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AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED

Gene Abell , Apr 20, 2012; 07:36 p.m.

Has anyone had any issues with the new AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 IF-ED lens being made in China?


Shun Cheung , Apr 20, 2012; 07:53 p.m.

I have had mine for about a year now. No problems.

Other than me dropping a couple of lenses in the last 7 years or so, the last time I had problems with any Nikon lens was the 35-70mm/f2.8 AF fogging up internally about 10 years ago.

Stephen Lewis , Apr 20, 2012; 08:09 p.m.

Do you mean physical problems or just philosophical problems with using Chinese labor?

Elliot Bernstein , Apr 20, 2012; 08:56 p.m.

It is built to Nikon's specifications and is as good as any Nikon lens made anywhere else.

Warren Wilson , Apr 20, 2012; 09:47 p.m.

I had an interesting conversation obliquely related to this very issue at a Rona store, where they carry some Made-in-China brands.

Apparently there are two ways of doing business in China (and other Asian countries, I'm quit sure): in one model, you buy product there made on local equipment to your specs, and then label it with your logo. The other model is to bring your entire factory there: same numerically-driven machines, training and quality control checks you would deploy in Europe or North America.

According to the tools buyer at Rona, there is a significant quality difference in the two approaches. There is no doubt in my mind which model Nikon has pursued.

Daniel Jolkowski , Apr 20, 2012; 10:02 p.m.

Mine is made in China and I have had no issues quality ones. I try to stay away from the philosophical issues. Are these lenses made elsewhere? Mine is very heavy. Perhaps if it was made in Japan it would be lighter?

Barry Clemmons , Apr 20, 2012; 10:11 p.m.

I have the lens and have had no problems. A Nikon lens made in China carries a five year warranty just like one made in Japan. As long as Nikon stands behind it I don't really care.

Tom Boston , Apr 25, 2012; 12:19 a.m.

According to the tools buyer at Rona, there is a significant quality difference in the two approaches. There is no doubt in my mind which model Nikon has pursued.

So Warren, which model?

evan north , Jun 03, 2012; 07:00 a.m.

i tracked down an older af-d version. made in japan, no IF, but that doesnt bother me. i also have the 60mm version. classic jap glass!

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