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Gear from yesteryear: What does a 40-year-old lens look like at 46 Megapixels?: Digital Photography Review

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The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm F2.8 was introduced back in 1979, just one year before the release of Nikon’s third professional SLR camera body, the F3. I don’t know when my particular copy of this lens was made, but it looks pretty well-worn.

I picked it up in college for a song at a local photography shop, and the aperture blades promptly got stuck in the wide-open position. A couple years later, I finally got it repaired at the tiny Camera Clinic in Shoreline, WA (since closed, sadly), and have used it on and off ever since. In fact, I’ve used it for more than few product shots on this site over the past few years. I’ve always thought it more than held its own on 24MP camera bodies, so I thought, “I wonder how it’d look on a Nikon Z7 or Z7 II?” So just for fun, here it is on Nikon’s high-end high-Megapixel mirrorless camera bodies.

I’m honestly pretty impressed. There’s some chromatic aberration wide-open, but sharpness seems pretty solid. The main thing is that 46MP really challenged my (admittedly not great) manual focus skills – even using magnification with focus peaking. But this has been a fun lens to mess around with, and solidified for me that it’s handy to keep around.

What about you? What’s your favorite older lens to adapt to modern digital cameras? Is there a particular one we should try out next? Let us know in the comments.

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