The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Exploring the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with the Nikon Z 105mm MC 2.8 lens

keith kennedy

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Field Notes: Rare art at a rare location with a rare lens.

Nikon’s Z 105mm MC 2.8 VR lens immediately sold out after it was announced last year; a sought after item since. After waiting months for one myself, I impatiently imported a lens and have been enjoying it in all sorts of ways. Fast-forward a few months and I come across a discussion about the lens on Reddit and realized that folks were still having issues with Nikon’s lack of supply. Either this glass is made of unobtanium or Nikon is still suffering from supply issues in Thailand. While I can’t do anything about the lack of available lenses, I can help with the lack of first-hand impressions. Read on!

The Nikon Z 105mm MC 2.8 VR

This is a masterpiece of a lens. It is the sharpest lens I own and the pictures taken with it are stunning. The bokeh effect is beautiful, and the colors are incredibly vivid. Nikon states this lens is perfect for both portrait and macro photography. While I cannot say a 105mm prime lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio is a tool every photographer should own, it can be quite flexible. To illustrate that, I used the “I need to go grab some content” excuse to go shoot the accompanying photos.

Looks positively beastly with the lens hood but is featherweight at 630g. Shot with Fujifilm X100F.

The Museum

Located on the Missouri side of KC, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the most beloved art museums in the entire country. It houses a collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes some of the world’s finest works from artists including Rembrandt, Monet, Gauguin, Rodin, and Van Gogh. It is sprawling, always evolving, and enveloped within the vast Donald J. Hall sculpture park. When we arrived on campus, our first stop was Thou Mayest coffee. Spacious and located within the northernmost end of the Bloch Building, the cafe offers views of the original building’s northern entrance as well as most of the north-side art sculptures.

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keith kennedy

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