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Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S Lens

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Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens

Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens

Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens

Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens

Nikon Micro Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Nikon F (FX, DX), Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 1979

Last year of production: 2011

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

Features: Macro lens
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Average price: $250


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The NikonMicroNikkor 55 mmf/ 2.8 AI-Sis a good classic macro lens for Nikon F cameras.

Macro scale: 1:1.9 (1:1 with  Ai-Spec PK 13 Automatic Extension Ring)

It operates on digital cameras. It is already very sharp from f/ 2.8.

No considerable chromatic aberrations.

It is almost perfect at f/ 4, bokeh quality is disputable, though it is rather beautiful and has no polygon-shaped spots.

As compared with Soviet Volna and Industar macro lenses, it is much better in all respects; in comparison with new autofocus lenses it is less convenient (no autofocus - though is it so necessary for a macro lens?), but has a far more reasonable price with the same optical performance (optical scheme hasn't considerably changed since 1979).

The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55 mm f/ 2.8 AI-S lens performs well as a kit lens.

Diameter: 63 mm

Compatible hood: HN-3

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Posted by: Viewfinder   Date of publication: 21.02.2011

Mechanical quality5.008
Optical quality5.008
Pricing / Value4.628
Overall lens rating

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