A note of caution DO NOT store any of your lenses in your basement unless they are in airtight containers that also contain some industrial strength type of desiccate gel packs. I didn't and fungus developed on my old venerable manual focus Nikkor's that all but ruined them.
Fortunately I moved them out of the basement and found a company "Focal Point Inc" in Colorado that did a spectacular job of repairing all of the damage to them. The newest one of my old Nikkor's to get some of FPI's TLC was my 55mm micro. It had been down on my list when the money became available to repair another old lens because I had very capable new auto focus lenses that took great macro shots. But I did miss my little micro lens anyway because there were many times when my camera bag had little spare room for one of these lenses if close up shots was not the theme of the day, and if I unexpectedly came across a wonderful close up shot I had no lens on me to capture it with. My 55mm micro being a manual focus lens can fit in my shirt pocket. If Focal Point Inc could bring it back to it's old luster.
Focal Point mailed it back to me in time for my fall sojourns this year but no opportunity presented itself to test it. But as I noticed from some of the previous shots in this sequence I was close to around 50mm or so using my 17-70mm Sigma zoom, and figured why not try my old micro lens on this scene with so much fine detail that needed to be recorded.
For many many years, macro lens were never used for this type of shot because they were optimized for close up shooting and delivered poor results on distant scenes captured with your camera. But that was the case with NON Nikon lenses. Nikon got it's reputation for making some of the worlds finest lenses for a very good reason, and this lens never failed me before no matter what the shot I was trying to capture, and now thanks to Focal Point Inc. Old faithful is back in my camera bag again giving jaw dropping results just like it did 25 years ago.
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