Reviews and Problems with Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR AF-S Micro
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Liked the non VR better
10 April 2013
Summary: This is a great lens, but I'm not sure why I own it. I loved the non VR version of this and a voice in my head told me that this would be better. Perhaps it will if I ever shoot this focal length without a tripod, but I don't. It's hard for me to imagine why someone would buy a great camera and/or lens and not use a tripod at every opportunity. The original 105 AF Macro is smaller and seems more logical.
Summary: Really debated over this lens for a long time. Read all the reviews. found it at a good price on Ebay. Picture quality is very good. Focuses really fast. Macro work is very nice. Unexpected how good this lens works as a portrait lens. Overall, this lens is fast, sharp and expensive.
Summary: This lens is a tank. It is very solid and I use it on my wife's d5100. I've had it for about 6 months now and I use it mostly for taking pictures of stuff in the yard. I tried for a while to do portraits and people with it, but the focusing is quite dificult for me to nail. If it is very bright outside the AF is solid, but in low light the focusing is a challenge for portraits.
Brilliant lens from Nikon. A lens worth having in your camera bag.
6 December 2011
Summary: This lens by Nikon is a very good and versatile lens. It can be used to take macro (or micro as Nikon calls it) photography and also take brilliant portrait photography. Since this model does not have the VR (Vibration Reduction) technology built into the lens, I strongly recommend taking photographs with this lens using a tri-pod or mono-pod to get crisp and sharp photos. This one is definitely a good add to your camera bag.
Summary: I shoot a lot of model portfolio development shots including fashion, glamour, swimsuit and fitness. I needed a quality lens that was fast and super sharp. This lens lives up to my needs and then some. The images are so crisp and clean that I hate to use any other lens I own. When I open up the images in Adobe Lightroom to start post production, I can visually see these shots are better than those shot with my other Nikon zoom lenses.
Fantastic lens, one caveat depending on what you use it for
31 January 2011
Summary: This was my first semi-pro lens for my Nikon D90, upgraded from the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED and the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro. The picture quality and sharpness of this lens is FAR superior compared to my earlier lenses. The background or out-of-focus image is even and can truly make the focus image stand out beautifully. It is great for close-ups and distant images. The only one issue I faced is auto-focus for close shots (e.g.
Summary: I think I'm of the minority with respect to the rave reviews here at Amazon.com. I find this VR features really reduces battery life drastically, and, if you're lucky, VR rewards you with an insignificantly sharper images 30% of the time. When the battery is about to run out on my D80, I could see the image in the view finder shaking. More often than not, VR cause images to be soft and not sharp.
Summary: The lens performs as advertised. When used within the suggested parameters the results are great. Not the silver bullet for every situation, but excellent for what it was designed for. The user must become proficient on how to take into account all the attributes of an excellent image. The lens cannot compensate if the lighting,focus, etc. are not optimum. The lens reproduces what it "sees"; no more no less.
Summary: I'll start this review with the following caveats: 1) I rented this lens for a weekend, and probably put 150-200 shots through it. I don't own it. 2) I don't spend a lot of time doing macro work, so my lack of skills there (assuming there are some skills specific to macro work) may have gotten in the way of getting full enjoyment out of the lens.