Nikkor 55mm f3.5 Micro

      The light was failing so I grabbed an onion.   Don't ask.   The 55 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.  

55mm micro
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f3.5 - ISO 400

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f11 - ISO 400

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f4 - ISO 400

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bokeh fringe - f3.5

none

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bokeh fringe - f4

none / great contrast

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bokeh fringe - f5.6

none at edges

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f5.6 - ISO 400