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    WTB 55mm f3.5 Nikkor Macro

    I'd like to purchase a 55/3.5 macro nikkor. Cosmetics doesnt matter, as long as it is in working condition. I hope it's cheap. Shoot me a PM if you have one.

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    probably the sharpest lens I own, and it's not for sale.
    www.vinnywalsh.com

    I know what I want but I just don't know how to go about gettin' it.-Hendrix

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    Yes that's what i have seen from the samples in the net and in print. Tho I am after the Macro capability (the uber sharpness is a very good bonus)

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    Any big difference between the 3.5 and the 2.8 (the 2.8's we have are marked as Micro-Nikkor 55mm, not "Macro" Nikkor)
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Optically, both are excellent, the 2.8 has a reputation for getting oily aperture blades.

    You might have a hard time getting one here, most people who get one keep them "until death do us part".

    KEH have quite a few at the moment.
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    Actually I have a 55/3.5 -- I thought it was another 2.8. BUT...even though it is beautiful (looks like new except for a fingerprint of the inside glass), it will not meter on the cameras (so it might be modified for slide copier it was pulled off of). The back where it attaches to the body is slightly different than the 55/2.8 Nikon lens.

    The aperature does close down properly when the shutter is fired.

    I suppose it can be used with an external meter, but I do not know how much to compensate for "bellow factor" -- or if one even has to (my experience is with ones that can meter thru the lens, and LF cameras where I can measure the bellows draw)

    Vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    If you haven't see this web site, enjoy.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kkor/index.htm
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    This will help with exposure compensation.

    http://static.photo.net/attachments/...h-30259584.pdf

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...55mmmicro1.htm

    Also some useful info here near the bottom of the page.

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55f35ai.htm
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Any big difference between the 3.5 and the 2.8 (the 2.8's we have are marked as Micro-Nikkor 55mm, not "Macro" Nikkor)
    The later 2.8 version has an "improved" optical formula reported to be better than the 3.5's at longer distances and infinity while still retaining it's excellent performance in the close up range.

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    I have this lens too, paid 40 bucks for mine. Absolutely flawless copy. I use it with an adapter on my EOS 5d as well as natively on my Nikkormat. Fantastic lens.
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / B+M 135mm Zeiss Tessar + Compur Deckel
    RB67 Pro S /50 4.5 / 90 3.8 / 180 4.5 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
    FED-2 / 50 2.8 Industar 26m / 85 f2 Jupiter-9
    Canon 300v / A2

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