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

Press Release:
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Available: End of March 2006
RRP: 599.99 / 889

Nikon is pleased to announce the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED; the worlds first macro lens equipped with Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) systems, specifically developed to meet customer demands.

The new lens offers a host of Nikon's advanced optical features and technologies such as Nano Crystal Coating, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing (IF). The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is engineered for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm film SLR cameras.

The SWM ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing and the ability to switch rapidly between autofocus and manual operation. Whilst the IF system offers a non-rotating front lens element that makes it easy to fit and use circular polarising filters.

With the enhanced VR system (VRII), photographers can capture sharp images at shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower [at near infinity to 3m (1/30x reproduction ratio)] than would otherwise be possible. The negative effects of camera shake are greatly amplified in close-up photography and can affect image sharpness greatly. The incorporation of Nikon VR technology in a Micro-Nikkor lens for the first time expands versatility by providing the benefits of VR-assisted sharpness and improving hand-held close-up photography. In addition, the VRII offers a stable viewfinder image for easy frame composition even at high magnification shooting.

The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED also features proven Nikon optical technologies such as the Nano Crystal Coat, which drastically reduces flare, and one ED glass element that minimises chromatic aberration to provide higher resolution and high-contrast images.

In summary, the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ensures high-quality and high-performance for all photographers from amateurs to professionals.

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Major Features

The worlds first macro lens offering reproduction ratios of up to 1:1 and featuring the Nikon Vibration Reduction System (VRII) allows high-quality hand-held macro shooting.

The VRII function minimizes camera shake by offering the equivalent of a shutter speed 4 stops faster at near infinity to 3m (1/30x reproduction ratio) shooting.

The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing, and quick switching between autofocus and manual operation.

Nikon ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration. Outstanding Nikkor optical performance makes it suitable for photography with both Nikon digital and 35mm film SLR cameras.

Nikon Nano Crystal Coat further ensures superior optical performance by virtually eliminating internal lens element reflections.

The Internal Focus (IF) design provides a constant lens length and eliminates rotation of the front lens element, facilitating the use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1 and Nikon Close-up Speedlight Remote Kit R1.
  • 1:1 of maximum reproduction ratio and up to 31cm closest focusing distance
  • Up to 154mm working distance (at near 1:1)
  • Two focus modes are available M/A and M
  • The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
  • 62mm filter attachment size

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Specifications
Focal length 105mm (Picture angle, when used with Nikon DX format digital SLRs is equivalent to a 157.5mm on a 35mm format SLR)
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 14 elements in 12 groups (with 1 ED glass element and 1 Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens element)
Picture angle 23 20 [15 20 with Nikon DX format]
Attachment size 62mm
Dimensions 83 x 116mm (3.3 x 4.5 in.)
Weight 720g (25.4 oz.)
Included accessories 62mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-62), Rear lens cap (LF-1), Bayonet hood (HB-38), Flexible lens pouch (CL-1020)
Optional accessories 62mm screw-in filters, AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E II/17E II/20E II (Autofocus operation is not possible. VR and AE functions are available.)

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