Ideal for close range, the Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 from Nikon is a versatile normal-length prime well-suited for a range of subjects, including anything from portraiture to product photography. The manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 9.8" away with a high 1:2 maximum magnification. The optical design uses a Close Range Correction system, which maintains consistent image quality and sharpness from the minimum focusing distance to infinity. Additionally, a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in a variety of lighting conditions and enables working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
- 1:2 Magnification, 9.8" Minimum Focus
- Close Range Correction System
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Overview
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Specs
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||43°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.84" / 25 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:2|
|Optical Design||6 Elements in 5 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||52 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.5 x 2.4" / 63.5 x 60.9 mm|
|Weight||10.07 oz / 285.6 g|
|Package Weight||0.855 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.3 x 4 x 3.6"|
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f/2.8 Reviews
Solid Manual Focus Lens
Nikon AI-S lenses are usually built really well, and the smooth manual focus ring is always pleasant to use. The focusing helicoid on this lens seems to have been dialled to have a much firmer response, which is perfect for the precise focusing required for macro work. Much better than the ratchety quality of the focus rings found on modern M/A lenses. To each their own, but I am not a professional photographer and I do not need the convenience of auto-focus. I find manually focusing to be an enjoyable part of the photographic process. The camera(s) on my phone are more than good enough when I just need a quick convenient shot of something. As a bonus, I also do not have to contend with the off-putting high pitched whines of auto-focus motors, especially in quieter settings. It's also one less thing to worry about when it comes to maintenance or equipment lifespan. Get these lenses new while you still can!
It is clean crystal
Pin sharp yet budget lens
Pin sharp yet budget lens
Love a great small lens
I bought this lens to go with my weigh-less campaign. It works very nicely on my z7, it's very sharp, short enough to work in tighter spaces than my 105 micro, and it's so small that I can stick it anywhere in my camera bag. With focus peaking, manual focus is not really an issue ... did it for my first 40 years of photography, anyway :)
A real winner
Paired with my D750, the 55mm f2.8 produces phenomenally sharp photos. I use it largely for copying slides combined with pk-13 and es-1 slide copier, but it produces great everyday photos as well. This lens was an excellent choice— manual focus and all.
Super sharp and clear
I use this on macro bellows, so the manual focus and aperture are not a problem. If I were using it directly on the camera, I'd go with the 60mm if i wanted something in that focal range, though I use the 105 macro for that purpose.
Optically and Mechanically Near Perfection
I have owned at least three of this model over the years and just recently purchased a brand new one from B&H. I am so glad this lens is still available new from B&H. It is nice to own one in pristine condition. Mechanically it has all the attributes of the classic AI-S Nikkor, solid all metal construction, beautiful finish, and smooth focusing action. This particular lens is not all that heavy and the front element is deeply recessed so a hood isn't always a necessity. Used with PK-13 extension tube it gives you 1:1 magnification which is helpful for slide or negative film duplication/scanning. Optically it is tack sharp wide open and produces pleasing bokeh for tight still life work and even portraits, the slightly longer that 50mm focal length being helpful for the latter. Obviously it is a manual focus lens but for its primary purpose this is not as issue and is part of its appeal.
As lenses go, as good as it gets !
I confess to being a great fan of Nikon's Manual Focus Lenses and in terms of build-quality and its quality-feel the Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Ai-S Micro Lens is perhaps as good as it gets. The lens is of course constructed using the best traditional materials and is beautifully finished too, and is a delight to use. Built to last a lifetime, the Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Micro lens is also very compact and lightweight and offers great versatility for a wide range of subjects - not only for close-up shots of course, but also for a great deal of general photography. And although the Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Micro comes with a relatively 'slow' f/2.8 maximum aperture, in practice, it's fine for all but the dimmest of photographic situations. I bought my first one of these lenses several years ago as a 'used' lens and I soon discovered that it's both an incredibly sharp Normal Lens and remarkably free from any discernible distortion (particularly in contrast to most other faster f/1.4 Normal Lenses for example). I sold that used lens a while ago, and employed a Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens for dedicated close-up work, however, having just purchased a brand new Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Ai-S Micro Lens, I am of the opinion that for the vast majority of the photos taken within close-range - the Nikkor 55mm is one of the best lenses to have at hand.
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