For my birthday, my husband bought me the last lens that I had on my list for food photography : Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. Here you have some photos taken with my new lens. I love it on my D 700.
The 105 mm length macro lens is great for focusing on one plate, particularly when there is a table full of food that can be out of focus in the background.
This lens length is the go-to for professional food photographers as it reproduces what we’re photographing at a 1:1 ratio, which means that the size of the subject and its image on the sensor are the same.
Its ability to reproduce images at a 1:1 ratio is an essential feature to capture the close up detail that can create engaging food images.
With a macro lens, you can capture a chef laying down a sauce on a plate or a baker icing a cupcake, their ability to perform these precise techniques in small places.
What I like about Nikon 105 macro is that it gives you a lot of details within the shallow depth of field you choose. And if I want to see all those crazy details up close, I do not have to shove the lens into the food to get the perfect shot.
Autofocus is very fast and secure at normal focus distances, but a bit jittery at macro distances. I don’t see that as a problem, frankly. At macro distances you should be focusing manually and have the camera on a secure platform if you want precise focus.
I know there are some reviewers who say it’s a slow-focusing lens, but my experience has been quite the opposite. It focuses quite fast provided you give it a resonably high-contrast subject.
This lens work well as portrait lens for taking pictures of the people who make the food.
94 thoughts on “Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED”
stunning pictures Gabriela
Beautiful, yummy pics!
Awesome photos!!! Really stunning! (:
splendid pictures 🙂
I look forward to your posts and I’m enjoying them very much. I live in Oregon, USA.
Lovely photos – looking forward to seeing more with this lens!
I agree 🙂
wow awesome photos.
WOW – love your work
Wonderful lens. I love my Canon equivalent. Your images are beautiful, and I know you will have a lot of fun with your new “toy”!
I don’t miss the pre-digital days of SLR cameras (my old camera and lenses is under my bed gathering dust) and the unpleasant surprise of finding a whole roll of dud photos. Looks like you’re having some fun with your new toy. 🙂
I am a canon girl. Your photos always make me question my choice! It might just be the photographer though. Beautiful images.
I wish I have a camera. Great photos!
Beautiful photos, as always! Your photos are such an inspiration!
Excellent images and examples of how this lens shines.
I have the older version (sans VR) I love it for still life, food, macro, and portrait photography. I find AF the older version snappy enough for me on my D700, and Df. I’m glad you too find yours fast enough for you too.
Hello – Happy Belated Birthday by the way! I love these photos, they are just beautiful. Would you consider sharing your editing techniques as well? Thank you!!
Thank you. I will write a post about it.
I’m sure that post will be widely read!
Will be for sure
Excellent, I am really looking forward to it!
wow, thanks so much for liking my Brigadeiro blog post. You blog and photos are amazing. I will be visiting often that’s for sure. Hopefully my photos can one day look as nice as yours.
Gorgeous food photography and so inspiring! 🙂
Beautiful Pictures as always !!
Very interesting post – it’s good to know the reasons for why a particular lens is chosen for a particular subject, and how it all works! I still have a lot to learn, so it’s all very useful!!
Maybe you’ve already posted about this (sorry if you have) but which nikon camera do you have?
Keep up the great work…your photos are amazing and the blog overall is beautiful…and makes me hungry, which is exactly the point, yes? 🙂
Thank you. Yes, this is the point.
As always too good; love your blog it is so inspiring.
Wow! Jealous! Gorgeous photos!
these pictures truly are beautiful
I love your photography – the way you get that rich darkness into your shots. Really good stuff 🙂
Lovely, warm photos! I especially like the one with the cinnamon…cannelle in French 🙂
That is my very favorite focal length, which I still only have/had in analog. I loved that thing for portraits. I now wish I had one for macro.
Cameras and lenses don’t take good pictures though..
Your photos are superb, and you have a very thoughtful husband..
Happy New Year–enjoy that exquisite lens, and your ability to wield it so well.
Absolutely stunning photos!!!..and a great lens..on my wishlist to 🙂
Damn, that would go all too well with my D5300…😉 On to the wishlist, I guess. Beautiful photos you’ve done with it.
Such beautiful picture.
These are really beautiful!
Hi Which camera do you use for your food photography? Which other lens do you use apart from this please?
Nikon D700 with 50 mm f/1.8 and 24-70 mm f/2.8
Thanks for the prompt response, have a great day.
You are welcome
Very informative post. I’m new to photography and food blogging so I think one of these will be on my next birthday wish list!
Your photos look fabulous. We are only trying to figure out how to work our new DSLR camera, it’s a bit of a challenge at the start, so thank you for your smart advice! Bisou, L&M
You are welcome
My inner photography nerd is so jealous. I’ve been lusting after a good macro lens for a while
I know the feeling: 2 years for me
I’ve been scrolling through your blog and your food photographs are amazingly beautiful, good technique and idea executions!
Thank you so much for this tutorial and tips. I am a beginner with food photography, this is really useful. I have a Canon EOS 700D with a 18-24mm lens, so I definitely need another lens. You have a beautiful blog with stunning photos.
Thank you. You are welcome
I was looking at your pictures and thinking how wonderful they are. Great info on the lens!
Thank you. You are welcome.