Conclusion

If you intend to use this G-series model as a more general-purpose lens with its revamped sonic AF motor then this model is unlikely to disappoint. However hardcore macro enthusiasts are still likely to favor the old model due its manual aperture control.

This is crucial when used with Nikon’s current line-up of extension tubes or bellows (which lack automation) to achieve magnifications in excess of 1:1. As a result that model is highly sought after today and can still be found on dealer shelves in limited quantities, though admittedly if that’s not important, then the new lens can still be recommended.