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A great lens
I got this lens only recently, but it has impressed me. I got it to use on my film body, but I have also used it on DX format digital. I think this lens will replace my 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens for general use. Although the fast speed and ability to minimize depth of field is nice, the 50mm f/1.4 is a little weak at the larger apertures (of course). This 55mm f/2.8 seems sharper and I like the ability to focus close. Both lenses have their uses, but in halfway decent light there is no reason not ...View full Review
I got this lens only recently, but it has impressed me. I got it to use on my film body, but I have also used it on DX format digital. I think this lens will replace my 50mm f/1.4 AI-S lens for general use. Although the fast speed and ability to minimize depth of field is nice, the 50mm f/1.4 is a little weak at the larger apertures (of course). This 55mm f/2.8 seems sharper and I like the ability to focus close. Both lenses have their uses, but in halfway decent light there is no reason not to just use the slower lens. I have the latest 60mm f/2.8 AF-S micro which I use on my D40. This older design seems comparable in most aspects, perhaps a little softer wide open at infinity, but just as sharp stopped down a little or close up in my experiences thus far, which is to say, extremely sharp. The newer lens does have autofocus (not very useful if you are shooting in macro ranges, though) and the Nano crystal coating; I am guessing this lens would have more flare/ghosts than the modern version if sunlight was hitting the lens directly, but the front element of this lens is so deeply recessed that it is pretty unlikely. The barrel of this lens seems sufficient as a hood. The new lens also focuses all the way down to 1:1 on film or the sensor, whereas this lens only focuses down to 1:2 without an extension tube. I rarely need to get closer than 1:2 for my shooting, but it is something to be aware of. I do have a PK-13 extension tube, but haven't used it yet. The minimum focus distance is 9.86" or 0.25 meters, so like all macro lenses with relatively short focal length, the working distance is fairly short. It's about 4 inches at the maximum 1:2 magnification. It is possible you will block your own light or scare your subject if you are shooting insects etc. with this lens. In those cases you should probably look at a longer macro lens. I don't find it to be a problem for my uses. One thing to note is that this lens extends a lot as you focus down to 1:2 magnification, unlike the modern lens which does everything internally. It extends to almost four inches from the flange at the maximum magnification, and longer if you are using extension tubes, of course. Also like the modern lens, this lens does lose light as you focus closer. Sometimes my split image rangefinder blacks out a little, but it is still usable. If you meter externally you will need to find the exposure compensation factors at the various distances.
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We just had the product for a month. We treated our camera like a baby and we still got a broken lense. We sent it to Nikkon and they won't pay for the repair. Very dissapointed I wish I could take everything back.
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I have owned one of these in one form or another since about 1969 and would not be without it. My wife also uses one as her all-around lens. Focusing is easy, even in low light. Speed is adequate for general use. Small size makes it easy to carry. Image quality is great. Works in macro mode MUCH better than any zoom lens with a so-called "macro" setting. You do need a good tripod to really get all the performance this lens is capable of delivering. Every photographer should have one.
this is a lens perfect . excelent sharpness, best mechanics performance, ring focus perfect, 2.8! and very good macro lens! this is a lens for ever!
I have five lenses..from 1972 to 1998...used on F2, Nikkormat, F3 and Oxberry and Forox animation and copy stands...now on D600 and D610
My favorite lens is the buttery smooth 55 2.8 f.2.8. A bit short for hardcore macro work, but my Mamiya 120 f4 does the trick for that. The 55mm works when things are tight. Brings clarity in the fog of night, turns smiles into sunshine. Its crisp, clean, and just the right length for portraiture. Best of all, its manual focus is perfection. Feels great, looks great, and at 2.8 works quite well with modern focusing screens and focus confirmation systems. Just a joy to hold. Truly a bridge between 35mm film and digital photography.
Not only great for Macro but a decent portrait lens and good for all around photography at this focal length.
Currently using on DX format camera, it is a great learning tool for Macro photography. The resolution, sharpness and overall quality is outstanding. This is a classic Nikon lens, and I hope they never discontinue it.
I bought this lens in 1986 to use for close-up work on a Nikon F3. Today it is perfect on my Nikon D800E. I also have the AF-S Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8, and the AF-S Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8.
i inherited this lens from my grandfather ten years ago along with countless other lenses and film camera's since the 60's onwards... out of all the modern macro lenses i used its the the best clarity, all the lenses inside are still crystal clear and the moving parts still work like a dream after 30 years of fairly hard use and treatment
I have had three 300 2.8Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, three or four 300 f4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, a 105 2.8 micro, this 55 Micro, 24 2.8 and a few other Nikkors. This 55 2.8 has simply remarkable clarity. images taken with this lens are bright and significantly clearer than all my other images. Maybe this is why they have not archived this lens. The model you see there is the very model I had back in the 1980Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s.
I carried this lens + FE2 across four continents and used it for everything from close-up nature shots to astronomy to concert venues. Also shot artwork for insurance purposes, where the macro really shone. Mostly Kodachrome and Tri-X pan. A lightweight, very versatile lens, and the smoothest focus action. Sometimes I did wish for it to be just a little wider angle, but ease of having one lens that did nearly everything was unmatched.