Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens

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Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 32
  • 1:2 Magnification Ratio; Macro Close-Ups
  • Manual Focus; Close-Range Correction
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 55mm f/2.8 overview

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The Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens is an exceptionally versatile manual focus lens. Its f/2.8 maximum aperture is fast enough to make it useful as a general photography normal lens and it has a physical aperture control ring for users who prefer it. 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.

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-use normal focal length lens
Exceptional image quality at all distances thanks to Nikon's Close-Range Correction (CRC) system
In the Box
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Nikon 55mm f/2.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 55mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 82.5 mm
    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°
    DX Picture Angle: 28° 50'
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Magnification 0.5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Elements/Groups 6 / 5
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.50 x 2.44" (63.50 x 62 mm)
    Weight 10.23 oz (290 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.3 x 4.0 x 3.6"

    Nikon 55mm f/2.8 reviews

    Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent optics, great closeup 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.
    Date published: 2008-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crisp 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.
    Date published: 2008-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still being made for a reason! 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome 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!
    Date published: 2013-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prime or Micro - An unbeatable 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.
    Date published: 2012-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the sharpest lens I've used 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.
    Date published: 2011-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest edge-to-edge lense I've used I just bought a second 55 mm Micro Nikkor after having used my first for over 30 years. This lens is small but very sturdy with very smooth focusing. Most important, it is the sharpest edge-to-edge lens I've ever used. Resolution, saturation, lack of aberration and sharpness are all tops. I have used this lens extensively for medical, macro- and scientific/technical photography in a wide variety of settings and under some pretty adverse conditions with flawless performance . I have also used this lens for copy and reproduction work in the old days where it also excelled. I eventually started using it as a general lens. Looking back at the great many images taken using both transparency and print films, the images taken with this manual focus (AiS) 55 mm Micro Nikkor are still among the best I have taken, even when compared to those taken with wide variety of the most modern autofocus, vibration reduction lenses with many more elements in multiple groups. My older lens eventually developed marked resistance to focusing because of the helicoid and lubrication, a known issue with this lens, especially the earliest ones made. But it took 30 years for this to happen. I still have my first lens and will continue to use it, but wanted a second while they are still made.
    Date published: 2017-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A near-perfect lens in all respects 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!!!
    Date published: 2011-09-15
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