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

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

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2006-02-23

MSRP Price: $899

Made in: Japan, China

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Manufacturer Link: Product Page

Lens Description: This medium telephoto Micro lens is ideal for extreme close-up and portrait work with greater working distances and AF from infinity to life-size (1:1).

Photography Life Review Summary: As much as I love the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G Macro, I have to admit that it’s showing its age. The new Z-mount lens is sharper and has less color fringing, while even a number of third-party lenses outperform it in some form or fashion. Yet the 105mm f/2.8G Macro remains a compelling option to certain photographers anyway. In particular, Nikon users who shoot both with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras may find that it’s the best lens for their needs. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G Macro is fully compatible with any Nikon camera, and it beats most of the third-party competition in overall features (things like working distance and focus throw included). Read the full Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length105mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1.0x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)15°
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)23°20'
Optical Information
Lens Elements14
Lens Groups12
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements1
Nano Crystal CoatYes
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.0 ft. (0.314m)
Focus Mode SwitchAuto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.3x4.6 in. (Diameter x Length) 83x116mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 27.9 oz. (790g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied Accessories62mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-62) Rear lens cap (LF-1) Bayonet hood (HB-38) Flexible lens pouch (CL-1020)

Lens Construction

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED Construction

MTF Chart

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED MTF Curve

Image Samples

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED sample (4) AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED sample (3)

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED sample (2) AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED sample (1)


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Art A.

Have you tried this lens for portrait and headshots? Does this lens turn out complimentary portraits and headshots, or is it really optimized for close up work?


I use the lens for both portrait and macro with very good results. I personally like the complementarity of this lens as I try to keep the amount of lenses low.


I have this lens android it’s great for micro photography, and it’s compartable with Tc AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III.