Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro lens

Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro Prime Lens

The Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro is one of my all time favorites. During the film days in the 80s, I used this lens extensively for all sorts of assignments.

Believe it or not, I bought this 55mm f/3.5 Micro AI lens on eBay for a paltry $35 + shipping. The lens was in full working condition. Glass was flawless and no bad scratches on the body. Focusing was smooth all the way out to 1:2 magnification.

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It should be noted that lenses such as this Nikon 55mm Micro and the Canon FD 100mm f/4 were designed for professionals. As such, they are of a much higher quality than consumer lenses. This difference in performance is most obvious when viewed at 100% crop. Chromatic aberration is virtually non-existent.

The Dianthus below were shot wide open at f/3.5, 1/2500 sec, ISO 200. The 100% crop image reveals the stunning quality of this Nikon micro lens.  No post processing applied.

Dianthus by Michael Chua. Actual image at 40% crop

June 29, 2017 – Dianthus
Actual image at 40% crop  |  no post processing

Dianthus by Michael Chua. Actual image at 100% crop

at 100% crop  |  no post processing