105 VR - Calling all nature macro snappers

Started Oct 11, 2006 | Discussions thread
tao.design Veteran Member • Posts: 5,632
My experience with this lens

Do any of you guys and gals have experience of using the Nikon 105
VR for nature macros and can vouch for its use in helping stabalise
the picture whilst trying to use the third option above?

Darrin,

I shot with this lens two weeks and posted a little write up here, including a set of images from my outings with the lens.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1030&message=18896052

Here's a link to the section that deals specifically with VR:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1030&message=18896119

In short, VR does work, and it works quite well for low magnification images. As magnification increases, camera movement becomes increasingly problematic, not to mention any movement from the subject (for which VR will obviously not correct).

I found VR most useful at semi-marginal shutterspeeds (say, 1/80 to 1/160) at magnification up to around half life-size. Anything more taxing requires lots of patience. However, if you have the time, VR can produce rewarding results at even more interesting light levels.

Todd

Here are a few samples. VR was used in most of these images, as it was for the majority of the samples in the above write up.

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