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I have owned one of these in one form or another since about 1969 and would not be without it. My wife also uses one as her all-around lens.Focusing is easy, even in low light. Speed is adequate for general use. Small size makes it easy to carry. Image quality is great.
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've owned this lens, previously; however, I was using it mostly for slideduplicating. It was excellent in that regard. I've used newer macro lenses in longer focal lengths; and admittedly, they are worth more than the extra bucks it costs to purchase these newer lens designs/optics.
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.
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.
F2.8 is slow to me on this focal length but ok on a zoom or a telephoto.
I was able to take a few shots with this lens before I had to return it. The sharpness and micro detail for this focal length was astounding. For some reason the aperture could not be adjusted from the camera. I bought it for this reason since I already own a 55mm 3.5 micro AI.
this is a lens perfect . excelent sharpness, best mechanics performance, ring focus perfect, 2.8! and very good macro lens!this is a lens for ever!
I have five lenses..from 1972 to 1998...used on F2, Nikkormat, F3 and Oxberry and Forox animation and copy stands...now on D600 and D610
My favorite lens is the buttery smooth 55 2.8 f.2.8. A bit short for hardcore macro work, but my Mamiya 120 f4 does the trick for that. The 55mm works when things are tight. Brings clarity in the fog of night, turns smiles into sunshine.
I needed a manual iris & focus zoom-macro lens for a major project at work, with a cost that balanced performance & value. Zoom range, clarity & field of view were critical parameters for the high MP images being captured.
I bought this lens in 1986 to use for close-up work on a Nikon F3. Today it is perfect on my Nikon D800E. I also have the AF-S Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8, and the AF-S Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8.