Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR S Macro Lens Review

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR S Macro Lens Review

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR S Macro Lens Review

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The venerable Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro lens has a long history in Nikon's Lens line up, and this newest S version has solidified top-spot for capturing top-notch superb Macro photos as well as a very versatile daily portrait lens. Nikon has improved and offers superior Macro and general photographic capabilities in the Nikkor Nikon 105mm f/2.8 MC VR S Macro lens. Exceptional!

I got mine direct from NikonUSA. I already have the older legacy 105mm F mount and enjoyed using the older 105 over the years but did not enjoy dealing with the FTZ adapter so, I purchased the Z mount 105mm knowing it will be an awesome lens to go with my Z camera bodies and eventually the replacement of the older 105mm.

One main reason to buy the Nikon 105mm VR S lens over the legacy 105mm F mount lens if you are a Z camera user is the S mounts directly to your Nikon Z camera body so you don't have to deal with the FTZ adapter. The second reason is this Native Macro lens is a superb all-around lens with exceptional and superior image quality.

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Hand-Held Cats Eye f/16 1/60 sec
Build Quality: Mostly plastic feels cheap.  Not on the same high standard as the Legacy 105mm VR Macro from Nikon

Optical Performance: At the end of the day this is really what matters - exceeds my expectations especially when hand-holding using the Nikon Z's built-in Image stabilization.

Focus Performance: Slightly slower in lower light than my legacy 105mm but very snappy outside in the sunlight. On a plus side, this lens has a built-in focus limit switch


  • Produces high-resolution images when used with a Nikon Z7/II.
  • Lens has very high image quality, excellent color, and contrast.
  • Lens VR performance outperforms earlier VR versions, allows for more sharp handheld shots
  • Mounts direct to the Nikon Z mirrorless camera body, no FTZ adapter required.
  • Programmable Function Buttons on Lens Barrel.


  • Slightly larger (longer) than the legacy 105mm F mount lens
  • Expensive 
  • No dedicated on/off VR switch - in camera only.
  • Does not support the Nikon Z Teleconverters which is a big disappointment!

Summary: This is my long-awaited upgrade to my legacy 105mm F mount lens and the wait was well worth it. Is it a leap forward? The simple answer is no but, it does not have to be and is an excellent macro lens. If you want to get into Macro with your Z mirrorless camera and don't mind the steep pricing then this lens deserves consideration.

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