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Nikon Normal Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor AIS Manual Focus Lens USA

You Pay: $409.95

The 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor is an exceptionally versatile lens. Its f/2.8 maximum aperture is fast enough to make it useful as a general photography normal lens. That same maximum aperture also improves the user's ability to focus when doing macro applications. It produces an exceptionally sharp and clean looking image, at all apertures, from f/2.8 to f/32.

This lens focuses to a ratio of 1:2 in standard form. This means the lens can represent an item on the film at exactly 1/2 its actual size. It is possible to increase this to 1:1 (life-size) with the optional PK-13 extension tube. Greater magnifications are possible by using the 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor on a bellows focusing assembly.

This is a well-made, lightweight lens that produces professional quality images. It accepts 52mm filters and Nikon's HN-3 lens hood. The hood is only necessary when using filters because the front element is deeply recessed and quite shaded as is.

Multi-useful normal focal length lens
Exceptional image quality at all apertures
Exceptional image quality at all distances thanks to Nikon's Close-Range-Correction (CRC - or floating element) system
Performance
Focal Length 55mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 43°
Minimum Focus Distance 10" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 2.4" (6.35 x 6.10 cm)
Weight 10.2 oz (289 g)
Nikon Normal Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor AIS Manual Focus Lens
  • 52mm Front Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonMacro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (9)
    • Strong construction (8)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Rugged (7)
    • Nice bokeh (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro photography (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Portraits (3)
      • Wildlife photos (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      5.0

      Nikon Macro manual lens

      By Patou

      from Québec, Canada

      Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

      This Lens is simply wonderful, solid and sharp. Just like old time . Not the cheap plastic of today s Lens.

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      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Phenomenal lens!

      By Jcooper

      from Ashland, oregon

      Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

      I was able to take a few shots with this lens before I had to return it. The sharpness and micro detail for this focal length was astounding. For some reason the aperture could not be adjusted from the camera. I bought it for this reason since I already own a 55mm 3.5 micro AI. The 2.8 AI-s is even a little sharper. I have never had a problem with a Nikon lens in 30 years so I was surprised. I will order another one. I gave it 4 stars because of this, otherwise it's a definite 5 stars.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Lens!

      By Bodega Bay F2

      from Bodega Bay, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        If you are into shooting subject matter where you want to focus down to 9 inches, this is the lens! I bought it for close up work with my F2AS. For a while, I carried my faster 50mm lens with me as well, but once I saw how amazingly sharp this lens is, I rarely carry the 50mm now. This lens is fast enough for most general photography and it's sharpness will amaze you!

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        4.0

        Good value

        By pollen-nation

        from Pine Pollen, NC

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

          I needed a manual iris & focus zoom-macro lens for a major project at work, with a cost that balanced performance & value. Zoom range, clarity & field of view were critical parameters for the high MP images being captured. This lens fit the requirements well and allowed the project to move forward into product launch.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent lens

          By Jurandir Lima

          from São Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Mechanism Buttery
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

            I'm a Nikon user for 25 years and has always zoom to accomplish my objective photographic records. My current equipment consists of: 17-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 200-400mm f/4 (they facilitate my work since I am photographer outdoors, nature and everyday socio-cultural). However, for some time now, I decided to invest in and acquire the prime objective Nikon 105mm DC f/2.0, 50mm f/1.2 AIS to this Micro and 55mm.
            I can say that I am super pleased with these acquisitions, because in addition to providing an amazing bokeh, the objective me become more agile, demanding my mobility at all times to achieve the desired frames.
            Another important detail: these objective AIS offer a higher quality of focus to auto-focus lenses. Just get used to this way "craft" to manipulate the equipment (as if we were in the years 70-80).
            Therefore, I recommend buying the 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS.

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            5.0

            Prime or Micro - An unbeatable lens

            By Flying Pigeon

            from Portland, Oregon

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

              I wanted to toss in this review before Nikon discontinued this great lens. If you're thinking about this lens and manual focus doesn't frighten, this is a great overall workhorse of a prime lens. The two Nikon micro 60mm AF lenses seem poised to replace this lens. I haven't used either of these AF lens, but they would have to be spectacular indeed to match the 55mm AI-s lens.

              I've used this lens for around 30 years on an FE2, F3, F5, D300, and D700. Perhaps thousands of images from the lens, film or digital, used either as a micro or basic prime have been excellent in terms of edge to edge sharpness and clarity. At present, I prefer using the D300 for micro with this lens primarily for the camera's crop factor. Stopping down to f/11 has given me optimum DOF results overall and minimal diffraction with this lens; however the micro bokeh at f/2.8, foreground and background, is milky smooth, very pleasing to the eye, and really pops up the focus point.

              I also purchased a PK-13 extender with this lens which is required to shoot micro at 1:1. However, it is difficult to impossible to obtain satisfactory 1:1 images without using a focusing rail and some very careful setup with the PK-13 even when stopped down to the lens minimum f/32. Stopped down this tight does lead to diffraction issues and some necessary tradeoffs when shooting without focusing rails. These is to be expected for any exposures requiring precise distances for predefined subject to image ratios combined with the very shallow DOF of micro photography.

              Focusing is easy even though I always have used matte screens. Viewfinder brightness has become an important issue for me as I've gotten older and my vision has kept pace with that circumstance. It's been noted that many older photographers' careers have been kept alive by AF lenses. But, at f/2.8, the viewfinder image with this lens is sufficiently bright for focusing even under relatively low light conditions.

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              5.0

              An excellent macro and normal lens

              By ACY

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                I use this lens on my Nikon D7000 as a normal as well as for close-up. The clarity and the sharpness of the image is excellent. I have used this lens on Sony Nex 5N and IQ is stunning sharp!

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                5.0

                A near-perfect lens in all respects

                By Marco

                from Barcelona, Spain

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                  I'll start with two general considerations:

                  Firstly, I like prime lenses because they spur me to PRE-VISUALIZE my pictures in terms of the different types of compositions and perspective that the different focal lengths lend themselves better to, instead of giving in to the temptation to just plant myself in some random spot and 'frame by zooming'.

                  Secondly, I like well-built lenses that exhude quality and fine workmanship, and in this sense the manual-focus AIS Nikkors are second to none (and, alas, much, much better than Nikon's current AF and AF-S offerings, including the top-of-the line f/1.4s and super-teles).

                  This specific micro-Nikkor AIS 55/2.8 is as good as a lens gets: it is bitingly sharp straight from the maximum aperture (f/2.8) all the way to f/16-22 (where the inevitable diffraction kicks in), remarkably free from chromatic aberration and distortion, and virtually immune to flare. It also gives images a wonderfully 'three-dimensional' look, and has very smooth and pleasing 'bokeh'.

                  All in all, it is just plain excellent for everything, from landscapes to extreme close-ups. And, all the while, it makes you feel like you're in complete control - like IMHO no modern AF lens can do.

                  Of course, it is just what it says on the box: a 55mm manual focus macro lens - so you should know exactly what you are looking for, or you might be disapponted. It won't AF (of course!), it isn't particularly well suited for quick snapshots, especially in dim light, and it doesn't offer much working distance at the maximum reproduction ratio (1:2).
                  Other than these caveats, though... to get such quality today in a brand new lens at such comparatively inexpensive price borders on the insane!

                  In the end, only you know who you are and what you're looking for... but my personal take on it is: RECOMMENDED!!!

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                  5.0

                  Probably the sharpest lens I've used

                  By Ben

                  from Minneaplis, MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                  This is the sharpest lens I've owned, and probably ever used. Just about every aperture is clear and its good from the front of the lens to landscapes. Bokeh is very good although the 85mm AIS and 105 macro seems better to me. Wonderfully smooth focus and great feel. I am more of a wide angle person so the 20mm AIS gets a lot more use, but for standard length stills its the best I've used.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellant cross-purpose lens

                  By Life Images

                  from Melbourne Australia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                    I bought this lens for macro photography and was extremely pleased with the crispness at all f stops. Increasingly I've been using it for general purpose and travel photography and have not been disappointed. It's now my favourite lens.

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                    5.0

                    Still being made for a reason!

                    By klinerm

                    from charleston, sc

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                      I have many AF Micro-Nikkors, but I still love this manual focus lens (which I believe I bought from B&H around 1981!). It's rock-solid, image quality is excellent, and it's a joy to focus manually. Hopefully they'll never discontinue it.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent optics, great closeup

                      By Garden Photos

                      from Milford, PA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                        I own three of these lenses and have used them for years, first on a manual FM2 and now on a D200. Optics are very sharp, and great for closeups on flowers, etc, going 1:1. Very good for general lenswork as well. The lens is not too heavy, which makes it easy to handhold at 1/30th, even on the D200, which has no problem recognizing it once you enter info in the manual lens field before you use it. Manual focusing is smooth and fluid. Lens is held deep within the barrel, making a protective filter unnecessary. It does seem a bit too easy to dent the filter rim edge, however, which can make putting on filters difficult; take extra care in storage and protection.

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                        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Crisp lens

                        By lmcginley

                        from St. Paul, MN

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Special Effects

                          Comments about Nikon Macro 55mm f/2.8 Micro AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                          I bought this lens used one week ago and I'm already very pleased with my purchase. The lens is super sharp at any aperture. My D200 recognizes the aperture so on camera metering is very easy. This is a stellar portrait lens and would be very good for macro photography as well.

                            • Similar:
                            • Nikkor 60mm Macro F2.8D AF (normal)

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