|This Nikon 85mm f/3.5G ED AF-S VR Lens is a DX-formatted medium telephoto Micro lens. It is ideal for extreme close-up and general photography including portraits. The lens will autofocus from infinity to 10.8" producing a life-size (1:1) image. The lens also features Nikons VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. This allows handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible assuring dramatically sharper images. This lens is ideal for macro close-up work. Key Features: Compact DX-Format Micro Nikkor Close-Up Lens An ideal choice for close-up nature portrait and general photography Close Focusing to 10.8" Extends versatility with focusing from infinity to 10.8" producing a life-size image (1:1 reproduction ratio) Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible assuring dramatically sharper images Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration even at wide aperture settings Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare Nikons Silent Wave Motor (SWM) For fast accurate and quiet autofocus Internal Focus (IF) Provides fast and quiet autofocusing without changing the length of the lens retaining subject working distance throughout the focus range Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements M/A Focus Mode Switch Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation|
Nikkor Micro 85mm VR DX lens is quite excellent for its size weight price and working distance. With VR and a shutter speed between 1/15 and 1/60 closeups up to 1:2 are possible without a tripod with about 60% sharp enough to print. (I use f/8 or smaller aperture for such photos. Ultimately the effect of the VR is to allow you to keep the ISO at a reasonable level while having DOF and no camera shake.) On a tripod closer (real macro) shots can be taken past 1:1 and results are comparable to other Nikkor micro lenses with essentially all sharp enough to print. Lens is plenty sharp stopped down to f/11 and even f/16 for greater DOF.This lens is not as pretty as say the Nikkor Micro 105mm VR in terms of barrel finish etc. Also it's limited to DX of course. However its size weight working distance and price more than make up for those very minor issues for me. Like a tripod the best macro lens is the one you have with you. Buy this product without hesitation.
I like to photograph trilliums in the spring; Ontario's floral emblem. I also like to photograph other flowers & bees.