Views on the Nikon Z 105mm macro

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Ad Astra

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If you own a Nikon Z 105mm macro I would interested to hear your thoughts on if it is worth swapping my F-mount version for the Z-mount version.

@Steve did you get to try this lens on your recent Costa Rica trip?

My order is now in stock, but not sure if I should swap or cancel my order so looking for any real world feedback.
 

aolander

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I don't own the lens but am considering purchasing it because of this review:


Quote from the review:
"This is the very best macro lens I've tested so far"
 

JDG Photo

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Excellent lens. I think it is better than my Nikon 105mm F mount macro and probably because of its new glass.
 

Steve

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If you own a Nikon Z 105mm macro I would interested to hear your thoughts on if it is worth swapping my F-mount version for the Z-mount version.

@Steve did you get to try this lens on your recent Costa Rica trip?

My order is now in stock, but not sure if I should swap or cancel my order so looking for any real world feedback.
I did get to use it a bit, not as much as I would have liked. It's a great lens, solid performer and sharper than its predecessor. I'm glad I purchased mine :)
 

Ad Astra

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Thanks @Steve . Did you find the lack of support for a teleconverter an issue with the new Z 105mm macro? Could you still do those snake shots ok:)
 

sh1209

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It’s a fantastic lens 10/10. I like it so much that I sold my beloved 200mm f/4 Nikon macro lens. It blows the f mount version away in every way and it’s lighter as well.
 

Patrick M

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Still awaiting stock here in the uk. Nikon are soooo slow fulfilling orders. My MC105mm was ordered in July.
on a positive note, the Nikon filter for that lens arrived today!
 

John_DE

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I sold my F mount 105 when I bought the Z mount 105, so I can’t directly compare. Still have my 200 f/4 macro, so never used TC’s with my old 105.
 

Ad Astra

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I have pretty much have my F-mount 1.4 teleconverter constantly attached to my F-mount 105 macro. I use it for taking pictures of butterflies and dragon flies etc. WIthout one I doubt I would be able to get that close to a butterfly without it flying off.

I ordered my Z version back in June and just came into stock in the UK today. I decided to buy it even though it does not work with the Z teleconverters. It should arrive tomorrow :D
 

EricBowles

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I've had it since late June. It's a terrific lens - and feels light even though the weight is similar to the older model. It retains the 62mm filter size which is nice since I have CP, ND, and the 5T and 6T diopters. I highly recommend it. The F-mount lens was released in 2006 - one of the oldest lenses in current production. I love the bokeh on the new lens. AF is fast enough that I was using it today trying to photograph butterflies in flight.
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Ad Astra

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I have my copy of the Nikon Z 105 macro now. However, it does make a noticable noise when focusing. Has anybody else noticed this or is mine faulty?
 

EricBowles

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I have my copy of the Nikon Z 105 macro now. However, it does make a noticable noise when focusing. Has anybody else noticed this or is mine faulty?
There is a whirring noise from the AF motor - especially when there is a long travel. It's minimal with a short travel.
 

jeffnles1

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I have my copy of the Nikon Z 105 macro now. However, it does make a noticable noise when focusing. Has anybody else noticed this or is mine faulty?
My 105mm micro f2.8 f mount lens also has a slight noise when it focuses and when the VR is engaged.
 

Roy

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If you own a Nikon Z 105mm macro I would interested to hear your thoughts on if it is worth swapping my F-mount version for the Z-mount version.

@Steve did you get to try this lens on your recent Costa Rica trip?

My order is now in stock, but not sure if I should swap or cancel my order so looking for any real world feedback.
Together with the Z 105mm I own several F mount and a G mount 105mm Micro Nikkor and others from zeiss etc.
The new 105mm Z lens is just stunning and worth the upgrade if you use macro lenses for a living.
Nearly all my work is product and at least half of that is macro.
The Z lenses continue to surprise me...
 
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