- Solidly constructed lens with weathersealing and internal focus
- Reasonably quick and very accurate autofocus
- Lightweight for the size of the lens
- Very good optical image stabilization (VR)
- Exceptionally sharp, corner to corner, even wide open
- Generally good bokeh, especially at macro distances
- Very low chromatic aberration – nearly apochromatic
- Beautiful color and contrast
- Negligible distortion
- Relatively low vignetting
- Reasonably priced for what you get
- Bokeh can get a bit contrasty and swirly at portrait distances
- Only slightly above average flare performance
The MC 105mm f/2.8 is simply a joy to shoot with. It’s a reasonably priced macro lens that gives a truly exceptional optical performance, with amazing sharpness, a gorgeous rendering and almost no CA or other optical flaws, save for a bit of flare in the right circumstances. Then add in a relatively lightweight and solidly constructed body, very good optical stabilization and reasonably quick autofocus, and you’ve got the finest macro lens I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. Bravo, Nikon!
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