Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S Review

July 12, 2021 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a full-featured, weather-sealed macro lens that delivers outstanding edge-to-edge image quality for Nikon's Z-series full-frame mirrorless cameras.

It delivers outstanding sharpness in both the centre and edges of the frame throughout its aperture range, even performing brilliantly when shooting wide-open at f/2.8.

Vignetting is an issue as with all fast lenses, requiring you to stop down by at least 2 f-stops to prevent it completely, but there's little evidence of chromatic aberrations and distortion is virtually non-existent when shooting in both the JPEG and RAW formats.

The minimum focusing distance of 29cm with a maximum magnification of 1x / 1:1 provides true life-size reproduction, with the focus limiter switch speeding up auto-focusing at closer distances.

Manual focusing is a joy thanks to the generously sized focusing ring with its large throw and the ability to over-ride the autofocus system at any time. The option to adjust the focus throw and also its direction are great touches.

Considering that the Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens is a dedicated macro lens, it offers quite fast and reliable auto-focusing in good light on the Nikon Z6 II camera that we tested it with, although it's prone to hunting a little more often in low-light conditions.

The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S offers an excellent level of build quality given the budget price and despite being a relatively lightweight 105mm lens.

It also benefits from several unique features, most notably the DISP OLED panel, customisable L-Fn button and the customisable control ring.

Nikon have also included a high quality round-shaped lens hood that locks into place and a good quality padded case in the box.

Finally, the price tag of £$999 makes this lens a veritable bargain, especially considering it doubles up as a very good portrait and general purpose lens too.

If you're even remotely interested in macro photography, then we'd definitely recommend purchasing the simply superb Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5