- Very sharp image rendition, even wide open at f/4.
- Moderately large, but reasonable weight;
- Veiling flare not as well controlled as modern coatings.
- Clunky screw-drive autofocus is slow and hunts a lot. However, it proved quite accurate.
- Very useful working distance is much more convenient than with 100mm macro lenses, as well as narrowing the angle of view.
- Very sturdy tripod collar, among Nikon’s very best.
My initial impressions are favorable enough, and this lens unique enough in its capabilities that I think it would be a useful addition to anyone who like shooting close-up, and it can also double as a compact 200mm lens for other purposes. At about $1650, it’s costly enough that it needs to be thought out in context of one’s other lenses, but I have little doubt that the working distance is well worth it for macro shooters.
This frog is a visual trick. Is it inverted or raised? Strictly as-shot, nothing manipulated.