Hi Dan - thanks for the input... it's simply that every single 'experiment' I've found comparing luminars to micro nikkors have found the micro nikkors comparable enough to be a wash for the purpose. Also- I really feel I should contest the comment about the official or 'scientific' point of view about the optimization of formulae. If that were IN FACT true - then we would see regular taking lenses and enlarger lenses (reversed of course) outperforming micro nikkors and the like. It's just not so apparently.

http://www.tonipuma.it/tecnica/63vs65/index.htm

http://savazzi.freehostia.com/photog...erlensespm.htm

there are a ton of other photomicrography pages on the subject... I've read many of them. I included the two above because they show sample images from each...