The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S is one among two macro lenses for Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless cameras – the opposite being the Z MC 50mm f2.8. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification with out the usage of bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame cameras. It could fill the body with a topic of 24 x 36mm (0.94 x 1.42in.) at 1x magnification. The brand new lens is the successor to the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.Eight G IF-ED which was launched in 2006. It gives optical picture stabilization, autofocus, an extra perform button which might be assigned completely different features, plus an OLED show to point aperture or focusing distance and depth-of-field.
The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S needs to be accessible in June and prices 1099 EUR / 1000 USD / 999 GBP.
Information and options
Let’s evaluate the Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S (“Z-Nikkor” for brief) to the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.Eight G IF-ED (“F-Nikkor”) and Laowa 100mm f2.Eight 2x Macro APO (“Laowa”). As regular I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even cutting-edge, a  if it’s normal or simply common, and [-] if there’s an obstacle.
Dimension (diameter x size): 85 x 140mm (3.Three x 5.5in.) plus an estimated 65mm for the lens hood. The F-Nikkor is 83 x 116mm + 70mm lens hood (add 30mm for the FTZ adapter to apply it to a Nikon Z digicam), the Laowa is 72 x 159mm + 51mm lens hood. These are all fairly lengthy lenses. 
Weight: 630g (22 oz.) plus an estimated 55g for the plastic lens hood. The F-Nikkor is 750g + 60g lens hood (add one other 133g for the FTZ adapter to apply it to a Nikon Z digicam), the Laowa weighs 700g (25 oz.) + 38g lens hood. 
Optics: 16 parts in 11 teams together with three particular dispersion parts and one aspherical component. The lens has “ARNEO” anti-reflective coating along with Nikon’s Nano-coating to scale back flare, glare and ghosting plus fluorine-coating on the entrance component to repel water, mud, and filth and make cleansing simpler. The F-Nikkor has 14 parts in 12 teams with one particular dispersion component, the Laowa has 12 parts in 10 teams together with two particular dispersion parts. [+]
Sharpness: From the MTF-chart the brand new Z-Nikkor needs to be clearly sharper than its predecessor and in addition sharper than the Laowa. [+]
Closest focus distance is 0.29m (0.95ft.) the place the Z-Nikkor reaches a magnification of 1:1 with a working distance of 0.13m (5.1in.). The F-Nikkor goes to 0.31m/1:1 magnification with a working distance of 0.15m. The Laowa goes right down to 0.25m the place it reaches a singular magnification of two:1 (2x) at a working distance of 0.08m (3.1in.). At 1x magnification working distance of the Laowa is 0.10m. [+]
Picture stabilization: The Z-Nikkor gives optical stabilization (VR) which works at the side of the body-based stabilization on Nikon’s full-frame Z cameras to attain a claimed 4.5 stops of stabilization over 5 axes. The F-Nikkor additionally has optical picture stabilization inbuilt (pitch and yaw) which can be utilized along with the body-based picture stabilization of a Nikon Z physique. However on this case the physique supplies solely roll correction, not the total 5 axis. The Laowa has no optical stabilization. You solely get the built-in sensor-shift stabilization of the digicam. [+]
Filter-thread: 62mm, identical because the F-Nikkor. The Laowa makes use of 67mm filters. [+]
Auto focus: Sure, identical to the F-Nikkor. So focus bracketing might be performed with the built-in digicam perform. Handbook-focus override is by merely turning the devoted focus ring. The main target ring of the Z-Nikkor in all probability has the same old variable gearing to help in exact focusing which is essential particularly in macro images. On Nikon Z cameras launched October 2020 or later you possibly can even reverse focus path. The Z-Nikkor additionally sports activities a focus-limiter which might stop the lens to look focus farther away than 0.5m (1.6ft.) plus a perform buttons which might be assigned e. g. AF-lock or AF-on. The Laowa is handbook focus solely. All three lenses don’t change their size with focusing. [+]
Show: The Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S options the identical OLED show as different skilled Z-Nikkors indicating (efficient) aperture or focusing distance (in m or ft.) and depth-of-field, or magnification. This show is difficult to learn beneath sunny circumstances in its default setting however it may be made as brilliant as the highest show on the Z7. You possibly can swap by means of the completely different show varieties utilizing the DISP-button. The F-Nikkor or Laowa don’t have any such show however sport the same old distance and dof indicators on the main target ring. [+]
Aperture: The lens has a slim multi-function management ring behind the lens along with the devoted focus ring. The management ring might be assigned to function the aperture (which is the default), publicity compensation, or ISO sensitivity – or just switched off. The F-Nikkor has no devoted aperture ring. Aperture on the Laowa is operated manually by way of an aperture ring with 1 cease clicks. Efficient focal ratio on the Z-Nikkor loses 1.Three stops (to f4.5) at 1:1 magnification. [+]
Lens profile: The Z-Nikkor comes with a lens profile which might be managed from the digicam. Vignette management gives the same old choices of Excessive, Regular, Low and Off. Diffraction compensation and Auto distortion management might be activated or deactivated. The F-Nikkor has a lens profile in Adobe’s RAW converter however with the Laowa you need to depend on handbook corrections. [+]
Covers full body/FX or smaller. Identical with the F-Nikkor and Laowa. [+]
Worth: 1099 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 1000 USD / 999 GBP. The F-Nikkor is 800 EUR / 900 USD / 760 GBP, the Laowa prices 500 EUR / 450 USD / 470 GBP. 
Use with teleconverter: Nikon’s Z teleconverters can’t be used with any of the lenses on this comparability. 
The lens comes with the same old flimsy pouch with no strings to drag it shut. The lens hood is included and possibly locks in place to keep away from by chance falling off plus it’s reversible for transport. The F-Nikkor comes with a smooth pouch and reversible lens hood, the Laowa solely with a reversible lens hood. 
Sealing: sure, a rubber grommet on the lens-mount plus additional particular weather-sealing all through the development. The F-Nikkor has a rubber grommet on the lens mount, the Laowa has not even that. [+]
At a rating of 0[-]/5/11[+] the Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S gives a whole lot of helpful options together with optical picture stabilization, full climate sealing and fluorine-coating, ARNEO plus Nano anti-reflex coating, the nifty OLED show and the multi perform ring. With autofocus it could use the main target bracketing characteristic of Nikon Z our bodies and take an excessive amount of problem out of focus stacking. My greatest (and thus far solely) disappointment with the lens is that it doesn’t attain past 1:1 magnification – not even permitting the usage of teleconverters.
In case you’re on the lookout for macro lenses providing a magnification of at the least 1:1 (1x) and focal lengths round 100mm there are a whole lot of alternate options. Most of them are older DSLR designs which might (nonetheless) be used by way of the FTZ adapter on a Nikon Z digicam:
- The Samyang 100mm f2.Eight ED UMC Macro is a DSLR design from 2015 and accessible in Nikon F mount however not (but) for Nikon Z mount. It goes right down to 1x magnification and prices about 430 EUR / 500 USD / 390 GBP. It has no optical picture stabilization, is handbook focus solely, has a operated by hand aperture and doesn’t switch EXIF information to the digicam.
- Laowa has the 100mm f2.Eight 2x Macro APO which is a DSLR design from 2019. It’s accessible for Nikon F & Z mounts and prices about 500 EUR / 450 USD / 470 GBP. It gives the distinctive functionality to go right down to 2:1 (2x) magnification however just like the Samyang it has no picture stabilization, no autofocus, a operated by hand aperture and doesn’t switch EXIF information to the digicam.
- Nikon’s AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.Eight G IF-ED is a DSLR design from 2006 happening to 1:1 magnification and providing autofocus and optical picture stabilization. It prices 800 EUR / 900 USD / 760 GBP.
If you need autofocus and a local mirrorless mount the variety of alternate options slims down significantly:
- Nikon has introduced the Z MC 50mm f2.Eight which prices 729 EUR / 649 USD / 649 GBP. The lens has a most magnification of 1:1 however with its shorter focal size working distances are solely half of what the Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S gives. It additionally lacks the optical picture stabilization however depends solely on the IBIS constructed into the digicam.
- Sigma has the 105mm f2.Eight DG DN Macro Artwork, an unique mirrorless design from 2020 which might attain right down to 1:1 (1x) magnification. At 749 EUR / 799 USD / 699 GBP it’s presently solely accessible in Sony E-mount and Leica L-mount however Sigma is actually working onerous to get their lenses tailored to Z mount. The lens has no optical picture stabilization however gives a de-clickable aperture ring and an AF-lock button plus it could use teleconverters to achieve magnifications of as much as 2x.
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