Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR and auto extension tube

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Another lens arrived with the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 is the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR. This lens was released in 2006, a fairly new lens equipped with Nikon’s latest technology such as VRII (up to 4 stops better) and nano crystal coating. Some info extracted from Nikon.

  • Lens Construction (Groups/Elements)


  • Closest focusing distance


  • Maximum reproduction ratio


  • Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera’s lens mounting flange)

    83 x 116mm

  • Weight (approx.)


The Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR is a special lens for macro with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1.  The lens is shorter than the  the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, but thicker.


We can expect this lens to be superb for macro photography. But what is interesting is using this lens to go beyond macro towards super macro. Below is a series of macro test including shots taken at 1:1 reproduction at minimum focusing distance, together with Marumi/Kenko auto extension tube set and then with TC-14E teleconverter.

Auto extension tube set (13, 21 and 31mm)


Nikon TC-14E (1.4x teleconverter)


The test subject used in this case is a 52mm Nikon cap. Here are the results.

No extension tube, minimum focusing distance with Nikon 105mm f/2.8.

31mm extension tube with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

13+31mm extension tubes with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

21+31mm extension tubes with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

13+21+31mm extension tubes with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

13+21+31mm extension tubes and TC-14E (1.4x teleconverter) with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR

13+21+31mm extension tubes with Nikon 50mm f/1.4


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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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