Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/3.0
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure 1/100s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

Even though the Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR was the first of its kind and has been around for a few years now, it still doesn't look aged and delivers very good performance.

The resolution figures are very good to excellent, but one can expect such sharpness from a macro prime in this class. The same applies to the very low amount of distortion.

CAs are a little pronounced, as are bokeh fringing and vignetting wide open. The lens delivers a smooth and pleasant background blur.

The build quality is on a very high level. Thanks to a silent-wave AF-S drive the lens is compatible with all current Nikon DSLRs and offers fast and near silent autofocus.

So, in summary a very nice lens. However, the Nikkor faces stiff competition from 3rd party manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron, who also offer lenses with a similar feature range now, but at significantly lower prices.

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