can I pass 60 mm with a clear conscience?

  • Elena

    Good afternoon! Faced the fact that when working with micro Nikkor 105 mm in A mode, the exposure meter overexposes the frame by 0.3-0.7 ... Have you encountered such a situation?

    • Robot1524

      Hello! It happens - with different lenses, the automatic will either overestimate or underestimate the exposure. It depends on the properties of a particular lens, in particular, on lens coating.

      • Elena

        Thanks! That is, the lens is working, is everything all right? I checked the diaphragm, it closes correctly. Overexposure occurs with all types of metering

        • bigmc

          Then look at the exposure correction in the camera, have they been put there as a plus?

          • BB

            would you look at the post date ...

            • bigmc

              Even now I will not look at the date of your comment, but I will answer: it’s not useful to this commentator, but to another with a similar problem.

  • anonym

    No lens, to be honest - in conjunction with the Nikon d700, there can be no talk about any sharpness on the MDF, by the way, Helios 44 with rings gives a better result in terms of sharpness and blur. Autofocus is terribly slow and sometimes can't find something to catch on. In general, I dumped a lot of money and regretted it a hundred times ... Do not resell without loss - very specific glass

    • anonym

      Helios 44? Compare with 105mm ?? Yes, and with Nikon? Or you have a cataract or you are just a troll

      • Arthur

        I compare the final result, namely in macro. This Nikon is not suitable for macro

        • Victor

          Your wish will be forwarded to the head office of the company, Nikon specialists will remove the “micro” prefix from the lens name, as well as any mentions from the description regarding macro photography.

  • Anna

    Good afternoon! I received a lens today, the order was via the Internet, that is, without the ability to test. It is embarrassing that the sound of the motor is very audible and a click when it turns on and off. I already have one lens with VR (24-120), the motor can be heard only in complete silence and with an ear. Now all in doubt, what to do, is this the norm or is it better to send it back? How crucial is this? My camera is a D750

    • anonym

      The click probably occurs when the stabilizer is turned on, and not the focus motor

      • Anna

        The click is heard immediately after half-pressing, then the noise of the motor or stabilizer, after full pressing, or if I release the button again, the click and the noise stops. It is difficult to explain, but even in the description of Arkady, SWM (Silent Wave Motor) is indicated - a silent wave (ultrasonic) focusing motor. I'm just wondering if this is a defect or is it permissible, I need to do something about it or leave it as it is ...

        • anonym

          Turn off the stabilizer and listen again, maybe a defect. A stub on some lenses is audibly audible.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Stabilizer clicks on and off

        • Igor

          Anna, good day. Are you still working with this (noisy) lens? Have you asked for repairs? Why I ask, yes, because I have the same problem. The stabilizer clicks when turned on and off and makes a lot of noise. I took a used one. I don't know now what to do then (

          • Dmitry (Moscow)

            Don't do anything. Or sell it if you like. It should make a noticeable noise. The new 70-200 also hums with a stabilizer - but its efficiency is higher.

  • Peter

    To be honest, I was disappointed with the purchase. Took in Germany, but also made in China, and the quality is appropriate. I really do not like friging, just a disaster. Nikkor AF 60 mm 2,8 D gives a much better picture in conjunction with the Nikon D7200.

  • Tassya.Mo

    I take pictures of everything on it)) a portrait portrait is excellent (for those who have doubts), it’s always with me when traveling, my favorite.

  • Alexey

    When I fully press the shutter button and the shutter fires, the picture in the viewfinder seems to tremble and shift a bit, is this a real problem, or is it considered normal? Who also has the same situation?

    • ninja

      this is the work of the stabilizer, all the rules

    • Denis

      Alexey, the shift occurs if the stub is turned on in Active mode (for shooting from a car, etc.). Switch to Normal and you will be happy :)

  • anonym

    'increase memory n150 nikon corp., japan nikon e5600'. with 512 megabytes and as much as possible in technical parameters if possible….

  • Votarist

    What is the best lens in terms of photo quality and performance Nikon 105 mm & Sigma Sigma 105mm F / 2.8 Ex Dg Os Hsm Macro For Nikon? If anyone had these lenses, please write. There is very little plausible information about the Sigma 105 mm, but foreign reviews have good reviews and positive reviews about it.

  • Olga

    Help with a choice: toss between d and g versions 105 f / 2,8. Needed for a high-quality large portrait, possibly a subject. Is it worth doubling over for an older model?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      yes, worth it. A portrait is better than 85 / 1.8G, and a subject (depending on the truth) can be removed for something else.

      • Olga

        The portrait is interested in large and very large (like head, eyes). Therefore, I considered that 85 is a bit short. The subject matter is mainly small objects, flowers, bugs. Can you advise something? Of course not at an astronomical price)))

        • Arkady Shapoval

          105 from 85 is not much different in angle. Under the large 135 / 2.0 (expensive) and 180 / 2.8 (cheap and just right for this thing fits perfectly), 80-200 (mk3).
          You can of course, as a compromise, take this 105 micro. You can also look at Sigma Macro 150 2.8 (just very good in focal length) and Sigma 180 2.8 Macro. But the subject of 150 and 180 mm is already difficult to remove.
          This is a common question (they say I want both macro and subject and portrait with one lens), and therefore there is no simple solution.

      • Olga

        Personally, I initially considered still options 105 f / 2d, 135f / 2d and 80-200 f / 2,8 mk2 or mk3

    • Alexey

      I shoot on the D version on the kenon - there are no questions about the quality.

  • bigmc

    Good day! The hood mount on this lens is loose, it practically does not hold. Temporarily solved the issue with a piece of paper to seal the thread. Besides buying a new blend (on Ali), are there any ways to solve the problem in a collective farm? Maybe you heard?

    • Dmitry (Moscow)

      Sell ​​and buy a new one if the lens hood is critical. It is possible, theoretically, to replace this part in the service, but I would not recommend it.

    • Dmitry (Moscow)

      If you don't want to sell, just tape it up.

    • Dmitry (Moscow)

      And the third option: try the HN-23 threaded hood (I can't guarantee 100%, but most likely it will work).

  • Gennady

    I was just going to buy such a lens, but I read a lot of comments here, saw enough examples, and I feel that I don't want to. But then he once again thawed his soul from the “background” in one of the comments. Always wanted to know how you manage to get it out? )))

  • Arthur

    I had such a lens, except for disappointment, it left nothing behind. I bought it new, for Nikon d700 just under the macro. The picture is somehow flaky, it is impossible to work in manual mode - the ring travel is very small. kenon 40d with helios 44 and rings gives a sharper and more beautiful picture at times.

    • Dmitry (Moscow)

      Almost all macros have a short stroke closer to infinity. Including 200/4 Ai, 105 AF-d and others. This is a feature of their design. And I will try Helios with rings - somehow it did not even occur to me.

  • Anton

    Hi, I shoot a lot on macro in the studio, having this object with d800, and in the past a new 90mm tamron is new, I decided to change the system to Pentax 645z, and to my surprise when buying 120mm macro f4 there is a constant aperture at all values, along the physics the other in sf. I decided to share

    • Arkady Shapoval

      the drop in the real number F is simply not taken into account

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