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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:13 am 
This is the "older" version of the 105mm macro lens that Nikon makes without the VR found in the new version. For pictures from the newer lens, view Phil's thread here. While this isn't as current as the new one, it still takes photos that are just as sharp and does 1:1 like a champ. This isn't a review, so I'll stop rambling and get to the pics.


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These next two I'm going to post a bit bigger than normal for sake of inspecting sharpness.

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As you can see, this lens just doesn't quit. You can't find it sold new anymore but if you search, you can potentially find a good deal for one out there. Highly recommended.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:17 am 
Wow, shot of the apple key amazed me (I guess it's because I know actualy how big they are normaly :))


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:34 pm 
all these pics u take with tripod or handheld?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:04 pm 
Tripod, it was indoors at night for all of these shots so I didn't have enough light to handhold and I didn't want to use flash.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:40 pm 
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Against highlights this lens suffers from severe fringing.

Nikon D300 - f/3.2 - 1/640 - ISO 400 (click onto the image to enlarge)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:46 am 
Ernie wrote:
Against highlights this lens suffers from severe fringing.

Nikon D300 - f/3.2 - 1/640 - ISO 400 (click onto the image to enlarge)
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yup, we're all gonna go shooting macro against a sky :wink: What a way to show a lens's qualities, and your lack of ability to show photo's we'd actually be interested in seeing. Let's get back to some photo's that show what this lens can do, not what it can't.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:59 am 
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Almost all or perhaps all, of these are between f/4.0 and f/5.6
This lens is sharper than the VR G version. It also has a "special" SIC coating which is supposed to be better than "normal" SIC. I mention this because the 105/2.8D is an extremely low flare and low internal reflection (ghost) lens and the Nano-Crystal coating on my G version isn't noticeably different or improved. So if you want slightly faster and quieter AF plus VR then get the G version but if you want the sharpest images with the best micro contrast then get the AF D version or the plain AF version if you don't need the Distance sensor used for working with Nikon's 3D Matrix metering. The AF-S VR G version is actually a new design with a 14/12 arrangement and 9 blades instead of the 9/8 with 7 blades of the AF D and the AF version. Also as you probably know the G version has no aperture ring for manual aperture control. Anyway, you can save a little money and get slightly better images at the same time with the AF or AF-D version if you'd like to. :)




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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:59 am 
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Here's a few from yesterday. All straight conversion with no processing - except the last one which got dome noise reduction performed on the BG areas:



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1/80s ISO1000 GH2 - Horse Whisperer Whinny





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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:03 am 
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And some from a few days ago - with some light processing:




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1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 160, GH2 - Still awesome at far distances too.








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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:36 am 
wow nice shoot Tesselator, it's amazing noice reduction

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:49 pm 
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princekyoto wrote:
wow nice shoot Tesselator, it's amazing noice reduction

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Thanks, but mostly that's the camera. The GH2 and the OMD from about the same period became quite amazing in the area of noise control over their predecessors. For example with the GH1 I had trepidation shooting anything over ISO 400 and even 400 with lots of darks wasn't great - but with the GH2 I don't mind cranking it up to 3,200 where it's sensible to do so. :)

I haven't checked but the GH3 might even be better yet - I dunno.

Thanks for the kind words as well, much appreciated!


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