55 3.5 macro examples

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mood, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    would love to see any examples from this lens

    supposedly one of the sharpest macros made....?

    TIA
     
  2. Hi Frank

    I think it's one of my sharpest. I also have a 105 f4 and 200 f4 AF. Look here:
    https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=169685
    #1,2,3,4 and 6 were taken with the 55 f3.5 Ai which I bought new in '77. The others were taken with the 200. EXIFs are intact if you want to make sure I got them right

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
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  3. Here's one.

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    Click on the picture and it'll take you to my Flickr page with more samples.

    Ronnie
     
  4. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks Larry and Ronnie

    deciding bwt this lens , the 55 2.8 AiS and 28-105
     
  5. I can't help with the zoom, but you can't go wrong with the 55, especially since they are relatively inexpensive.

    Larry
     
  6. KeithR

    KeithR

    710
    Jun 21, 2008
    Minnesota
    I've got one that I bought for copy work(negatives to slides). Since going digital, I don't shoot film and the the lens is just not used anymore. I haven't posted it for sale cause I didn't think anyone would be interested in it.
     
  7. InLimbo87

    InLimbo87

    454
    Jul 30, 2008
    Orlando, Fl
    I didn't get much time with this lens as I had a non-ai copy and upgraded my d40 to d80 (incompatible now), but I did get some pics of my reef aquarium. I was pretty happy with the sharpness of this lens, here are some pics:

    August72008Acans.

    August72008AlienEye.

    August72008PAcans.

    August72008Yuma.

    August52008Macro-3.

    I think I'll be picking up an AI copy of this lens in the future, as I would've liked to explore the possibilities more with it.
     
  8. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks guys
    the 55 3.5 and 55 2.8 are both inexpensive
    the 28-105 is also and more versatile
    I have even looked into the older 105 2.8, that one is a little more $$

    I don't really require 1:1, even though the 55 3.5 offers that
    1:2 is good for my needs
     
  9. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    28-105, it'sa dandy
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  10. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    Frank: My 55/2.8 is coming tomorrow hopefully, I'll try and report back to the cafe once I've given it a bit of a test

    Nute: What's going on this image? It looks like there's a bit of backstory.
     
  11. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks Robert
    will look forward to it...
     
  12. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    ped hem/oncology clinic @ Deornbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
     
  13. I wish I had something better to offer than these shots Frank but I hope they will do. I like my 55 f/3.5 a lot. I have used it a few times and each time I get really good results. I have used mine with a PK-13 ex-tube and I love the combo. I also couple my ex-tube with my 75-150 E and 200 f/4 and can get some good results. Either way, that 55 f/3.5 is a wonderful lens.

    God Bless,
    David

    D1x and 55 f/3.5
    250659577_BVTH6-M.

    D1x and 200 f/4+PK-13
    345429660_mJP75-L.

    D1x and 75-150 E+PK-13
    201987029_wVP5Y-M.
     
  14. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks David
    I forgot that you had one

    lovely shots
     
  15. Thanks Frank. I'll go home tonight and see if I have a few more shots from 55mm macro. If I do I'll post them later tonight.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  16. The 55 f/3.5 I have (an AI model) only goes to 1:2. You need an extension tube for 1:1 (can't remember which though).

    Ronnie
     
  17. InLimbo87

    InLimbo87

    454
    Jul 30, 2008
    Orlando, Fl
    M2 extension tube will get ya 1:1
     
  18. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    I thought I had read "use of the M ring "will get you 1:1
    I assumed that was part of the lens itself
    no matter I guess, 1:2 is good enough
     
  19. Either an M2 or the PK-13 will get you that 1:1 ratio. I have an M2 tube and it is a non-AI tube meaning it won't meter with the camera. You'd have to use stop down metering to use it. The PK-13 is an AI tube so it should meter with the appliciable body.

    God Bless,
    David
     
  20. (Jordan)

    (Jordan)

    12
    Mar 17, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    I've got a 55mm f/3.5 and use it on my D70s and FG (film) bodies. It's a very nice lens, but I'm looking to upgrade to something with a slightly longer focal length -- maybe one of the Tamron 90mm ones.

    Some samples:

    55mm f/3.5 on a Nikon FG with Tri-X film:
    520898775_4254a7bd4c. >

    From the D70s, converted to B&W:
    2433151184_bc4fbd2b5d. >
     
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