We’ve been waiting quite a while for Nikon to add native Z mount macro lenses to its line up, and now two have come along at once. The Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S, which we’re testing here, was launched at the same time as the more affordable Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8. 

Although both offer macro capabilities, both are aimed at different audiences. While the latter is intended as a cheaper, smaller, and lighter all-rounder option for a wide variety of different uses, the higher-quality, more expensive and larger 105mm is targeted more squarely at those for whom macro is a particular passion.

Intended to be used with full-frame cameras such as the Nikon Z7 II (below) or Nikon Z6 II, 105mm is a classic focal length for macro and close-up work. But it should also double up as nicely a short telephoto offering, making it well-suited to other subjects such as portraits.

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Although relatively compact for its type, weighing in at 630g and measuring 140mm in length and 85mm in diameter, the 105mm is by no means lightweight or small. It’s unlikely you’d think of it as a ‘walk-around’ lens, but rather one you’d pack for a specific purpose or reason. 

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