Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Review

11/13/2016 - 12:37
Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Review




Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 is a good macro lens for Nikon 35mm cameras. It has a reproduction ratio of 1:2. This lens is an upgrade of the previous model Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:3.5.

It was produced from 1979 through 1987 and was replaced by the autofocus version Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8. The optical design is not changed.

The optical design is 6 elements in 5 groups, almost symmetrical anastigmat with the floating rear element.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 optical design

Such a system with floating elements called CRC (Close Range Correction) allows you to correct spherical and chromatic aberrations at close distances and infinity. The lens is sharp at all focusing distances.

 

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Specs

Focal length: 55mm
Aperture range: f/ 2.8 — f/ 32
Aperture blades: 7
Length (mm): 62
Weight (gr): 290
Filter Ø (mm.): 52
Min. focus distance (m.): 0,25

 

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Handling and Mechanics

Dimensions do not differ much from the kit lens, but structurally it is a professional macro lens.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 coating

The front element is deeply planted in the housing, which defenses from lateral illumination and lens hood does not need more.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 at infinity

In the middle of the barrel is a rubberized focusing ring is rotated 360 degrees, which provides smooth focus adjustments at close range. By focusing the front and back part of the lens extends, thus running the CRC system.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 at MFD

The length of the lens when focusing on MFD is 92 cm.

When you change the focus distance, changes the distance between the optical elements that provide the best correction for this case. What makes the lens sharp focus throughout all distances.

The lens has 2 scales applied orange reproduction ratio. The first scale, denoted by the letters PK, denotes ratio, using PK extension ring, especially for this lens with the automatic preset aperture. When using a lens with this extension ring can achieve macro 1:1.

The second scale shows the reproduction ratio without the use of a PK extension ring. Without it, a macro is 1:2.

Next is the focusing scale in feet and meters. As well as the depth of field scale. Now in the digital age, they do not demand.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 rear

Near the bayonet is located aperture ring.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 rear hood

Behind the lens is protected from internal flare by as at close range rear element substantially detached from the sensor. The rear lens has a green multicoating.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 on Nikon D31000

View on Nikon D3100 when focusing at infinity

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 on Nikon at MFD

View when focusing at MFD

Micro-Nikkor-P.C Auto f/3.5 f=55mm and Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8

Compare dimensions of the older Micro-Nikkor-P.C Auto f/3.5 f=55mm and Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 when focusing on infinity.

 

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Example Photos

All examples are taken on Nikon D3100, RAW export, minimal exposure correction.

 

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Sharpness

The lens has excellent sharpness since wide-open, as in focusing at infinity and MFD.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos crane

f/ 2.8 Sharpness at infinity

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 sharpness test infinity

!00% size crop of the previous photo

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos flower

f/ 2.8 Sharpness at MFD

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 sharpness test MFD

!00% size crop of the previous photo

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos birds

f/ 2.8 focusing about 30 meters

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 резкость

!00% size crop of the previous photo

At a distance of more than 20 meters, it is easy to miss due to the short stroke of the ring in this range. so at such distances, we have to focus carefully.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos cat

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 sharpness test cat

!00% size crop of the previous photo

The best sharpness there is at f/5,6; further diffraction occurs. But I have no problem using it in the studio at f/16; sharpness excellent.

 

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Character an Bokeh

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos portrait

f/ 2.8

Even though the lens is sharp and stiff, I have not seen it, so it is quite normal to shoot portraits; the main thing is not to miss the field.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos leaves

f/ 4 bokeh example

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos thuja

f/ 2.8 MFD

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos waterfall

f/ 2.8 Focusing on the right side of the waterfall. The left part of the gradually coming out of the depth of field zone.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos viburnum

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos shop

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos street

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos leaves macro

f/ 2.8 MFD

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos leaves macro

f/ 2.8 MFD

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos maple leaf

f/ 2.8

 

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 Contrast and Color Rendering

Even though the lens for more than 30 years, it shows a remarkable contrast and color rendering.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos cityscape

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos birch

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos flower

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos viburnum

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos excavator

f/ 2.8

Of course, when the bright sun in the frame, the contrast decreases, but in all other cases, it does not lose the modern lenses.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos excavator flare

f/ 2.8 flare example

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos house

f/ 2.8

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos boulders

f/ 2.8

When I am using this lens for product photos, I did not notice the discomfort. The contrast is perfect.

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 example photos sky

f/ 2.8 At wide-open aperture, there is vignetting

 

Summary
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1:2.8 is an excellent macro lens. Ideal for shooting large and medium-sized product photos and macro. And also for shooting small flora and fauna.





Kim Alsos's picture
The Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 has most likely the highest resolution of any lens in the world! The amount of detail it can resolve, clearly surpasses even the current 36Mp sensors. Even zoomed in to 300% on the camerascreen it is still supersharp, and only the individual pixels limit performance. Not bad for a lens from the 80's. The reason for this is simple: Lenses for the F-mount around 50mm is the simplest to make perfect. But the bigger you try to make the lens' aperture, it gets difficult again, and sharpness and distortion are traded for more light-gathering. Thus: if you accept "only" f/2.8, you get a supersharp lens with ZERO distortion that is just as perfect for normal use too! My kind of lens!
Jonathan Leavitt's picture
I just ordered a new copy and look forward to comparing it with the $8,000 Leica APO-Summicron which is also much sharper than the 24mb sensor. The Micro-Nikkor works quite well on the Leica M10 with an auxiliary mirrorless viewfinder
Addedwirl's picture
<a href=http://cialiswwshop.com/>viagra cialis online</a>
TrudeymaOi's picture
why is critical thinking important [url="https://criticalthinking2020.net"]critical thinking moore parker 11th edition pdf[/url] watson glaser critical thinking tests
GlynnismaOi's picture
free dissertation help [url="https://dissertationhelpexpert.com"]example of dissertation[/url] doctoral dissertation help reference
SuzannmaOi's picture
marketing acknowledgement [url="https://dissertationhelpspecialist.com"]disertation[/url] dissertation writing tutor
SallimaOi's picture
dissertation writing services [url="https://dissertationwritingcenter.com"]dissertation[/url] getting help online
DarsiemaOi's picture
masters dissertation [url="https://examplesofdissertation.com"]average dissertation length[/url] write my dissertation for me
TandimaOi's picture
casino win real money [url="https://1freeslotscasino.com"]online casino real money[/url] real money casino
MabellemaOi's picture
dissertation statistics help [url="https://helpwithdissertationwritinglondon.com"]cheap dissertation writing[/url] dissertation statistics help
TandimaOi's picture
free casino no deposit [url="https://1freeslotscasino.com"]free slots for mac[/url] casino no deposit sign up bonus
JenneemaOi's picture
phd dissertation help [url="https://professionaldissertationwriting.com"]tips for writing a dissertation[/url] help dissertation thesis advice
HerminamaOi's picture
rutgers dissertation proposal help [url="https://professionaldissertationwriting.org"]help writing a dissertation[/url] online dissertation writing
AbagaelmaOi's picture
casino win real money [url="https://9lineslotscasino.com"]mobile casino online[/url] gambling online for real money
AudremaOi's picture
dissertation writing and editing [url="https://writing-a-dissertation.net"]dissertation editing help[/url] a dissertation
ShaylamaOi's picture
online casinos for real money [url="https://all-online-casino-games.com"]win money online[/url] casino usa online
HestiamaOi's picture
write a dissertation abstract [url="https://writingadissertationproposal.com"]best dissertation writing service[/url] research writing services
VerenamaOi's picture
online casinos real money [url="https://casino8online.com"]online casinos no deposit bonus[/url] no deposit online casino bonus
DixiemaOi's picture
online casinos no deposits [url="https://casino-online-jackpot.com"]the best online casino[/url] online casinos for us players
LaureenmaOi's picture
free bonus no deposit casino [url="https://casino-online-roulette.com"]online casinos free bonuses[/url] best online casinos for us players
FrannimaOi's picture
bonus online casino [url="https://cybertimeonlinecasino.com"]online casinos[/url] casino sign up bonus no deposit
PearlmaOi's picture
no deposit casino games [url="https://download-casino-slots.com"]casino games win real money[/url] best us online casinos
BobbiemaOi's picture
casino free money [url="https://firstonlinecasino.org"]casino reviews[/url] online slots real money free bonus
LesliemaOi's picture
us casino [url="https://free-online-casinos.net"]real money casino no deposit[/url] online casinos for usa players
HonormaOi's picture
vpn best [url="https://freehostingvpn.com"]best free vpn windows 10[/url] hide.me vpn
TrudiemaOi's picture
casino free bonus [url="https://internet-casinos-online.net"]no deposit bonus online casino[/url] free cash no deposit casino
TeddiemaOi's picture
buy vpn anonymously [url="https://freevpnconnection.com"]best vpn for router[/url] free vpn software
JaynellmaOi's picture
free money no deposit [url="https://newlasvegascasinos.com"]free sign up bonus no deposit casino[/url] gambling bonuses
MarrileemaOi's picture
best free vpn chrome [url="https://free-vpn-proxy.com"]best free windows vpn 2017[/url] best vpn for torrents
JenneemaOi's picture
why buy a vpn [url="https://imfreevpn.net"]best vpn for pc[/url] vpn free download for pc
DulceamaOi's picture
free signup bonus no deposit casino [url="https://onlinecasinofortunes.com"]online casino game real money[/url] casino bonus
JenneemaOi's picture
free vpn uk [url="https://imfreevpn.net"]buy vpn service[/url] ipvanish vpn
CarolanmaOi's picture
gambling online for real money [url="https://onlinecasinosdirectory.org"]top online casinos usa[/url] best deposit bonus casino
AshleighmaOi's picture
best secure vpn [url="https://ippowervpn.net"]free vpn ios[/url] best mobile vpn for windows
FanyamaOi's picture
free no deposit bonus casino [url="https://onlineplayerscasino.com"]no deposit welcome bonus[/url] online casino welcome bonus
KelseymaOi's picture
best free vpn windows [url="https://rsvpnorthvalley.com"]cnet best vpn[/url] what is the best vpn service
CarolinmaOi's picture
online casinos no deposit [url="https://ownonlinecasino.com"]online casinos no deposit[/url] play bingo for real money
LaurellamaOi's picture
best chrome vpn free [url="https://shiva-vpn.com"]best vpn for firestick free[/url] best free vpn?
SheelaghmaOi's picture
top vpn rated services [url="https://superfreevpn.net"]kim komando best vpn[/url] best free vpn for ipad
SheelaghmaOi's picture
free vpn ip address [url="https://superfreevpn.net"]vpn free trial no credit card[/url] free vpn chrome
FifinemaOi's picture
online spins [url="https://trust-online-casino.com"]casino mobile[/url] online us casinos
SheelaghmaOi's picture
buy vpn [url="https://superfreevpn.net"]best free vpn for windows[/url] free vpn connection
Add new comment