written by Tim Cady Photographer and Berger Bros employee.
Nikon's macro lenses have always had a special appeal to me and to many other photographers. These specialized lenses, of superior optics, combined with close focusing capabilities to actual size ratios, or even larger ratios with extension devices such as a bellows or extension tubes, can go far and beyond the call of duty. The early Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 was a historically important lens that proved itself in the 1970’s and 1980’s many times over with its versatility due to its high performance characteristics.
Speaking of history, the 55mm f2.8 Micro-Nikkors, the 105mm f2.8 Micro-Nikkors and the medical Micro-Nikkors are still very sought after lenses with very high resolving power and real world performance.
I mention real world performance because all of these Micro-Nikkor lenses are not only suited for close-up work but can “multi-task” as wonderful portrait lenses with extreme detail and with reasonably fast maximum apertures. I still shoot amazing portraits with the Nikon AF 60mm f2.8D on a Nikon D300S.
Nikon’s recent AF Micro-Nikkors still has proven to be some of their most remarkable products. The Nikon 60mm f2.8G AFS ED and the105mm f2.8G AFS ED (now with Nikon’s VR technology) are vastly improved lenses which manage to impress any scrutinizing eye for mind blowing close-ups to stunning portraits with a very natural background blur.
The range of newly released Micro-Nikkors includes the 40mm f2.8G DX, the 85mm f/3.5G DX VR and the amazing Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens.
It seems like Nikon has put an enormous amount of research and engineering into all of their Micro-Nikkor lenses. In conclusion, if you want a very versatile lens that will go far and beyond the call of duty, any of the new Micro-Nikkors can do more than stand up to the "multi-task" at hand.
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