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Nikon D800

LENS: D800 + AF-S 105/2.8G ED-IF VR Macro

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Quick summary

The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR macro offers very good performance here (but past experience shows that it falls short of the Zeiss 100/2 Makro-Planar or Leica 100/2.8 APO-Macro-Elmarit-R).

As a macro lens, the 105/2.8G VR is likely optimized for close range performance, not this more distant example. While it performs quite respectably here, it is most definitely not my preferred lens for distance shooting at this focal length. Micro contrast is very good over most of the frame, but the limitations are clear; it would start to feel strained with a higher resolution camera.

Stop it down to f/5.6 - f/8 for optimal results over the frame. Aperture f/16 is degraded by diffraction and can be used if absolutely needed, but f/22 and f/32 are strongly blurred.

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