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Nikon 55mm f/2.8 Micro AI-S 35mm Primes

4.55/5 (11 Reviews)


  • MPN1442
    Product ID20724130
    Weight10.88 oz
    Length2.7 in
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance10.8 in
    Diameter2.5 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Min Aperturef/32
    Picture Angle43 degrees
    Focal Length55mm
    Groups / Elements6 Elements in 5 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 2

Product Description

Out of production, manual focus lens. Minimum focus: 0.25m


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Kazak a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2005

Strengths:    I wish the F2.8 was an F2. Then it would be fantastic as a normal lens. As it is, it is too slow for indoors available light.

Weaknesses:    F2.8 is slow to me on this focal length but ok on a zoom or a telephoto.

Bottom Line:   
The sharpest lens in the Nikon line. Good for closups. Also great on the bellows. Compact. Very decent flare control with a lens shade added.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Most all Nikon lenses.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Toastesser a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2004

Strengths:    picture quality (what else counts on a micro?)
the low weight and small size makes it easy to pick it as 2nd or 3rd for a walkaround.


Weaknesses:    maybe the plastic build, but it's already 15 years old and still very good.

Bottom Line:   
Went to town to pick a Sigma 105 Macro or 60/105mm micro, depending on the price I could get. Peeking in a stores window I saw the the (used, mint condition) 55 AF one knowing that the AI-S version was a very good one.
For the price payed I skipped on the newer ones and I am very pleased with the results.
55 might be a little short for bugs, but I don't like bugs anyway, lol.
For anything else it is great and gives 1:1.
I also use it for studio shots and I like it there as well (can be a little bit to sharp, lol)

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   no other micro lenses

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nasution a Beginner

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2003

Strengths:    Optical quality
1:1 magnification


Weaknesses:    Plastic construction
Small focusing ring
Useless distance scale


Bottom Line:   
This is a review of AF Micro Nikkor 55/2.8. I want to give a review of this lens because it's really a good lens and I have to put the review here because I couldn't find dedicated place for this lens. It has the same construction as the manual version, so optical quality is (i think) identical though I never compare both. It goes to 1:1. However, it's not so convenience working in life size reproductin with this lens because the distance is so small. You need a TC for longer distance. The AF of my lens is broken so I cannot tell you how fast it is although AF is not really necessary in macro. That's the reason why I could get it cheaply. I don't think the distance scale is important. It's only important to know the magnification ratio you're working on.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand Cameras

Similar Products Used:   AF Nikkor 35-70 /2.8 D macro

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Linda Vogt a Expert from New York

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2002

Strengths:    Really sharp and contrasty, close and far, wide open, centre to corner. Metal finish, 52mm thread, low flare, low distortion. Overall quite excellent.

Weaknesses:    Only goes to 1:2 and it sucks in a lot of dust as you focus from one extreme to another.

Bottom Line:   
One of Nikon's best.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   105/2.8 AF Micro, 50/1.8 AF, 200/4 Micro MF, 55/1.2 MF, 55/2.8AF (yes AF).

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Morris Gallimore a Casual from Norway

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2001

Strengths:    1:2 macro + high quality normal lens in a very compact package. No need for a lens hood (glass is well recessed so flare is not an issue).

Weaknesses:    None I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
This is truly a gem of a lens. As a macro lens 1:2 it is great but donæt let that stop you from using it as a normal lens for both indoor and outdoor photography. I enjoy natural light photography and this has proven to be a very practical lens for this purpose providing high resolution and excellent contrast even at f2.8 to make these pictures simply stand out. Whem I travel I take the 20mm f2.8, 55mm f2.8 and the 105mm f2.5 which is sufficient weaponry with my FE2 to take some breathtaking photos.

Simply a great lens

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   50mm f1.8 AIS, 50mm f1.4 AF, Minolta 50mm 1.8 (55mm f2.8 provides better resolution and contrast than all of these even at 2.8).

Type of photography:   People



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