Summary: This is one case where an older design is a superb design. I have used it for the past generation for everything from photographing dragonflies to flowers and for landscape photography in places like the heart of the Tibetan Plateau.
Summary: It seems like quite a few of these reviews are of the VR/AF version of this lens... I just thought someone should point that out to anyone actually reading these because they want to buy the Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8.
Summary: Handheld macro? I doubt that this concept has much appeal for a working professional, but it does have an appeals to others. This lens produces great images with excellent bokeh. My standard is can it produce professional results? Definitely!! It might be too expensive for many amateurs.
Summary: I have only had this lens for a very short time and have used it only a little so far; but I am very impressed with the quick focus, silent motor and sharpness of this lens. The vibration reduction is great for hand held shots
Summary: I've had the chance to shoot with this lens for a couple of years now. It was lent to me but I liked it so much I bought it. I use it to shoot Macro flowers and insects and I love the Bokeh this lens has. Most of my initial shots were hand held and this lens did not have VRII!
Summary: My wife's a fine artist. Her monotypes work is very subtile abstract and up until the point when I purchased the 105mm Nikor lens, could not be photographed. We tried professional, studio photographers, Industrial Scanning equipment, contact prints all with very little success.