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#1 Gary Worrall

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:16 PM

Hi Guys, All being well, A 105 macro VR will be arriving on Monday, I'm aware VR will be limited very close but what would be the "effective" working distance for VR on the 105 micro? I'm thinking of using my monopod and thinking VR would be good but don't know how close? Regards, Gary

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:35 AM

I don't think distance with VR matters as it is basically designed to reduce camera vibration on left to right motion. Not recommended on a tripod, you turn it off if you use it that way. Since your are doing Macro, I don't think VR comes into play. You minimum focusing distance on this lens is about 1 foot.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:47 AM

Thank you Art, If the stage coach has not been in a hold-up, should have a play Monday :) A friend is getting a 500 f4 soon and is unloading any other gear he is not using Regards, Gary

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:01 AM

Gary, you can also use the 105VR as a telelens. Attach your TC17E-II and voila... you have 180mm of focal length at your disposal and a max aperture of f/4.9. Focus is a little slow but the quality is definitely acceptable... You just cannot go wrong with the 105VR! :)

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:26 AM

Tks Herman, Arrived today, Australia post must have thrown it out of a 747 at 30,000ft and then landed in my state by the look of the box, Appears to be shooting OK though Must try my 1.7 TC and also my Kenko tubes as I could just not get close enough today Regards, Gary

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:46 AM

VR starts falling down at macro distances. Nikon doesn't recommended using it for macro photography but I don't know what the "cutoff distance" is. I've got the older 105/2.8 AFD Micro and I love it.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:44 AM

Australia post must have thrown it out of a 747 at 30,000ft and then landed in my state by the look of the box,
Appears to be shooting OK though


Gary, it was dropped by Felix Baumgartner during his successful jump from 128,097 feet!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:28 AM

Gary, it was dropped by Felix Baumgartner during his successful jump from 128,097 feet!

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You could be right,
Did a few tests, did not appear to focus properly for a while, but is now working OK
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:30 AM

VR starts falling down at macro distances. Nikon doesn't recommended using it for macro photography but I don't know what the "cutoff distance" is. I've got the older 105/2.8 AFD Micro and I love it.

Tks, I guess, practice will soon show what works and what doesn't
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:38 AM

Gary, You may want to have the local Nikon check it out if it still has warranty. Just a thought. You now have in your hands, in my opinion, one of the finest lenses in photography! Happy shooting and congratulations, Art
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