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Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S Macro Lens (2021)

MSRP 1000 USDNeoscore 86%NEX score 80%

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Product Overview

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a mid-telephoto macro lens with autofocus and optical image stabilization. While its f/2.8 maximum aperture is moderate, this lens is able to stop down to f/32, which is more important for macro photography.
Part of the new S-Line of Z-mount lenses, the MC 105mm f/2.8 is optimized for mirrorless cameras. It is able to deliver true 1:1 magnification that allows the photographer to capture details invisible to the naked eye. Nikon also boasts high image quality across the frame.
At the same time, the new NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is also well positioned as a portrait lens. This is partly thanks to the lens' focal length and partly attributable to its smooth out-of-focus rendering and good flare resistance.
Naturally, this lens comes with a focus limiter as well as an AF-MF switch. Its large focus ring makes manual focus / adjustment more instinctive.
Like other professional Z-mount lenses, the 105mm f/2.8 S features a customizable control ring, shortcut button, and a small Display panel.
This lens is unveiled alongside another macro lens, the MC 50mm f/2.8.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 86% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • High maximum magnification
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with physical aperture ring
Cons
  • Long barrel
  • Z lens control ring is frustrating for video

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic OLED display
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent focus stabilization
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Full weather sealing and fluorine coating
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Does not reach 1:1 magnification
  • No teleconverters
  • Control ring is very sensitive
  • No focus limiter
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Focus limiter, Distance scale, DoF scale
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 aspherical + 3 ED elements, ARNEO + Nano Crystal coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
62 mm / 2.44 in
Size | Diameter
85 mm / 3.35 in
Size | Length
140 mm / 5.51 in
Weight
630 g / 22.26 oz

Function

Angle Of View
23.3° Diagonal | 19.5° Horizontal | 13.0° Vertical
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/32
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
105 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes (4.5 stops)
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
1x
Min Focus Distance
290 mm / 11.42 in

Production

Debut
2021-06-02

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S offers a lot of useful features including optical image stabilization, full weather sealing and fluorine-coating. With autofocus it can use the focus bracketing feature of Nikon Z bodies and take a great deal of hassle out of focus stacking. My biggest disappointment with the lens is that it does not reach beyond 1:1 magnification – not even allowing the use of teleconverters.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Full weather sealing and fluorine coating
  • Fantastic OLED display
Cons
  • Does not reach 1:1 magnification
  • No teleconverters

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S is a macro without any notable optical flaws. Autofocus isn't lightning-quick, but macro work is typically more deliberate. The stabilization makes handheld use at 1:1 practical and is good for longer exposures.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stabilizes at 1:1 magnification
  • Excellent focus stabilization
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Control ring is very sensitive

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a fantastic lens for macro photography. It uses an internal focusing system, which means that the front element does not move when it's focusing. With in-built vibration reduction, this is a lens that you can use in low-light situations. Sharpness remains excellent throughout the range of the lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Sharpness at f/2.8 aperture
  • In-built vibration reduction (VR)
Cons
  • No focus limiter

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-z-mc-105mm-f2-8-vr-s-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nikon-nikkor-z-mc-105mm-f28-vr-s. 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
3. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/nikon-nikkor-z-mc-105mm-f28-vr-s. 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2021-08-06.

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