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Nikkor 55mm f3.5 Micro Ai

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Nikon Ai


.3 meters


late 1970's

Eos T2i - APS-C

55mm micro

      The light was failing so I grabbed an onion.   Don't ask.   The 55mm Micro-Nikkor is known for being tack sharp.   No news here, it is tack sharp.   Bokeh is smooth thru f11.   Contrast is good at all apertures.  Bokeh fringing is well controlled.   In normal shooting the Micro-Nikkor performs as well as Nikon's fast primes.    In my past experience with this lens on 35mm bodies I found it handled high contrast scenes very well.   If you are buying your first Nikon and you want a 50mm do not discount the Micro-Nikkor 55mm because it isn't a fast f1.4.  
     Bokeh fringing is the last thing you want in a macro lens.   This lens doesn't disappoint.   Not only is fringing non-detectable but contrast in out-of-focus areas is excellent, too.  It is no wonder that this was the lens of choice for most copy stand work.  

     There are several versions of this lens.   The Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 P version is the best for general shooting.  It performs well at infinity unlike the other versions.  

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f3.5 - ISO 400

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f11 - ISO 400

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f4 - ISO 400


bokeh fringe - f3.5



bokeh fringe - f4

none / great contrast


bokeh fringe - f5.6

none at edges

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f5.6 - ISO 400

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