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

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Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Macro Lens: Let every detail speak for itself with a Nikon 105mm macro lens that delivers stunningly intricate close-up images of flowers and insects, as well as beautiful portraits. Vibration Reduction technology eliminates blurring caused by camera shake, and the Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, silent and precise autofocusing.

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    What's Included


    • Bayonet lens hood (HB-38)
    • Flexible lens pouch (CL-1020)
    • Lens cap (LC-62), rear lens cap (LF-1)
    • Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Macro Lens
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (119 out of 120)

    Features


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon FX or DX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount. Also compatible with most Nikon 35mm SLR cameras.

    Macro lens for stunning detail

    Bring every detail into view with extreme close-up photos of flowers, insects and small objects.

    105mm focal length

    Allows you to capture close-ups and fine details without getting too close to your subject. It also reduces shadow interference.

    f/2.8 maximum aperture

    Produces clear images even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.

    Vibration Reduction image stabilization

    Allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower without image blur. Ensures dramatically sharp still images and HD video capture, even for handheld shooting.

    SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

    ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass for superior image quality

    Effectively corrects chromatic aberration for optimum lens performance.

    M/A focusing mode

    Allows you to switch from manual to automatic with virtually no lag time, by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

    Internal Focus for fast, smooth autofocusing

    Allows for a more compact, lightweight construction and a closer focusing distance without changes in the lens barrel length.

    Advanced lens coatings for improved optics

    Nano Crystal Coat antireflective coating produces fine, clear images even under bright sunlight or indoor spotlights. Nikon Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare.

    1' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 62mm filters

    Compatible with screw-on filter types.

    Accessories included

    Comes with a hood, lens caps (front and rear) and case.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 120 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Still catching up to the Tamron 90

      Posted
      GreatAchilles

      Here we have what appears to be a made-in-heaven lens from Nikon combining thier excellent 105 2.8 with 9 blades for better bokeh (out of focus rendering) and (gulp!) VR!!! Well, let's cut to the chase. Is this lens worth the money? It depends. If you absolutely had your heart set on a Nikon 105 2.8 Micro, then this lens makes sense. The bokeh IS better than the older 7 bladed version. And it also has the VR which will be of aid when doing normal non-macro work. There's no denying that VR works great and combined with the 2.8 speed you get a nice package here for available light work. My problem with this lens, as with the original, is that the Tamron 90 Macro 2.8 DI is still a better lens. It is sharper and continues to hold the lead in bokeh for protrait work. With the Tamron being under 450 new, people in the know can save and score. On the other hand, the Nikon is HARDLY a bad lens by any stretch. We're talking about minute differences most of the time. The Nikon's VR is of very little aid doing macro work, but it's great when shooting anything else. On top of that you get VERY fast AFS focusing. Once again I'd like to point out that a macro 105 or 90 requires close distances to subject for 1:1 work. If you want to shoot bug faces a longer focal range, such as a 150 or 180 may be better suited, though less useful for protrait work on a DSLR with a 1.5 crop ratio. So depending on your applications, the Nikon 105 VR may still be worth the money. You have to consider how and where you'll be shooting. Optically I still feel the Tamron 90 is the lens to beat for this range in macros. But the gadget factor on this new Nikon makes for a very interesting product that will please a lot of shooters and gadget photogs alike. Enjoy!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Lens I've Ever Handled

      Posted
      Matt654

      This lens is absolutely incredible. It is a specialty lens, so it will not stay on your camera all the time. However, I have noticed that I am using this lens not only as a true 1:1 macro, but also as a portrait lens, and a fast aperture short telephoto lens. The picture quality is immaculate - it is by far the sharpest lens I have ever shot with. Good contrast too, beautiful colors, smooth buttery bokeh. Metal body, as are all the gold ring professional Nikkors. Bundled with VRII, it is a very versatile lens. This lens will open up an entirely new world for your photography. I find myself pointing this lens at the most mundane objects and getting something truly unique and amazing. Don't hesitate because of the price - it is worth every penny!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Can I rate it 6 stars? Great lens!

      Posted
      DRKGHST21
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a great lens if you are looking for a macro or fixed focal portrait lens. Just remember when you are close, this has crazy shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh! This is one thing to note, if you're very close to your subject the lens will NOT stop down to it's 2.8. aperture. I should also add, this is my second lens I received from Best Buy. The first lens I received had a noticeably focus drag when you manually focused the lens. Although fast when it was in auto, I believe the second lens was even faster. As always, Best Buy was great about replacing the lens. Even though this lens is older (still sporting the red VR), it is incredibly sharp! The noise in the VR mode is noticeable when compared to the newer 3rd and 4th generations VR lenses. It's not an issue with the lens, just older technology.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best ever lens for macro shooting !!!

      Posted
      Ranveer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      It was long due that I added a new lens to my inventory and I decided to buy a macro lens. I have a Nikon D7000 and when I asked friends about the best lens for macro, almost all of them suggested this one. So I thought of taking the plunge. And what better place then Best Buy to get it !!!! In fact, all my electronics stuff from last two years is from Best Buy. They have a wide range of products, competitive pricing (with price-match), flexible return policy and awesome people working there !!! It works great and I dont need to write anything in praise for that. The only complaint I have is it costs 1000 bucks approx., but as they say, "Quality comes with a price" !!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Portrait Lens

      Posted
      Jibs
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is certainly an excellent choice for Portrait Lens. Amazed with the picture quality. Very clean. Slightly on the expensive end, but would justify if you planning to take lot of portraits. The only thing I noticed is a very feeble noise when this guy is trying to focus in low light when you have the VR turned on. Even though this is listed as 2.8, the camera would override it to the next f stop if the settings are not suited for a 2.8. Macro is also amazing on this glass. Generally, I am used to getting very close to the subject, but this focuses great from a considerable distance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Super sharp

      Posted
      BookenDano
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      The auto focus works pretty well most of the time. It's recommended to go manual for close up shots. I've done a number of close ups with the auto focus on and it pretty much can get it better than I can do manually. The depth of field can be very short. And the lens is pretty heavy. I have used it mainly for close-ups but it will work for portrait work and as a short telephoto as well. The auto focus is fine on telephoto shots and portraits. It seems to hunt more if you are doing a close-up with an open background such as sky.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best Macros in market

      Posted
      JyotisTampa

      After using this lens extensively I found the auto focus feature of 105mm lens is not so great, since it gets confused easily what is my focus point, so with half shutter it starts zooming in/out between the foreground and background. So with half shutter I have to manually adjust to get sharp focus. After the focus adjustment you get the best picture possible. I love it. It creates a perfect bokah.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An excellent lens for the macro photographer.

      Posted
      Bill
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Nikon 105mm "micro" lens is fantastic. It is sharp and clear using it as a 105mm prime lens and when using it close up as a macro lens, which is what I love to do. After quite a bit of research I purchased this lens for macro photography and I was not disappointed. It does take time to learn how to use a macro lens, but the rewards are awesome. It was expensive, but worth it. Hats off to Nikon for a great lens, I have not seen anything comparable to it on the market in any brand. My recommendation is to save and get this lens. You can recommend it next time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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