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105mm or 105mm Micro (macro) for Nikon
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Jan 9, 2019 20:51:25   #
TMurphy71
 
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you

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Jan 9, 2019 21:07:07   #
pesfls Loc: Oregon, USA
 
I do not have the newer 105’s. Mine are the older f2.5 and micro f4. What I can say that is hopefully helpful, is that if not needing micro focusing ability the normal one may do just fine. One (the micro) offers more versatility. That’s been my experience. Hope this is useful. Nikon has a long history of producing excellent 105’s. Good luck sorting it out.

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Jan 9, 2019 21:17:21   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
TMurphy71 wrote:
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you


I had the AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens and it is a very good lens.
I now use the AF DC Nikkor 105mm f/2D lens.
The Defocus Control makes wonderful bokeh.
Give it a look.

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Jan 9, 2019 21:25:26   #
larryepage
 
Mac wrote:
I had the AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens and it is a very good lens.
I now use the AF DC Nikkor 105mm f/2D lens.
The Defocus Control makes wonderful bokeh.
Give it a look.


What is the closest focusing distance for the 105mm f2D? I think that the OP will need to get to somewhere in the range of 6-8 inches to get to true 1:1 macro.

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Jan 9, 2019 21:36:30   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
larryepage wrote:
What is the closest focusing distance for the 105mm f2D? I think that the OP will need to get to somewhere in the range of 6-8 inches to get to true 1:1 macro.


I think the minimum focus distance is about 2 1/2 to 3 feet.
It will not give true Macro, though the OP said close up not Macro.
If the OP doesn't need 1:1 it's worth a look, especially if he is looking to getting in to portraits.

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Jan 9, 2019 22:14:51   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
TMurphy71 wrote:
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you
I have and use the AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens. It is a super sharp lens and and would be good for portraits as well besides flowers and bugs.Welcome to the forum.

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Jan 9, 2019 23:02:55   #
larryepage
 
Mac wrote:
I think the minimum focus distance is about 2 1/2 to 3 feet.
It will not give true Macro, though the OP said close up not Macro.
If the OP doesn't need 1:1 it's worth a look, especially if he is looking to getting in to portraits.


Thanks. I've had a 105 2.8 VR Macro for several years and have used it with good success at all distances. Even took it to the San Antonio Botanical Garden once as my only lens. I can recommend it highly, but have no experience with the other lend.

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Jan 9, 2019 23:12:50   #
steve DeMott Loc: St. Louis, Missouri (Oakville area)
 
PixelStan77 wrote:
I have and use the AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens. It is a super sharp lens and and would be good for portraits as well besides flowers and bugs.Welcome to the forum.


Amen.

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Jan 10, 2019 01:46:57   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
I have the 105mm f2.8 VR AF-S Macro. It's a better lens than I am a photographer. And I like to think I'm not doing too bad as a photographer.

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Jan 10, 2019 06:23:18   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
TMurphy71 wrote:
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you

AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens

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Jan 10, 2019 07:13:43   #
Gatorcoach Loc: New Jersey
 
TMurphy71 wrote:
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you


Welcome to the club!

I had a 105mm on my older cameras and it worked beautifully. I recently bought a FX camera (Nikon D750) and wanted an FX lens as well.

I researched several choices and decided on the Tokina Macro 100mm f2.8. It had very good ratings, works great as a close-up and as a portrait lens, and was substantially less expensive than the Nikons and others.
Give it a look.

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Jan 10, 2019 07:32:36   #
ronichas Loc: Long Island
 
Not sure if you saw this, I am selling a Sigma 105 F2.8 for Nikon.

I am selling this because I just don't use it anymore. It is a great lens for macro, portraits. Lens is in great condition, minimal signs of wear. I have always had lens caps on when not on camera.
I am asking $375 plus shipping to continental USA. Photos on request.

Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 150mm with most cameras
Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 12.3 inches
A hood adapter, (not detachable) lens hood, front & rear lens caps are included with the lens

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Jan 10, 2019 09:05:32   #
Ava'sPapa Loc: Cheshire, Ct.
 
[quote=TMurphy71]I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

I happen to have the lens that you're interested in. I bought it new from B&H in Feb. '14 and like a lot of my gear I barely ever use it. I have all of the receipts and boxes and lens caps and anything that came with it. It's indistinguishable from new. It went for $980. I'd sell it to you for $625 and you pay shipping. I just checked B&H and they give it a 4.8 star rating using 1038 reviews. I had no intention of selling it until I saw your post today. If you're interested I'm sure I'll hear from you.







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Jan 10, 2019 10:41:32   #
mas24 Loc: Southern CA
 
TMurphy71 wrote:
I have a Nikon D750. I am interested in all kinds of photography. I like to do "close-ups" of bugs and flowers but I also want to start trying portraits. I have been looking at both the 105mm f2.8 VR and the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro. Does anyone have experience with both? Please let me know any pro's and/or cons of either one.

Thank you

A portrait lens is not necessarily a micro or macro lens. However, you can use a Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro lens as both a portrait and macro lens. Macro lenses are at their best having a 1:1 magnification. I have a friend who owns a 90mm Tamron macro f2.8 lens. He uses it primarily for macro. He let me borrow it for one day to do a portrait shoot of some Veterans at a picnic. It worked great. I hated to return it, because I was using my Nikon 50mm f1.8G for portraits. Which is good on a crop sensor. I suppose if you want the best Nikon portrait lens. You could purchase the expensive 105mm f1.4. Your D750 is full frame. So you have the best lens to camera compatibility.

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Jan 10, 2019 11:14:05   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
I could be missing something but I do not believe Nikon makes a 105mm f2.8 VR. Nikon makes several 105mm f2.8 VR Micro lenses though.
I am still using a 105mm f4 AI-S Micro lens from the 80's and it is excellent for portraits and macro photography. The old 105mm f2.5 is still a great portrait lens.

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