The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens brings the benefits of vibration reduction (VR) to the domain of Macro photography. This lens will produce images up to a 1:1 (life-size) ratio of magnification. Any camera movement at this magnification is also magnified, so image stabilization is critical. This lens offers high-resolution, high-optical performance for both digital and 35mm film format SLR cameras. When used with cameras with an APS-C size sensor, the equivalent focal length is 157.5mm.
This lens incorporates Nikon's second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent stability of a shutter speed that is 4 stops faster when compared with a conventional lens. This in effect eliminates image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions.
Great lens. i have the 60mm macro also. I find the working distance with the 105 is perfect. Also very sharp at f/18 so no need to focus stack on some shots
So far, I've used the lens primarily to take photos of wildlife and pets, including a frog and three birds -- a budgie and two cockatiels. I'm very happy with the results; the lens is sharp, with smooth out-of-focus areas, and there's plenty of snap to the photos. It's not as flexible as my three zoom lenses (none of which is a macro lens), but I think it's my new favorite.