Over the weekend I had the use of a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens which I rented from LensRentals.com. I will be writing up a review later this week but thought I would share a few teaser photos now.
The Nikon 105mm VR Macro lens is sharp and build quality is tight. If you own a Nikon dSLR and are in the market for a Macro lens, you would be very happy with the 105mm VR. Sure works well for product photography as these two photos show in a studio setup I did using a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight as an off-camera flash.
As fun as it was finding stuff to photograph at home, I wanted to see how the lens would work out in the field. It’s a bit early for wildflowers around here. Instead, I went to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Their indoor displays have glass enclosures with both small and large animals. Like this Mojave Black-collared Lizard who posed for this 1:1 Macro portrait.
The Nikon 105mm Macro doubles as an excellent portrait lens. The ocelot was the most alert I have seen him. I was shooting with a monopod as it is less bothersome in a busy public location like a zoo. It helped a lot in getting this photo which is cropped from the original.
The Nikon 105mm VR macro lens is a very versatile prime lens and I had a hard time sending it back.