Nikon 55mm Micro

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  1. Derek_Caven99

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    Anyone have one of these. Im thinking of buying one...are there any AF ones. All ive found is MF ones. How close do they focus? Are they as good as ive heard.
     
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    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/1stafnikkor/AF55mmmicro.htm Yep there is an AF one. But there are slightly more modern alternatives.

    Close focus is not the number you're concerned with on macros, it's reproduction ratio. An in this case it is 1:1 just like with other Nikkor fixed focal macros.

    The 60mm MicroNikkor is more well received, as is the 105mm which many people have here (myself included). To get 1:1 at 55mm you need to be very close to your subjects which tends to spook a lot of butterflies etc.

    http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/46-...icro-nikkor-af-60mm-f28-d-review--test-report
    http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/46-...nikkor-af-105mm-f28-d-review--lab-test-report
    http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/46-...-af-s-105mm-f28g-if-ed-vr-review--test-report
     
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    Thanks for the info! Cant afford the 105mm altho i REALLY want one.
     
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    Not even a second hand one? I managed to get mine for the same price of a new 18-55mm.

    You have a D70 so there's no restricting you to the overly expensive 105mm f/2.8 AF-S. You may luck out on a bargain AF D version on ebay.
     
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    I've got one and rarely use it but it's a great lens. Can't envision need for auto focus unless you have a fast insect or some such. Closeup work is usually exacting slow work where you have time to manually setup everything. (it would be interesting to hear about an application which really requires auto focus.)

    Don't rule out using extension tubes. PK1, 2, 3 or PK11, 12, 13 or PN11 depending on the need for electrical connection. Extension tubes get you close focus at the cost of lens speed (aperature). Don't recall the actual numbers but IIRC the PK1 adds one stop, the PK2 two stops etc. But one usually needs to get as much depth as possible.

    Way back, reversal rings were also used as many lenses work better at close focus when reversed on the camera (Nikon BR1). Then you need a reversal filter ring to use 52mm filters on the lens' bayonet.

    Then you will start looking at ring flashes.

    No end to the fun.
     
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    Would the Non A-IS version work fine on my D70? Just mf and in manual mode right?
     
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    I have one. Yes... it's a great lens. I can focus at something like 4 inches or less. So close that the camera causing a shadow on the subject is a concern.

    -Pete
     
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    I mean non- AI
     
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    I've loaned this lens to a friend who used it on a digital Nikon. You can catch him here occasionally... Maybe send him a personal message.
     
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    It will work fine on your D70 just won't have all the functions available. Shouldn't matter much as macro work is quite different than regular shooting.

    It's a very good lens.
     
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    Cool. Where did you get the used one from?
     
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    Well I bought it privately. But I did see one go on ebay for $100 more the same week. Just keep your eyes pealed. Too many people dismiss second hand purchases where as this is the perfect hobby where you can find some real gems.
     

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