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LENS PORN: Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)


Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)
Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)
Mine is the pre-AI version from 1977.



Have you always been drawn to Nikon's 55mm macro lenses because they are the cheapest lenses around but legendary for their sharpness -- yet have always felt confused why there are too many versions and what each version is?

Yes, I felt the same way too! Which is why I have compiled a chronological overview of the versions available.

(I happen to own one, the 1977 Pre-AI version.)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2011)

Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (1977 Pre-AI)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)

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Micro-Nikkor 55mm VERSIONS
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1961


Nikon releases the reflex type preset-aperture version.

It goes down to 1:1 and is very rare nowadays.

This lens was said to perform super sharp at macro,

but horrible for focusing to infinity.

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)



1963

Nikon releases the first 'Auto' diaphragm in 2 versions:

one with compensating diaphragm (Nikkor-P Auto 55mm f/3.5 Micro),

the other without compensating diaphragm (without the 'P').

The first version from 1961 went down to 1:1,

but it performed horribly when focused to infinity.

Nikon engineers made corrections to make a balanced compromise,

thus, it only goes to 1:2 from this point.

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)




1970


Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)



1973


Nikon started applying NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) to this lens.

Lenses treated with this have a suffix of 'C'.



1974/1975


Same chrome body but diamond-textured focus rubber grip

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)




1977

Introduction of the f/3.5, pre-AI version.

The body is all black but same optical formula as before.

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)



1979

Introduction of the f/2.8 AI

Take a look at how the aperture ring differs from non-AI lenses.



Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)



1980

Introduction of the f/2.8 AI-S version





1986

Introduction of the Nikkor AF 55mm f/2.8s

The first AF version, same optical formula as before.

It's such a shameful design and ergonomics,
Nikon only made a few of these and didn't include it in its website.

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)



1989

Introduction of the Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8

It has a different cosmetic and optical formula.



1993

Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D ('D' version).

Glass is treated with Nikon SIC (Super Integrated Coating).

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)





2008

Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 G

With Nano Coating and ED ('Extra Low Dispersion' glass)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)





2011

July 2011, Nikon announces the

Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8 G

for DX cameras (FX = 60mm)

Versions of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm (1961-2008)

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Images from:

My photo album

https://flic.kr/s/aHskFU7C7J

Nikon USA website


MIR


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