Macro, micro, close-up..I like it and it really is a different world down there at 1:1 ratios. So now I am on my second 105 from Nikon so let me explain why. I got a Nikon 105 VR11 micro a few years ago and for all that close up stuff it was sparkling, if you had that VR running though I found that battery life was not so great but it was when I moved away from macro and use it as a short landscape tele and portrait lens that I didn't see eye to eye with it. Now no matter what I did, and I did do everything possible within the limits of in camera menus, I got pale blue tinged image files, almost as though the nano coatings were causing some kind of PP work on my files. like I'd gone in and desaturated but left the blue in the file...odd..I searched every forum I could and the only conclusion I came up with is that I had a rogue one...so I packed it off to ebay. But now I was one short in my camera bag but most of the stuff I wanted to knock out only needed a 20mm or 50mm but the urge to do macro and portraits was still there. So I looked at 85mm and the older version of the 105 and as readers of this unyielding drivel will remember, I plumped for a 105 micro but not the VR version but in 'new' condition. Do you know what, no watery thin pale blue files doing portrait or short tele landscapes,,,so unless anyone knows different I have to put that VR version down as being a wrong 'un..I have no real understanding why but I'm now back in the Macro fold and loving it. Bag packing as I'm off to Gibraltar..27c if the weather reports are anything to believe, and I'll be taking the 105 with me.
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...