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Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED review roundup
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Nikkor 105mm review roundupNikon has announced the world’s first macro lens equipped with Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) systems. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens offers advanced optical features and technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing.

By Thom reviewed Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and wrote:
"Optically, this lens may match the Nikkor in this review in every respect, if not exceed it a bit in the corners wide open. But it focuses more slowly, hunts a bit more on AF at closer distances, doesn't have VR, and extends significantly in length during focus (almost two inches from infinity to 1:1). That last bit is the primary thing that bothers me about this lens, by the way--I don't like significant extension at the tight working distances of macro. A full/limit switch helps with the focus speed at normal distances. Manual focus is achieved by a pulling the focus ring backwards out of the AF position--you'll either like that or hate it. Personally, I like it. The build quality is less robust than the Nikkor, and has much more of a plastic feel. Still, it takes very nice images."
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SLR Gear reviewed Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and wrote:
"All in all, this is a superb optic, particularly if you're a macro fanatic. (Many is the time we've lamented the lack of VR in our old 105mm f/2.8: Shooting bugs or fungi on the forest floor, there's rarely enough light to deliver sharp hand-held photos.) Highly recommended, if you're in the market for the ultimate macro lens for your Nikon SLR body!"
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Pop Photo reviewed Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and wrote:
"Some users have griped to us about the lens' inability to deliver its four stops of VR sharpness at close-focus. But in our opinion, that's a moot point. We can almost guarantee that 95 percent of users shooting at 1:2 and closer will be working from a tripod, obviating the need for VR. If you're not on a tripod, you'd better have plenty of aspirin on hand, because staring at that hugely magnified viewfinder image as it swings wildly in and out of focus with every breath you take is bound to be migraine-inducing. This VR system is designed primarily for the nonmacro portrait range, because that's where it's most valuable. Don't want VR in your macro lens? Nikon's 105mm or 60mm f/2.8 non-VR Micro-Nikkor lenses are a more affordable alternative. For our money, however, the VR is worth the extra $170 over the cost of the 105mm, even if it doesn't extend completely to 1:1."
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EPhotozine reviewed Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and wrote:
"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. The only downside to the lens is the price, which is a bit steep for a type of lens that many will already have in their kit. Is it worth an upgrade? If you suffer from camera shake, yes!"
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Hack Your Toys reviewed Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and wrote:
"With all the badges it wears (AF-S, SWM, ED, N, VR), you could easily dismiss the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR as an overhyped "flower" lens. But there is more substance to it than even the hype suggests. The lens makes it easy to get sharpness on the subject and a smooth backdrop as a bonus. As a macro lens, it is unique in providing vibration reduction for those hard-to-get unstable shooting situations. As a portrait and tele lens, it is one of the few f/2.8 lenses that you can get with VR for the price."
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Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED review roundup

Press release:

The new lens offers a host of Nikon's advanced optical features and technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing (IF) . The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is engineered for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm film SLR cameras.

Importantly, the lens has been specifically developed to meet user demand for a 105mm macro lens equipped with SWM, IF and VR features.

The SWM ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing and the ability to switch rapidly between autofocus and manual operation. The IF system offers a non-rotating front lens element that makes it easy to fit and use circular polarising filters.

With the enhanced VR system (VRII), photographers can capture sharp images at shutter speeds approximately 4 stops* slower [at near infinity to 3m (1/30x reproduction ratio)] than would otherwise be possible. The negative effects of camera shake are greatly amplified in close-up photography and can affect image sharpness greatly. The incorporation of Nikon VR technology in a Micro-Nikkor lens for the first time expands versatility by providing the benefits of VR-assisted sharpness and improving hand-held close-up photography. In addition, the VRII offers a stable viewfinder image for easy frame composition even at high magnification shooting.

The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED also features proven Nikon optical technologies such as the Nano Crystal Coat, which drastically reduces flare, and one ED glass element that minimises chromatic aberration to provide higher resolution and high-contrast images.

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