Note* : If you’re a bride looking to see our work, go ahead and scroll past this post :) This is a little break from our norm to give some insight to our photographer friends.
OK. So we’ve been looking for a nice macro lens for a long time. Nikon has some great lenses like the 105mm VR 2.8 and the 60mm 2.8, but we felt like that was a little too much money to wrap up in a lens that’s only used a few times as each wedding. We’d much rather spend that on the 24mm 1.4 or the 35mm 1.4 (We’re waiting patiently Nikon!!).
We did lots of research and started hearing about the 55mm 3.5 and 2.8. They’re old lenses, like 30 years old, so I was a little hesitant. I looked online for about a week and found some really nice pictures produced by this lens. Even though it’s manual focus, I went ahead and found one to order after a little searching.
When this lens arrived, you would swear that it was the latest, greatest offering from Nikon…lol. It was like Christmas! We mounted this lens on our D700 and it was pure magic. The bokeh is amazing, resolution is great and I’d say it’s one of the sharpest lenses we own now. That’s saying a lot against the 85mm 1.4, 28-70, and Sigma 50mm 1.4 just to name a few. Here’s a pic of the lens and some images we took with it!! These are really small flowers and buds so this is at super magnification. It’s truly a macro with close to 1:1 or 1:2 magnification. Btw, the camera metering and focus indicator both work great!