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on Jan 1, 2010 in Camera Tech, Lenses

Nikon 105VR micro

02.15.10 This is one beautiful lens! It is so damn sharp, critically sharp that you can pull out incredible detail even wide open. It’s one of those lenses that at first I didn’t take note of because I didn’t have a need for it. But once I shot with it, I had to have it. Regrettably though, it doesn’t get much use. I own it and use it for special projects when macro is required. It is a flat field lens and that is critically important. This means that when you focus on a point, all points on that focus plane are sharp. The 105VR goes to 1:1 and while it is a f/2.8, as you rack it out to 1:1 the f/stop does change. It’s the basic macro formula of loosing light as you increase magnification. For every 1x magnification you loose two stops of light. The engineers at Nikon cheated death because you don’t loose quite that much in exposure but if you watch your f/stop in...

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