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

Model #2160

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Filter thread 62 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.3 x 4.6" (8.38 x 11.68 cm)
Weight 1.74 lb (790 g)


Magnification 1x
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Focal length 105 mm
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Groups/elements 12/14
Camera mount type Nikon F
Minimum focus distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Angle of view 23°
DX Picture Angle: 15°
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:1


Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Image stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
29 August 2014

The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED captures sharp images and is capable of true 1:1 macro magnification, making it a clear Editors' Choice.

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    Very sharp. 1:1 macro magnification. No distortion. Optically stabilized. Compact.

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    Pricey. Short working distance for 1:1 photography.

What digital camera.32818507
16 December 2009

Thanks to the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR) technology this is a big lens by conventional 100mm macro standards, and it is also heavier and more expensive than the norm.

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    Packed full of features

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    Dubious use of VR technology

8 November 2009

There is not a lot I can criticise about this lens considering the optical performance along side the build quality and features. I think it will find a lot of friends amongst both professionals and keen amateurs alike.

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    The only true macro with stabilisation. And it works, Truly superb optical quality, Rapid and silent autofocus

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    The price, Drop-off in resolution at the edges when wide open. (Minor)

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

One of the most useful and praised lenses in Nikon history, the 105mm f/2.8 manual focus Micro-Nikkor of 1984 sired a line of high-speed close-up/portrait lenses, each growing in capability, size, and weight-up to this new 105mm f/2.8 ($830, street).

19 November 2013

Since its introduction, this lens has garnered a strong reputation for the quality it is capable of delivering, with good reason. Sharpness is excellent in the centre at maximum aperture, and outstanding across the frame when stopped down.

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    Excellent sharpness in the centre from maximum aperture, Outstanding sharpness when stopped down, Good build quality, Effective VR system, Low CA and distortion

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    Effectiveness of the VR system diminishes at close distances

Techradar uk.32817471
21 October 2011

Nikon caters particularly well for macro photographers, with 40mm, 60mm, 85mm and 200mm options in addition to this 105mm lens. An update to the popular Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro optic, the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED adds a host of improvements, chief of which being Nikon's...

1 March 2011

This Micro lens from Nikon, was the first of it's kind to include vibration reduction when it was introduced. It sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, a silent wave focusing motor, which allows full time manual focus override and Nikon's Nano Crystal anti-reflective lens coatings.

Techradar uk.32817471
3 March 2008

With a decent range of features on top of good optics and VR, the Nikkor is worth every penny

Lenstip com.34355424
7 October 2007

What can be written in the summary? Nikkor 2.8/105 VR is undoubtedly a very fine instrument, which will enable us taking very sharp photos. The problem (problem for Nikon, not to its customers) is that there is a great competition in the class of macro lenses of focal length 100 mm.

  • +

    solid casing and good build quality, excellent image quality, both in the centre and in the corner of the frame, exquisite chromatic aberration, small distortion, not too big astigmatism, great work of autofocus, effective stabilization

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    some problems at work against bright light, prohibitive price

User Reviews
6 May 2017

I bought this lens specially for macro as I wanted to buy directly the best lens from Nikon for macro.The lens focusing is really sharp, the details on a Nikon D5 is really good (it is a prime lens).I tried it and i am very happy with this.Becareful, it might depends on your combination but i had...

B h photo.32817553
21 March 2017

Hands down, the best macro lens I've used. Now that I have a full-frame DSLR (Nikon D750), I love taking advantage of that sensor. this lens allows me to do just that.

30 July 2017

This 105 mm micro lens is a nice tool for close up, critical focusing and creative photography.??

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    Hefty, well built

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24 January 2013

The last macro lens I owned fit my Pentax K1000 manual (film) work horse body and it was not fixed length and had almost no image distortion at edges. It was a great all purpose lens that also happened to be a macro. Compared to today's prices it also cost almost nothing.

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    Easy To Use

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    Fixed Focal Length

Wolfcamera com.34753814
22 August 2011

This lens is perfect. I have taken the best close-up pics I have ever taken using it. Super quiet auto-focus, great vibration control, and overall the best macro lens I have ever seen. A must buy for anyone into macro photography

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction

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13 March 2011

It seems to be constructed from a different design than any other lens I have owned. Though a straight 2.8. The F stop will tighten to some degree as you get closer to your subject. One image of a bee, the leg was in focus yet the rest is blurred.

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    Rugged, Strong Construction, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Easily Interchangeable, Consistent Output

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    Pricey but worth it

5 June 2013

I ordered this expecting the auto VR lens, however after it arrived, it was a MANUAL FOCUS lens. Very disappointed. It is a quality lens, but with modern DSLR's, it doesn't register for any of the information that comes with normal AF lenses.

5 February 2009

After reading every professional review and consumer comment on this lens all I can say is: You get what you pay for. In this case, you get one great piece of glass that totally out performs everything else. [...]

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    Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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    Slow Focus

Photography review.34752477
3 August 2009

Very sharp lens and beautiful photos on an Epson D300. It is heavy and a bit cumbersome, but all is forgiven when the photos show up on the computer screen or in prints. Ideal macro lens -- right focal length (at least for my tastes.

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    Automatic focus sometimes hard to achieve. Generally use manual most of the time. VR doesn't work reliable at close distances. For photos this close one should be using a tripod anyone so no big deal.

Product Highlights
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Magnification Up to 1:1
Average Expert Score
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-38 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • CL-1020 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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