Reviews and Problems with Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR AF-S Micro
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Macro 105mm f2.8
Chum Tran, Amazon
26 May 2010
Summary: I just bought this lens from J&R through Amazon last week. I was supprised that this expensive lens made in China! I was so disappointed. I took a test drive any way. The result as I expected. I could not get apeture open up to 2.8. It has a ranking noise when it tried to open it. Second issue is focusing. The auto focusing sensor seems like it not working properly. It went back and forth many times in order for the AF sensor to detect.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Some shots are good, but others are poor, so it`s rather inconsistent. Contrast levels are not high, even when stopped down. This lens is not apochromatic, hence the frustratingly inconsistent colors. Bokeh is good, though. If you compare it to very good lenses, images taken with this lens don't look "real". I don't buy the usual "you must have a bad sample" excuse - "bad samples" are nikons norm.