Best Nikon 55mm f3.5 vs Nikon 55mm f2.8 Micro-NIKKOR AIS Macro Lenses Compared

What are the differences between the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 AI and the Nikon 55mm f/2.8 Micro-NIKKOR AIS Macro Lenses. This video will show you how they compare and why one may be better than the other for your photography needs.

We will also take a look at the insides of the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 and Nikon 55mm f/2.8. Kenneth from Denmark and his very useful tube channel “Mikeno62” completely takes the two macro vintage lenses apart, shows us what they are like inside, and give you some incite on how you can repair them.

Nikon 55mm f3.5 basic specs:
5 elements in 4 groups.
Conventional spherical design, with no floating elements.
Newer versions are multicoated.
The close focusing distance is 0.79 feet – 9.5 inches – 0.241 meters.
6 straight aperture blades.
Stops down to f/32 from f/3.5.
Uses a 52mm filter
The older 55mm 1:3.5 does NOT have the CRC system.
Nikon specifies the weight at 8.64 oz. (245g)

Nikon 55mm f2.8 basic specs:
6 elements in 5 groups.
Conventional spherical design, with no floating elements.
Newer versions are multicoated.
The close focusing distance is 0.82 feet – 9.84 inches – 0.25 meters.
7 straight aperture blades.
Stops down to f/32 from f/2.8.
Uses a 52mm filter
The newer 55mm 1:2.8 has the floating lens system CRC (close range correction)
Nikon specifies the weight at 9.87 oz. (280g)

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Some of the rubber tools he uses to open lenses. The screwdriver set he uses in the disassembly video above.