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

Macro lens with vibration reduction for compatible Nikon digital SLR cameras

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by Tara W.
Nikon

Nikon macro lens for detailed closeups

Shoot incredibly detailed photos with this macro lens from Nikon. Its close focusing capability lets you turn small, everyday objects into dramatic, frame-filling images. Record dew drops on flower petals at dawn or the tiny creatures in a tidal pool at the beach. A large maximum aperture lets you create stunning pictures with crisply focused subjects and artistically blurred backgrounds.

World-class optical performance

Nikon's world-renowned optics help this lens deliver razor-sharp images. A multi-coating on the lens minimizes flare and ghosting. And Nikon's built-in Silent Wave Motor makes autofocus very fast and nearly silent. The lens has built-in vibration reduction, too. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

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Highlights:

  • AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens
  • Vibration Reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four shutter speeds slower)
  • for use with Nikon digital and select film SLR cameras
  • 158mm effective focal length for APS-C sensor cameras
  • ideal for closeup and macro photography
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • minimum focus distance: 12 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • lens construction: 14 elements in 12 groups
  • contains one ED (extra-low dispersion) lens element for high resolution and contrast
  • multi-coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • attachment/filter size: 62mm
  • lens is in 3-3/8" in diameter, 5-9/16" long
  • weight: 27.9 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens cap, and flexible lens pouch

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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Yes
Focal Length
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105mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/2.8
Weight
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27.9 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
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What's in the box?

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  • 105mm AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens
  • HB-38 Lens hood
  • LC-62 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL-1020 Flexible lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ + 5 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Features
Specifications
Warranty Information

Features

Product Overview: The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is compatible with Nikon film and digital SLR cameras. The focal length is fixed at 105mm, but can be used for macro shots as close as 12 inches, resulting in a 1:1 magnification ratio.

ED Glass: The Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration.

Nano Crystal Coat: The exclusive Nano Crystal Coating further reduces ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Auto Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. The manual/auto focus mode switch allows quick response to situations requiring manual focus operation.

Focus Range Limit: If your subject is always more than 20 inches away, a switch allows you to fix the focus range at 0.5m-infinity to reduce focusing time (for AF cameras compatible with AF-S Nikkor lenses only).

Vibration Reduction (VR II): Vibration reduction minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speed stops slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens.

Aperture: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-blade diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Optional Accessories: Compatible optional accessories include 62mm screw-on filters and AF-S Teleconverters.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Focal Length: 105mm (the 35mm equivalent is approximately 157.5mm when using a camera body with an APS-C image sensor)
  • Closest Focus Distance: 12"
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/32
  • Lens Construction: 14 elements in 12 groups with 1 ED glass element (some elements Nano Crystal Coated)
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Hood:
      • Length: 5.509"
      • Diameter: 3.325"
    • With Lens Hood:
      • Length: 8.137"
      • Diameter: 3.719"
  • Weight: approximately 27.9 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Yum: My Week with Nikon's AF-S VR 105mm Lens

Yum: My Week with Nikon's AF-S VR 105mm Lens

by Julie Govan
4/12/2010
 
Yum: My Week with Nikon's AF-S VR 105mm Lens

One nice thing about working at Crutchfield is that I occasionally get to try out cool stuff. Over the last several days, I've been playing with Nikon's AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8 micro lens . Now,...

 
Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Don eAdministrator, Customer Care Center,

Quality lens for quality photos

Written by Don, eAdministrator, Customer Care Center, on 2/5/2013 2:35:00 PM

Wow. This was my first opportunity to try out a really nice prime lens and I now know what a difference a superior lens can make. It was definitely difficult to give back.

I read a few online reviews for this lens before I gave it a try. A few folks warned that it'd be heavy, though I didn't read that as a detraction. It was, indeed, substantial and that felt good. Other reviewers noted better performance with larger apertures. I did not observe such a distinction. My long exposure, low aperture shots came out beautifully with great depth of field and clarity and, yes, the wide aperture shots really popped.

I had opportunity to try out the "micro" (macro) features of this lens and was pretty blown away — I got superb hand held macro photos. I can only imagine what adding a tripod and some extra time could have rendered.

I got some great professional-looking head shots and some wonderful indoor still lifes. I'd definitely recommend this lens.

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5 out of 5

Get Closer!

Written By Paul, Brentwood, TN on Friday, April 18, 2014
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Great lens for portraits and even better for macro. Who can't resist spring flowers now and then or a close-up of a puppy's face? It's a fast lens at 2.8 so it is great for low-light situations and for taking macro shots in low light without a special flash. It's really great to move in close without special lighting for macro. And there's VR to boot. I really like it.
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well-built, versatile, fast
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pricey but worth it
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5 out of 5

I LOVE THIS LENS!

Written By Augustin A. Flores, Saipan,CNMI on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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This Macro 105mm f/2.8G IF ED Lens is one of the BEST Lenses I Have ever used. The Sharpness is Really Awesome,Fantastic,Amazing and Incredible on my D7000 camera. I take pictures of Flowers and Insects and I am very HAPPY to the Superb Performance and Extraordinary Sharp Images and with Beautiful Color Rendition.
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