Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1 review: 3.5 f = 55mm

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Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm. increase.

In short

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm is a classic macro lens of a bygone era. Good build quality, comfortable focusing, maximum magnification ratio 1: 2.

For macro photography, autofocus is often not important, but because such manual lenses are still popular. Also, for macro photography, aperture values ​​are often used, and therefore low aperture 1: 3.5 is not particularly embarrassing.

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

History

The Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm lens, with serial number 663401, presented in this review, belongs to the Micro-Nikkor class 55 / 3.5 lens line. All Micro-Nikkor 55 / 3.5 lenses are built on the basis of the same optical design for 5 elements in 4 groups. The line itself has a lot of different versions and sub-versions, the main ones are:

  1. Nippon Kogaku Japan Micro-NIKKOR 1: 3.5 f = 5.5cm, produced in a small batch from 1961-1963, two versions with different thread designs for the filter.
  2. Nippon Kogaku Japan Micro-NIKKOR Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm, 1963-1969. There are several modifications that differ only in different marks on the lens body.
  3. Nippon Kogaku Japan Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm, 1969-1971. The prefix 'P' in the name of the lens means 'Pente' - 'Five', i.e. 5 elements in the optical scheme.
  4. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm. Lens presented in this review. Actually the same previous model, just with a different name, 1971-1973.
  5. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P · C Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm, 1973-1975. The prefix 'C' in the lens name means 'Coating' - 'Enlightenment' and indicates the transition of the ruler to a new, improved enlightenment.
  6. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm 1: 3.5 PK-3, 1975-1977, the so-called 'new' or 'K' model.
  7. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm 1: 3.5 PK / PK-3.13, 1977-1979, AI version. Several subversions.

In the end, the lens was never updated to AI-S modifications - in 1979 he was replaced by a very high-quality Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm 1: 2.8 (AI-S), in which, in addition to increasing the aperture ratio, there was a change and complication of the optical scheme to 6 elements in 5 groups.

It's important: Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm is Non-ai the lens and without its alteration (AI-conversion) there will be problems when installing on certain modern CZK Nikon. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm lens already redone (the 'ears' were cut off from it, and also part of the 'skirt' of the diaphragm ring was sawed off). Compatibility details are described here.

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Main technical specifications of Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Name of instances from review Near the front lens 'Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm 663401'. On 'Lens Made in Japan' case
Basic properties
  • Microphone - lens for macro photography
  • P (Pente) - five elements in the optical scheme
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • NON-AI / PRE-AI / NON-G (Non gelded) - the presence of a diaphragm control ring, automatic aperture control without transmitting the aperture value to modern cameras
  • Metal case
  • Nikon M2 Extender Support
  • Enlightened Optics
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm
Focal length 55 mm, the EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 82.5 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this is a fixed lens)
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with Nikon F mount
Number of aperture blades 6 straight (not rounded) petals
Labels
  • marking with a focusing distance in meters [from infinity to 35 cm] and centimeters [cm, after 35 cm] (white) and feet [up to 21 inches] and inches [after 21 inches] (yellow)
  • scale with a magnification of magnification with values ​​of 1:10, 1: 8, 1: 7, 1: 6, 1: 5, 1: 4, 1: 3, 1: 2.5, 1: 2
  • magnification scale for working with the Nikon M2 extender with values ​​of 1: 1, 1: 1.5, 1: 2. Done in blue.
  • focus distance scale when working with a Nikon M2 extender with values ​​of 21.4, 22.3, 24.1 centimeters or 8 13/32, 8 3/4, 9 1/2 feet. Done in blue.
  • depth of field scale for F / 22 (blue), F / 16 (yellow), F / 11 (pink), F / 5.6 (green)
  • infrared mark (red dot)
  • ring with aperture values, there are marks for F / 3.5, 5.6 (green), 8, 11 (pink), 16 (yellow), 22, 32 (blue)
Diaphragm F / 3.5 to F / 22

The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type).

MDF (minimum focusing distance)
  •  24.1 centimeters in normal mode (maximum 1: 2 magnification factor)
  • 21.4 centimeters with Nikon M2 Extender (maximum 1: 1 magnification)
The weight 240 grams
Optical design 5 elements in 4 groups. Optics has NIC enlightenment

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mmImage of optical circuit clickable

All Micro-NIKKOR 55 / 3.5 lenses are built on the same optical design

Lens hood Screws into the thread of the front filter
Period Produced from 1971-1973, in 1973 replaced by Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P · C Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)
Price New do not sell. In a variant B. at. 80-120 cu

Prices for modern Nikon lenses can be found here.

Similar old lenses have a typical case design with silver accents.

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Assembly, control, focus

Lens body made very high quality. Metal is used for all parts of the body. The focus ring is wide and comfortable, rotates approximately 300 degrees.

During focusing, the front of the housing frame, together with the threads for the filters, rotates and extends forward.

The diaphragm device consists of only 6 petals.

On the case there is a focus distance scale, the depth of field scale (in the form of colored stripes) and a label for working in the infrared spectrum. Separately, it is worth noting the additional scale, which only works with the optional Nikon M2 extender.

The lens has the ability to receive macro images with a 1: 1 magnification, for this the lens is designed to use a special extension ring (extender) Nikon M2 ('M' means 'Macro'). Such a ring with Micro-Nikkor 55 / 3.5 retains automatic iris control. Actually, the prefix 'Auto' in the name of the lens just talks about the automatic iris of the lens.

How to use Nikon manual lenses (such as this one without CPU and with manual focus) on any modern Nikon interchangeable lens digital camera described in the section 'manual optics'.

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Image quality and sample photos

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm creates a good picture for its time. Good sharpness in the center of the frame already with open aperture. For a macro lens, sharpness is a very important optical parameter and this lens has no problems even with modern digital cameras with a high pixel density. Otherwise, there are no critical issues. Only in the backlight can one sometimes get a strong loss of contrast.

Photographer Alexander Kirichenko helped make sample photos for this review. Convert RAW source files with Nikon D810 original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility or off-camera JPEG ready.

Download jpeg source photos c Nikon D810 can at this link (65 files, 1 GB).

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

All MICRO NIKKOR autofocus lenses

FX fix:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  4. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  5. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  7. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  8. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D

FX zoom:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

DX fix:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1
Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

Results

It is always a pleasure to work with old and solid lenses. Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm even today is a relevant and affordable solution for macro photography.

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Comments: 4, on the topic: Review of Nikon Micro-NIKKOR-P Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm

  • Neo

    I have the same, I shoot on the d700 very satisfied. Of course the picture with the d810 is juicier at times, but it's hard to notice

    • For neo

      You are sorry, but only color blind will not notice if the picture is juicier at times. Or then not at times. There is no third

  • Valery

    I use this, but rarely, macro fifty dollars is somehow out of my hands, for nature, micro-nikkor 4/200 is more popular, + 1,5 converter, and for the little thing, 2,8 / 50 el-nikkor is upside down form

  • Vio

    scale 1: 2 - well, somehow not very ....

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