Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S: Review

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Macro addition to the Z-mount mirrorless lens from Nikon

Nikon’s venerable AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR has long been a staple lens for Nikon shooters interested in Dental Photography. I’m confident that plenty of these lenses have been adapted to Nikon’s new Z cameras with Nikon’s FTZ adapter. Now, there’s a native option for the Z system with the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S. Let’s see closer what this lens can offer to dental photographers.

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Nikon says that the 105mm f/2.8 lens is a high-quality S-lens that has been engineered for a wide variety of shooting styles and was designed to offer “intense sharpness and beautiful bokeh.”

Moreover, the lens is equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focus STM system. The company says it offers consistent, smooth, silent, and accurate focus thanks to a custom autofocus algorithm that accounts for even the smallest distance changes that would alter the effective aperture.
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Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S Nikkor Auto Focus (AF) Macro Prime lens
Key Features and Specifications

Lens Mount
Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S is compatible with cameras that have Nikon Z lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras with Nikon Z lens mount are Nikon Z9, Nikon Z fc, and Nikon Z6 II.

Sensor Coverage
Max sensor coverage of Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S is 35mm FF.

Focal Range
Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S has a fixed focal length of 105mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with a 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 157.5mm.

Optical Image Stabilization
Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S features an optical image stabilization system that helps to reduce the blur that occurs due to shaking during hand-held shooting.

Maximum Magnification Ratio
Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S has a Max Magnification Ratio of 1x (1:1) and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.29

Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S has a max aperture of F2.8 and a minimum aperture of F32

Range limiter switch
Two settings: FULL (∞ do 0.29 m) oraz 0,5 m to 0,29 m

  • 16 elements in 11 groups
  • 3 extra-low dispersion and 1 aspherical lens elements
  • Includes Nano Crystal Coating and ARNEO coating
  • Weather-sealed and includes a fluorine coating
  • Has a wide focus ring and includes a control ring
  • Includes OLED information panel
  • Has L-Fn button, large focus ring, and focus limiter switch
  • Weighs 630g (1.4 lbs.)
  • 140mm (5.5”) long with a maximum diameter of 85mm (3.3”)
  • 62mm filter thread

The Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S will be available in late June for $1,000.

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