Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G IF ED VR Mi­cro £660, $900

This is as good as it gets for Nikon mi­cro lenses

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Nikon’s range-top­ping FX macro lens has a lot in com­mon with its 85mm DX sib­ling. It has a fully in­ter­nal fo­cus­ing de­sign, ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus, VR II sta­bil­i­sa­tion rated at three stops (based on in­de­pen­dent CIPA test­ing), an ED el­e­ment and Nano Crys­tal coat­ing. How­ever, both lenses lack the Tam­ron’s ‘hy­brid’ sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Build qual­ity feels bet­ter than in the 85mm DX lens and, de­spite only be­ing a lit­tle larger, the 105mm is more than twice as heavy, at 750 grams. The FX lens also fea­tures an aut­o­fo­cus range lim­iter switch but, un­like in the Sigma, Tam­ron and Tok­ina lenses, it can only lock out the short end of the range, closer than 50cm. This makes it use­less for close-up shoot­ing.

Per­for­mance

The 105mm isn’t any sharper than any of the other Nikon lenses on test, but cor­ner sharp­ness is bet­ter than from the Sigma lens. At very close fo­cus dis­tances that equate to 0.3x to full 1.0x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, it loses out to the Tam­ron for sharp­ness, while de­fo­cused ar­eas in images don’t look as smooth.

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