Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S review

A stunner of a macro lens, the MC 105mm boasts a feast of exotic features and top-drawer performance

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Nikon’s MC 105mm is something special. Sublime image quality for both general shooting and extreme close-ups is backed up by a super-fast and highly accurate autofocus system, along with highly effective optical VR (Vibration Reduction) that can work in tandem with the in-body stabilizers of Nikon’s full-frame Z-series cameras. Handling exotica includes a multi-function OLED display, a customizable Lens-function button and control ring, plus an autofocus range limiter, along with an electronically coupled focus ring that enables ultra-fine adjustments. Everything’s wrapped up in a tough, weather-sealed construction. Image quality, all-round performance and handling are simply sensational.


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    Spectacular all-round performance

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    Pro-grade build quality and handling

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    4.5-stop optical VR


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    Costs 50 per cent more to buy than Nikon’s Z MC 50mm lens, but well worth the extra outlay

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Building on the success of Nikon’s AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8G macro lens for F-mount DSLRs, this new Z-mount lens takes everything to a new level. While it delivers the same full 1.0x macro magnification at its closest focus distance of 0.29m, it has an uprated optical VR system that boosts effectiveness from 3-stops to 4.5-stops. It also adds a feast of handling finery as well as delivering a mighty upgrade in image quality. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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