What's in my bag: Nikkor 105mm 2.8 micro AF-D {Gear for wedding photographers}

October 21, 2015  •  5 Comments

What's in my bag photography gear Nikkor 105 mm micro lens for wedding photographers I'm really excited to kick off my what's in my bag series!  I hope to do a collection of posts about my favorite gear that I use during the weddings that I photograph!  

First up is the Nikkor 105mm 2.8 micro AF-D.   What is a micro lens, you ask?  Its only Nikon's designation for macro lenses, meaning that you can focus very closely. Simple as that.

I use this lens several times during the day.  Usually starting off with bridal prep for some shoe, dress or bouquet details.  The macro capabilities allow me to get *thisclose* and the focal length means that I can use the compression to have a narrow field of vision so that I can photograph these beautiful details without some of the distracting elements in the background.  Because, major clutter happens in bridal suites.  It just does.  Here are some lovely examples of the details I photographed as part of Jenni and Keith's Wachusett Mountain Ski Area wedding and Melissa and Nick's Buttonwoods Casino Wedding earlier this summer.  

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This lens comes out again when I'm photographing the wedding reception details , so silverware, cake, flower arrangements, tablescapes, and other luscious wedding reception details.  I love Kay and Simon's simple and elegant decor at their Riverway Lobster House Wedding last summer.

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And of course, it comes out again for rings.  You can see some additional macro ring photographs on my blog (here), so I'll just post a few more recent ones :).  These are mostly either photographed during bridal prep if the bride has all the rings, or during the time that the couple is eating their meal.  These are all hand held and composed using auto focus.  I think the key to using this lens for the macro ring shots is that I stop down to f/11, and absolute minimum would be f/9.  

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But there's more!  I also use the macro for portraits if the fancy strikes me.  I find it to be very sharp, but also out of convenience, like the time I was photographing Laura and Tim's North End Boston engagement session and as we were walking back to the T, they walked through some smoking golden hour pockets of light.  Turned out to be some of my favorite images of the session :)

Best lenses for wedding photographerNikkor 105 mm AF-D wedding photography And another example from Kay and Simon's Cap Cod Wedding last summer!  They did their wedding photos at the Yarmouth windmill

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Some comments on this lens - its not the newer VR version.  At the time that I purchased this lens, I viewed it as a niche lens, and only thought I'd be using it once per wedding for the ring photographs.   I thought wrong.  If I could do it again differently, I'd spend the extra cash for the VR version because you do have to stop down so far for those ring shots, so the VR would help me shoot at lower shutter speeds since I do the ring photographs hand held (without a tripod), and the AF-G lenses are optically better and focus fast.  That being said, my D-lens is built like a tank, and made in Japan.  Its all metal and feels very substantial.  I won't be upgrading it unless it breaks down.  

Are you a photographer that uses macro/micro lenses?  What's your macro lens of choice and how do you use it during the wedding day?  I always love to hear different perspectives, so feel free to comment below!

Also, check back for my other blog posts for my "what's in my bag series" (I'll be linking up as I go!)

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF-G

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-D

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC 

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC 


Comments

5.Lori Foxworth(non-registered)
I LOVE this blog for the great info for wedding photographers and the gorgeous examples of photos you used. I HATE this blog because now I want a Nikkor 105mm! Can't wait for the next one in this series!
4.Tracey Ahrendt(non-registered)
You must have a super awesome macro lens. Love love the detail in your images! Great professional photography!
3.Parker(non-registered)
This is the coolest wedding post ever. Haha, sorry, but I'm in love with the idea that your clients can see a bit of the technical side of what goes into their images, and its great for new wedding shooters as well! By the way, great photographs! Detail shots are by FAR my favorite part of wedding photography, and yours are beautiful!
2.Ashlee(non-registered)
The 105mm is definitely my favorite lens for detail and ring shots too!! I love reading what gear is in other photographers camera bags! What a fun post!!
1.Amy Santos(non-registered)
What a great series! Clients are always curious to see the behind the scenes, and professionals love reading what is in another creative's mind. Love the photos your chose to explain your lens options. Bridal suites *are* usually full of clutter, and getting to be closed in tight to those details is a huge plus! Great work!
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