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@Photophun: It has been written on NR that VR doesn't help at macro reproduction ratios so why the hang-up with the latest version?I imagine the 105 micro will be one of the very last lenses they update.
As the reproduction ratio increases from 1/30x, the effects of vibration reduction gradually decrease
You people are going to bankrupt me with gear envy. Must resist, must, um hm....
LOL. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. Why do you resist.
I own Nikon 200 F/4, 60 F/2.8 nano, & the 105 F/ 2.8 VR. They all shoot good. ... As for the Nikon-800E, with the 105. Mine won't open up at 2.8. Mine does the same. Stays at f/3.0
As I understand it, at certain distances from the subject the blades won't open past a certain point.